"Early childhood learning experiences for children are all about the teacher. And there isn’t a better preschool teacher in the area than Melissa Gibbs. She has the sensitivity and empathy to understand each child’s developmental need of the moment, and the wisdom to provide the right mix of support and flexibility. It is the art of teaching and Melissa is superb. But you don’t have to believe me, just ask any of the children and they will tell you how much they love her! When teachers create that kind of environment, children thrive and learn and experience the joy of school."
Kate Thegen, Education/Mental Health Coordinator, Durham Early Head Start.
"Melissa Gibbs and the staff at The Family Center of Northern Durham are valuable treasures here in Durham for children and families. The tender and attentive care, the resource-rich environment, and the enriching activities at the Family Center are impressive and delightful to see. What a fun surprise it is to find out what the craft activity of the day is, what will be discovered in the outdoor play area, and what books might be hand-picked from the extensive Center's library to match a child's interest. How comforting it is to greet the Center's pets every morning, play with big or little blocks with a friend, or dress up in the dramatic play area and set up a restaurant or store.
I was so impressed that not only my own daughter, but all of the children at the center, together with their families, are given special attention that seems to be tailored to their personality, learning style, and developmental stage. The diversity of the staff, and their commitment to the early childhood field make the Family Center a wonderful place for children, and an asset to the larger Durham community. Our family is so glad to know about the Family Center Preschool!"
Satsuki Scoville, parent
"I enrolled my son in preschool at the Family Center during a difficult time in our lives. We had just pulled our child out of another preschool program, and both my child and I were feeling discouraged and disheartened. But Melissa and the staff at the Family Center knew how to connect with my child, and they built a strong, trusting relationship with him. He blossomed during his time there. Melissa not only gave my son the gift of a wonderful preschool experience, but she helped me to become a wiser parent. My son is now in 2nd grade, but to this day I am thankful that we found The Family Center."
Kenny Levine, parent