HOLLY SPRINGS – With most Triangle preschools closed due to COVID-19, one Holly Springs mother has come up with an alternative.

Introducing Little Wings Academy, a new virtual solution for parents of preschoolers created by The Nurtured Nest, a Triangle-based business focused on parent and caregiver education.

The school will offer a mix of live instruction, digital media, and parent-teacher led activities that will help families replace half-day preschools.

“Families like mine are in need of a program that adds structure to these days and fosters the learning my girls were receiving at their preschool,” said Kathryn Dunn, founder of the Nurtured Nest and mother of two preschoolers.

“Parents are struggling in many ways in this season, and this is one way the Nurtured Nest can fulfill its mission to provide families with the resources and education that they need and deserve – and we’re excited to be part of it.”

The monthly preschool subscription includes daily lesson plans with a variety of theme-based activities, at-home center engagement, music education, snack ideas, craft suggestions, print outs, projects and digital media that complement the weekly theme and live virtual check-ins with teachers.

Virtual field trips and socially-distanced, small-group playdates at Little Doodles Play Cafe are also planned.

Dunn, an early childhood educator, said developing a preschool option for families was a natural step for the business, which she founded in 2019.

“Providing efficacious materials that create the rhythm families need all while helping them navigate a new role as parent-teachers is essential,” she said.