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Waitlist policies and procedures

Please note that UNC REX Healthcare and UNC Health employees and siblings of other children enrolled in our center receive priority for enrollment. Because of this and several other factors, it is difficult to give you an exact number of your child’s placement on the waiting list or an exact time when a space may come available for enrollment.

In the event that your family is offered an opening, you will have four (4) business days to accept or decline the spot. Families can choose to defer the spot no more than two (2) times before losing their rank on the waiting list.

For the health and safety of our current families, we are not scheduling tours of our facility because of the ongoing COVID pandemic at this time. We hope to be able to resume tours soon.

REX Child Development Center

REX Child Development Center

At the REX Child Development Center, we believe every child is unique and special, and we design our programs according to the developmental needs of each child. Our programs focus on the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of the children in our care.

Our center, which is both an infant and toddler care center and a Preschool, is 13,600 sq. feet, including 13 classrooms, multi-purpose room, kitchen, playground, and covered play area. Our staff care for 156 children, aged six weeks to five years of age, with two instructors in every classroom. We are a Five Star Child Care Center licensed by the NC Department of Human Resources and the Division of Child Development.

The Importance of Play

While it may appear that children are simply playing, something more is going on- learning! Children develop valuable skills and gain knowledge through playing. Our center focuses on five specific areas that encourage learning through play. These areas include: Art, Block Building, Books and Language, Dramatic Play and Manipulatives.


Because our center focuses on the “Learn Through Play” philosophy, throughout the day our Preschool children are being encouraged to develop fine motor, gross motor, social and emotional skills. The development of these skills teach the children how to problem solve, allowing them the opportunity to explore their environment with thoughtful curiosity and independence.

Furthermore, through our use of developmentally appropriate activities each child gains the knowledge needed for “kindergarten readiness.”

Classroom Ratios

We currently follow the North Carolina Division of Child Development’s Voluntary Enhanced Ratio Standards. They are as follows:

  • 0- 12 months: ratio of staff/children is 1/4 (maximum group size permitted: 8)
  • 12- 24 months: ratio of staff/children is 1/5 (maximum group size permitted: 10)
  • 2- 3 years: ratio of staff/children is 1/9 (maximum group size permitted: 16)
  • 3- 4 years: ratio of staff/children is 1/10 (maximum group size permitted: 20)
  • 4-5 years: ratio of staff/children is 1/13 (maximum group size permitted: 25)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours of operation?

The Center opens at 6:15 AM and closes at 6:00 PM.

What food is provided by the Center?

All of our food is prepared by the UNC REX Food and Nutrition Department and delivered to our center. We serve a morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack. All of our meals and snacks meet the nutrition requirements required by the Division of Child Development.

What if my child has food allergies and/or special food requirements?

Our menu is completely nut free. We can work with families on an individual basis to provide alternate meals for other allergies and special requirements. In extreme cases the parents can provide alternate meals/snacks that meet the Division of Child Development’s nutrition requirements.

Do the teachers follow a curriculum?

Our teachers currently follow the Creative Curriculum. Each classroom has a daily lesson plan which is created by the teacher. The preschool classrooms have a weekly theme that all their classroom activities are planned around for the week.

Does the Child Development Center have a waiting list, and what is the process for enrollment?

We normally have a waiting list for all ages. It is important to get your name on the list ASAP. When we get to your name on the list we will contact you for a pre-admission visit, at which you will receive enrollment paperwork, meet the teachers and tour the center. You are welcome to contact the center at 919-784-3983 to schedule a tour at any time.

Do you have to be a UNC REX employee in order to enroll your child at the Center?

Preference is given to UNC REX employees, but we do accept children of non-UNC REX employees.

Does the Child Development Center close for severe weather?

Because UNC REX Healthcare operates regardless of severe weather, so do we. The Center has a team of essential staff that is always prepared to open the Center in the event of severe weather.

Is the Child Development Center closed for holidays?

The center is closed for UNC REX observed holidays (New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day). If Christmas, New Year's Day, or 4th of July fall on a weekend, the Center is either closed the Friday before or the Monday after the holiday.

Can we enroll in Flexible Dependent Spending if enrolled at the Child Development Center?

UNC REX employees can enroll in Flexible Spending. Human Resources can help you with enrollment, questions and amounts.

Do you care for sick children?

We do not provide care for sick children in our center. If your child is currently enrolled at our center please see the Sick Child policy for more information.

Join Our Waitlist

If you are interested in having your child attend our center, please register via our Waitlist enrollment form, or call us with any questions.


Related Locations

The REX CDC Garden

Oh how our garden grows! Here are a few pictures from the garden that our 4's and 5's helped grow:

  • Our garden
  • Zucchini blossoms
  • Cucumber on the vine

Community Resources

Below is a list of resources that our current or prospective parents may find helpful:

Super Girl