The History of the Little School


In the fall of 2004, founder Jennifer Adams began the search for quality childcare for her two young children as she began her plan to return to work as a school psychologist in a neighboring school district.  It quickly became apparent that quality childcare was more difficult to find than anticipated, that high quality centers maintained extensive waiting lists, and that there was an obvious need for additional centers in the area.  


After failing to find the center that was the best fit for her children, she decided to open her own school.  Through a series of very fortunate events, and lots of hard work, she opened her own school just around the corner from her home.  The first Little School opened in September 2005 in a beautiful wooded setting in southern Hillsborough with three classrooms, six teachers, and lots of plans and ideas.  After five years the school was bursting at the seams.


With a desire and vision for a larger campus combined with the knowledge and experience gained from the first school, Jennifer made the decision to design and build her dream school.  The Little School at Waterstone opened in January 2010.


Then, in 2011, The Little School contracted with Duke University to create The Little School at Duke.  After a year of renovations to what was the former Duke School for Children campus, the newest Little School campus opened in September of 2012.


What began as a lofty dream has become a vibrant and successful school and business.   The original intention, for Jennifer to find the perfect place for her own children, drives the continued expectation for high quality for all the children in our care.  We hope that the beginning will always define us as such a place.  


Jennifer Adams, Founder, Executive Director