First Environments Early Learning Center's goal is to provide daycare services for children whose parents are federal employees working in the Research Triangle Park area and contractors on the EPA/NIEHS campus, with a limited number of daycare positions open to the general public.  First Environments is a non-profit organization.  Donations and parent support are an integral part of providing services to the public.

Support is welcome from parents, alumni, staff, and community organizations.  FEELC has a rich history of partnership with local groups, especially those supporting sustainability and environmental education.  We welcome your inquiries if you have additional ideas and means of support; a few of the ongoing programs of particular interest to parents are listed below.

Shop via AmazonSmile for FEELC

Visit and choose "First Environments Parent Organization" as the recipient of funds raised through the AmazonSmile program at no cost to you! 0.5% of each purchase (made through goes towards supporting FEELC. More information can be found at Many thanks for your support!

FEELC Amazon Wish lists

Donate items directly to your child’s classroom or to our Center via our Amazon Wish List! (Pro tip: can be used here too!!)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to email Trudi ( whenever you make a purchase so that the donation can be delivered to the proper classroom.

Amazon Wish List Links

Matching Contribution Challenge for the First Environments Scholarship Program

Double your impact today by contributing to the First Environments Scholarship Fund! The Philpot family has generously agreed to match donations of up to $1,000 each year for the next three years to encourage donors to make contributions to our Scholarship Fund, which helps provide tuition assistance for those in need.

To make a donation, please click on the following link to complete and submit our Donation Form.

Donation Drive for the Sustainability Fund

Help to ensure the sustainability of First Environments through a tax-deductible donation to our Sustainability Fund, which is used to ensure continuous operations of our Center during times of financial hardship.

To make a donation, please click on the following link to complete and submit our Donation Form.

Link your Harris Teeter VIC card to help raise funds for FEELC while you shop! 

Starting August 1st of each year, parents and community members are able to link their VIC cards to First Environments’ Together in Education school code #5469. When customers purchase select Harris Teeter Brand products using their VIC card, Harris Teeter contributes a percentage of those purchase dollars to FEELC.

This one time sign up process must take place EACH SCHOOL YEAR starting on August 1st since the school of your choice is linked to your VIC card only until May 31st of each year.

There are multiple ways to link your VIC card to "First Environments Early Learning Center" using School Code #5469. You can simply visit the Harris Teeter TIE Program website, request to link your card at your local Harris Teeter store, or email your VIC card number along with the last name associated with your card. And for a limited time, a sign up sheet will be available at the front desk to submit your info so that we may sign up for you.

Mabel’s Labels

Purchase Mabel’s Labels online and help FEELC earn 20% of all sales! Mabel’s Labels are personalized, peel & stick, super-durable labels that safely go in the laundry, dishwasher and microwave. They’re loved by parents & kids alike. And they’re perfect for all your kids’ stuff – from shoes & clothes to water bottles, lunch boxes, backpacks and more!

Visit the Mabel’s Labels - Support a Fundraiser page, and select “First Environments Early Learning Center (RTP)” in the drop-down menu under the Select Your School/Organization section. When you see First Environments Early Learning Center (RTP) Welcomes You to Our Page, click on the “CLICK HERE TO BUY” button. Place your online order and your labels will be sent directly to you while FEELC earns 20% of your order!

First Environments Gear - Shirts, Onsies, and More!

Show your school spirit and support FEELC by purchasing t-shirts, mugs, phone cases, etc.from our new online shop! A variety of items are available for children and adults alike.

Visit our online store today to order some FEELC gear! ---

Transitioning Onward

Each family paid an enrollment deposit upon entering FEELC. Making a donation of the deposit to the FEELC Tuition Scholarship Fund and/or the FEELC Sustainability Fund is a wonderful way to support FEELC programs for future students.


To support First Environments beyond the methods listed above, please contact the Center Director, Beth Lake.  We welcome your ideas!

Last updated: 06/11/2019