A Safe Place Child Enrichment Center has won a City of Raleigh 2017 Environmental Award for Urban Agriculture
2015 Environmental Awards!!

This year marked the inaugural Urban Agriculture Awards, sponsored by the City of Raleigh Environmental Advisory Board and M/I Homes, to encourage the development of urban agricultural efforts within the city. Fourteen local community gardens received monetary gifts ranging from $250 to $1,000.

Small Community Garden:
  • A Kind Garden Child Enrichment Center
  • A Safe Place Child Enrichment Center
  • Beginning & Beyond Child Development Center Inc.
  • Childcare Network #61
  • Method Child Development Center
  • Primary Beginnings, CDC

[ Environmental Awards Website ]


National Association for the Education of Young Children :: ACCREDITATION!!

A Safe Place Childcare received the NAEYC accreditation, which is like receiving the good housekeeping seal of approval. The accreditation is one of the highest standards for child care. The process included on-site observations and 10 standards of measurable objectives. This helps prove that a Safe Place Childcare is huge in the quality care of the high-risk population of Wake County. [ NAEYC Website ]


Natural Learning Initiative News
  • POD Wake Co. Demonstration Centers
  • Nature Play and Learning Places available in Print Edition
  • Local Foods Extension Publications
  • Early Spring in the Garden and other resources

Before and After Pictures


Farm-to-Childcare grant program aims to get more fresh food to kids

A child has a breakfast of homemade waffles, yogurt with fresh blueberries and milk at the Childcare Network on Western Boulevard in Raleigh on Sept. 7, 2016. The daycare has utilized grants to start their own garden and purchase fresh produce from a local farmer to reduce the amount of canned and frozen foods the children eat. [ source News & Observer ]

Read the full article Farm-to-Childcare grant


We are were also highlighted in Wake County Smart Start Newsletter. “Creating a garden is relatively simple and can be done in a small space. It could be a small raised bed or a variety of containers such as buckets and wooden boxes filled with soil. ” View the Newsletter Section and check out more at thier website.

We are highlighted in Voices into Action. “With this year’s funding, A Safe Place will provide hands-on workshops that cover growing and caring for one’s own urban garden.” Check out more at Voices into Action’s website.