Family Preschool was founded in 1970 by a group of parents who recognized the need for a gentle and play-based preschool where parents and teachers worked alongside one another. They believed that a more integrated school, home, and family-life would lead to a happier, more successful child.

Family Preschool was the first preschool program in North Carolina to receive accreditation from NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). FPS, along with numerous other half-day preschools, later faced increasing fees and prohibitively burdensome NAEYC requirements, which is when and why DOPA (Durham-Orange Preschool Association) was formed.

The school moved to its current Durham campus in 2007. Although the preschool is not officially affiliated with  the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, our values and overall philosophy marry well with the tenets and beliefs of the congregation here.  

While our location and families have  changed through the years, there is one thing that has always remained the same at Family Preschool: we are a truly cooperative preschool. We have always been  rooted in community - teachers, parents, and children working and growing together.