Preschool and Summer Camp Fun

by | May 13, 2024 | Education, Online Exclusives

Soundside Meadow Day School delivers enrichment for preschoolers in Hampstead.

Renee Richard and Joanna Alexander are best friends who share the same dream. While organizing play dates and thematic events and celebrations with their preschool-aged children, they discussed the reality of opening their own preschool in their home community of Hampstead.

Richard, a certified teacher in early childhood, primary elementary and special education since 2006, and Alexander, with a business degree and experience working in the nonprofit/medical sector with the developmentally delayed, decided that by combining forces, they could provide our area with a resource for the youngest members of our community.

In October 2023 their dream became reality when they discovered a quaint location in Hampstead Village.

The name Soundside Meadow Day School pays homage to their coastal upbringings and inland residences, combined with their vision of music and movement intertwined within a serene and peaceful, inviting environment.

Joanna and Renee Preschool

At their soft opening in March, 13 children from ages 12 months to 5 years old enrolled. That immediately grew to 30-plus enrolled in the fall 2024 session, with more on several waitlists.

Alexander says they anticipated growth but not at this dramatic rate, a pleasant surprise as they work to hire qualified individuals to join their growing staff.

“What we pride ourselves on is a small, home-like setting in a private school environment,” Alexander says.

“We are a very individualized, child-centered, traditional yet play-based preschool,” Richard adds. “We use a curriculum that is used by many early childhood centers in the nation and supplement with music, movement and sensory play.”

Hampstead NC Preschool

The owners say the school offers both morning sessions and afternoon sessions. They also are providing an opportunity for summer preschool camp sessions in June, July and August. Each week will have a different theme to explore, including Fun with Food, Down on the Farm, Stars and Stripes, Olympics and more.

“We love Hampstead and we love the sense of community we find here,” Richard says. “It’s important to us to share the sense of community here at our school.”

Want to See the School?
Soundside Meadow Day School Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Thursday, May 16, 5:30 p.m.
Soundside Meadow Day School will celebrate a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism.
Tours of the school will be available, and refreshments will be served. RSVP on the chamber website.

Find out more about the day school on their Facebook page.

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