Preschools, Daycares, & after school

Swim Lessons

Some Beach Babies Swim Before They Walk! It’s Mer-Mazing!

Learn to Swim & Just Keep Swimming!

The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends starting swimming lessons at the age of 1.

It is so, so, so important that we teach our children to swim, especially those of us who have families that spend a lot of time on the coast. Below is a summary of what I found when I researched swimming lessons in our area.  If you have anything to add, please reach out!  

The Sports Center in Morehead City offers Water Babies*, Group Lessons, and Private Lessons.  

Cape Carteret Aquatic & Wellness Center offers Water Babies* and Swim Lessons. 

Beaufort Swim offers private Lessons by Appointment.

Eastern Athletic Club in Beaufort offers Private Lessons.

Anna Loynes offers Private Lessons. This summer Anna is focusing on private lessons(30 minutes). She sees incredible progress in kids after four lessons, so usually recommends starting with four and then reevaluating after to see if more lessons are needed. She will come to any pool in Morehead City or Atlantic Beach. If someone does not have access to a pool, she has one available for use. Her phone number is 252-269-5451 and her email is This is her fifth summer teaching lessons and she has experience with children 9months-14years.

Grace Bell is a certified lifeguard and has been giving swim lessons for the past 3 years. She has worked with kids ages 6 months to 12 years. She starts out with three 30 minutes sessions but will add on more sessions if desired! Call, text, or email to book!

Phone: 252-723-6001


* Water Babies - Parents and children learn basic water safety and introductory swimming skills with a goal of helping develop comfort and love of the water at a young age. Usually for ages 6 months - 3 years.

Story Times

Your Crystal Coast has 6 Wonderful Libraries!

The Crystal Coast has 6 wonderful libraries! 

Webb Library 

Bogue Banks 

Carteret County Library 

Down East Library 

Newport Library 

Western Carteret Library 

Each library offers a story-time for children.

* . In addition, the PKS Aquarium, Maritime Museum, Teachers' Pet, and Sea & Play offer storytime.  Check individual websites for the most up-to-date information on dates and times.  *


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Carteret Partnership for Children

The Carteret Partnership for Children's Early Education Outreach Program offers Story Explorers - a part-time early education parent/child preschool program.  The program serves children ages 0-3.  Parents and children attend together.  The program is free and open to all families in Carteret County.  There is an application process with slots filled on a first-come first-serve basis.  

Story Explorers runs September-May with classes at 9:30 and 11:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Each class is 1 1/2 hours in length.

A few Summer Meetups are scheduled! Check My Printables for more information!

Crystal Coast Mothers of Preschoolers.

Crystal Coast MOPS meets at Cape Carteret Baptist Church on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month, (September thru May), from 9-11am.  You will be welcomed, accepted, and inspired to reach your full potential as a Mom.

Scholarships are available.  For more information, contact:

Now Registering for 2019/2020.  

Registration & Social August 13 from 5-7pm.

Swansboro MOPS & MOMSnext

MOPS is a place that mothers of children from conception through kindergarten can find authentic community.

MOMSnext is for mothers and school-aged children.  We create a space for moms to feel encouraged and equipped to realize their potential as mothers, women, and leaders.

Looking for more Mamas to join their group! They meet the first and third Sundays, from September to May, from 4:30-6:30pm at Swansboro UMC. For more information on the Swansboro groups click Here: Swansboro MOPS and MOMSnext.

Connect Online

Local Facebook Groups for Families to Follow

Note: Most of these are closed groups that you can easily request to join...

  • Coastal Mamas
  • Coast Playgroups
  • Havelock/Cherry Point Babies & Kids Yard Sales

Fun Local Facebook Pages for Families to Follow

  • Crystal Coast Family
  • The 252 Rocks

Family resources

Resources to help our local families.  If you have something to add, please reach out!  As they say, it takes a village!

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Where you live



Play Where You Live!

Sometimes we get so busy with day to day life that we forget what an incredible place the Crystal Coast is for families. Let me help remind you of the countless reasons your family has to love where you live and help keep you up-to-date.

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Cape lookout lighthouse

Connect Where You Live!

Connect with other local families on your Crystal Coast! The more, the merrier! 

Grow your Crystal Coast Family.

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Protect Where You Live!

Learn tips for keeping your family safe and maintaining your sanity while enjoying the beach, lounging at the pool, and exploring on the boat. And, remember that it is up to us to protect our coast so that we can continue enjoying it for many generations to come.

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