Demonstration Classrooms

  • Two innovative classrooms are located at Project Enlightenment. The use of research-based best practices in early childhood education makes both of them excellent training sites for hundreds of educators, parents, and others in the early childhood community each year. These classrooms serve children the year prior to kindergarten eligibility. Both classrooms serve 4-year-old children (must be 4 years old by August 31st of the year applying).

    • The Demonstration Preschool (DPS) is an inclusive half-day pre-kindergarten classroom. It serves both children with developmental and/or social-emotional concerns and typically developing children. For information about current tuition rates and application instructions, call 919-856-7774, ext. 27010. The DPS 2021-2022 application in English can be accessed here. The DPS 2021-2022 application in Spanish can be accessed here. 


    • The Blended Classroom (BC) is a full-day classroom serving students funded by Title 1, NC PreK and WCPSS Preschool Education Services. It emphasizes research-based early literacy practices. Students are assigned to this classroom by the Wake County Public School System. For an application to this program call Smart Start at 919-851-9550 and ask for a universal application. This application is not specific to Project Enlightenment but is a universal application for all Title I, NC PreK classrooms.

    Through planned observation classes, the two preschool classrooms serve as a training center to help teachers and child care providers develop positive strategies for enhancing their own classrooms.