POD Wake Co.

Primary Beginnings Child Development Center #1

Primary Beginnings Child Development Center, located in Raleigh, NC and a participating POD Wake demonstration center, has improved the quality of their outdoor learning environment by introducing five new settings to increase physical activity and garden productivity.

The installation of a five-foot wide looped pathway provides a favorite activity for the children. Shade trees, nine fruit trees, 363 square feet of vegetable garden beds, and 176 square feet of fruiting shrubs were planted throughout the space.

Over $19,000 was invested in the OLE at Primary Beginnings CDC during the course of the POD Wake project and they received a City of Raleigh Urban Agriculture Award in 2015.


Address: 4001 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 27616
Phone Number: (919) 790-6888
Permit Type: Five Star Center License
Website: Visit Website

The kids run to the beds to see what’s new and if it’s the same as yesterday. They ask questions like, “can we pick tomatoes, can we pull the weeds?”

A child wanted to take some zucchini home… the grandmother ended up preparing it and they loved it. They reported back that it was better than store-bought!

Center Director

Before Renovation

After Renovation

Outdoor Learning Environment

Safe Place Schematic

Planting beds outside classroom doors.

Vine teepees along the primary pathway.

Peas growing on fence in early spring.

Watering activity in the OLE.

Local Partnership for Children

Partnership Name: Wake County Smart Start
Partnership Address: 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27606
Partnership Phone: (919) 851-9550
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