About DCP

Durham Community Preschool (DCP) is a half-day preschool that offers high-quality, nurturing care and education for children age 1 year to 5 years. We are a secular 501 c3 non-profit preschool that was started by a dedicated group of parents in 2009.  We like to think of ourselves a as a preschool created by parents, for parents.

Our current Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 school year are:

  • Anna Rotar, President
  • Joanna John, Vice-President
  • Leslie Rowe, Treasurer
  • Nina Gerrero, Secretary

At DCP you will find:

  • a warm, caring, enriching environment
  • developmentally-appropriate activities and toys
  • child-centered learning
  • an experienced and nurturing staff
  • low teacher-to-child ratios
  • happy children and parents!

Each Fall, we send out a electronic mailing with our forms for the school year. There is a reason the word “community” is part of the school’s moniker – working together to keep this school operating at minimal costs to our families is a key part of our mission, and we strongly value the sense of contentedness that comes from this inclusive approach. Our parents benefit from volunteering, the staff benefits from it, and most importantly, the children benefit from it. This sort of involvement serves as a model to our young ones that volunteerism and teamwork are worthwhile endeavors and all children love seeing their parents more involved with their school.

We welcome your talents, time and interest in whatever capacity is comfortable. Not everyone has the resources to volunteer and that’s OK. We offer a wide-variety of ways to be involved – from helping out at our annual workday, bringing in party snacks to being a class parent. Every little bit strengthens us!

Did you know that Durham Community Preschool is a non-profit? Donations of any amount can be made to DCP through our secure PayPal account or by cash or check during school hours.  All charitable donations to DCP are tax deductible.

Our Staff

Executive Director

Before joining the preschool as a toddler teacher in 2006, Rose was a playgroup organizing, parenting book reading, stay-at-home mom. She really enjoys these first five years and the enormous opportunity for magic, fun and learning that takes place! She became the Executive Director of DCP in 2010 and helped navigate its first few years standing on its own as a secular preschool. Rose is passionate about providing the best preschool experience to children, to engaging families of all types, and to supporting innovative and nurturing teachers. She strives to provide a firm, organized foundation for all these components to thrive in our preschool community. Rose has been a member of the Durham Orange Preschool Association since 2011 and joined the Early Childhood Director’s Forum at Project Enlightenment in 2013.  She attended the Conscious Discipline summit in Chapel Hill in June 2017, a week long immersion into the program that Dr. Becky Bailey developed for educators, administrators and parents alike. Our preschool is taking a journey together to learn about and practice Conscious Discipline in our community. She’ll be back at the Conscious Discipline summit in July 2021 as a helper to those who are new to Conscious Discipline.

Rose has a B.A. in Inter-Cultural studies and her family hosted over ten exchange students in her house while growing up. This experience along with being an exchange student herself in three other countries, helped to shape her worldview of inclusivity, openness and innovation. She is inspired every day by the close school community that DCP embodies!

Hobbies: Painting, reading, walking, eating vegan gluten-free food, drinking tea

Pod #1 Teacher (8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.)

Nicole has over 14 years of experience working with children from infants to 6th grade. Preschool aged children are her favorite age group. She believes children learn best through play. She’s committed to making each child’s early experiences with school fun so that they can grow into life-long learners.

Nicole received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Studies and Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Special Education from California State University, Fullerton.  She graduated Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude respectively.  Nicole has one school-aged daughter and lives in Durham.

Hobbies: running, going to the beach, reading and spending time with her family.

Pod #1 Teacher (8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.)

Sara has 11 years experience teaching children ages 2-8 years old. She began teaching mixed age preschool in Michigan and then spent 5 years teaching kindergarten in a Virginia public school. Sara is passionate about helping children learn and grow through open-ended play, nature, and art. Sara has been an active part of the DCP community for 6 years as a parent and member of the Board of Directors, and is excited to continue on in the DCP family as a teacher. Sara looks forward to helping children strengthen confidence, nurture creativity and exploration, and develop conflict resolution skills that will be strong building blocks for later education.
Sara received her Bachelor’s degree in Language Arts Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Michigan University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Sara lives in Durham with her husband, 2 school age daughters, 2 dogs, and 2 guinea pigs.
Hobbies: Visiting the beach, hiking, painting and creating mixed media art, reading in her hammock, and spending time with her family.

Pod #2 Teacher (10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.)

Laurie joined the DCP community in 2010. She has over 16 years of experience as a preschool lead teacher for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. She appreciates DCP as a small, close-knit preschool that emphasizes the academic, social and cognitive development of young children. The curriculum in her classroom is theme based and teacher created. It is designed to provide children with the opportunity to discover and learn through play while providing structure that will help prepare children for kindergarten. Laurie believes in embracing the “teachable moments” and she enjoys exploring topics that her class is interested in. These unique themes are woven into a yearly curriculum that she shares with parents at the beginning of the year and in her weekly newsletters to parents.

Laurie received her BA in Early Childhood Education from Columbia College in South Carolina. She graduated Cum Laude, is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta – National Honor Sorority, and is a recipient of the Order of the Purple Seal for academic achievement. She lives in Durham with her husband and 3 teenage boys.

HOBBIES: reading, cross-stitch, raising backyard chickens and ducks, SEC football (Go Gamecocks!), caring for family pets and keeping up with her children’s many activities and interests. She is currently writing a children’s book

Pod #2 Teacher (10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.)

Mrs. Diane has been with DCP since 2017. She’s taught in our two year old class and with our fours. She brings happy energy and a love of children into any classroom. She is the mom of two grown married children and grandmother to five grand children ages 17, 16, 9, 5 and 3 years old. She and her husband live in Mebane where they enjoy spending time outdoors.

Hobbies: being at the lake and beach. Doing Zumba!