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 additional cost to you!

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.


Enroll your Kroger Plus card to help raise funds for FEELC while you shop!

Parents and community members are able to enroll their Kroger Plus cards into the Kroger Community Rewards program using Identification Number (NPO) #84035. When members use their registered Kroger Plus card (or phone number related to their Kroger Plus card) when shopping, rewards will be given to FEELC based on our percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending of all participating Kroger Community Reward organizations.

The program period runs from September 1st to August 31st, and you must RE-ENROLL your Kroger Plus card EACH YEAR.

To enroll your Kroger Plus card using NPO #84035, simply visit the Kroger Community Rewards website to sign in or create a Kroger Rewards online account, go to My Account (or click on your name at the top under "Welcome back!"), and then under Account Settings --> Account Summary, edit the Community Rewards section to specify First Environments as your organization of choice.

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 websiterequest 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.

amazon wish list

First Environments also has an Amazon Wish List --- you can select anything from washable markers and infant socks to floor surfers and garden benches and ship items directly to FEELC.  FEELC always needs more Luvs diapers!

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 Enviornments 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! ---


Have you ever wanted to make some of Mr. Ken's recipes (muffins!) or try some favorite recipes from our FEELC community at home? Here is your chance as the 2015 FEELC Cookbook is here just in time for the holidays! These will make perfect gifts for friends and family.

Cook books are $15 each and are on display at the front lobby for preview. Please see a staff member at the front desk to purchase a cookbook with checks made out to “First Environments”. Thanks for your support!


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

Last updated: 12/8/2017