OutdOOr learning enviRonments


Oak Village Academy was one of the first preschools in the Triangle area with an emphasis on OLE as a basis of our campus design. Through the Natural Learning Initiative at NC State University, we created unique outdoor learning environments (OLE) that encourage children to be active while participating in learning, play and environmental education.


Here, your child will explore and grow in our interactive outdoor learning village. This allows them to practice motor development skills in a fun, organic way with natural settings and materials. For example, an important aspect of our OLE program is gardening, which promotes sensory development, teaches responsibility and encourages healthy eating.

With 75% of our day spent outdoors, experiential learning in the natural world extends and enhances your child’s developmental capacity. And for maximum benefit our owner, Alicia Fink holds her Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Enviroments Certificate , which helps our team stay up to date on trends and recommendations to continue to improve our campus experience.

OutdOOr learning enviRonments

At Oak Village Academy, through the Natural Learning Initiative at NC State University, we have created unique outdoor learning environments (OLE) that encourage children to be active while participating in learning, play and environmental education.

Here, your child will explore and grow in our interactive outdoor learning village. This allows them to practice motor development skills in a fun, organic way with natural settings and materials. For example, an important aspect of our OLE program is gardening, which promotes sensory development, teaches responsibility and encourages healthy eating.

Oak Village Academy was one of the first preschools in the area with an emphasis on OLE as the basis of our campus design. With 75% of our day spent outdoors, experiential learning in the natural world extends and enhances your child’s developmental capacity. And for maximum benefit, we also have OLE-certified staff.

Eco-friendly Childcare

According to decades of scientific research surrounding early childhood development, children who foster a healthy relationship with nature are statistically proven to enjoy long-term developmental benefits.

Cognitive Abilities


  • Increased creativity and innovation
  • Increased problem-solving skills
  • Improved academic performance
  • Reduced instances of attention deficit disorder

Physical Benefits


  • Increased physical activity
  • Improved nutritional habits
  • Better eyesight

Social/ Emotional Improvements


  • Heightened social relations
  • Increased self-discipline
  • Reduced stress

Lower ratios allow children more time with the teachers and the smaller group sizes create a more positive environment for the children to explore and learn.


The Oak Village Academy™ Difference: The Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature

Supports Creativity and Problem Solving

Enhances Cognitive Abilities

Improves Academic Performances

Reduces Attention Deficit Disorder Symptoms

Supports Multiple Developmental Domains

Increases Physical Activity

Improves Nutrition

Improves Eyesight

Improves Social Relations

Improves Self Discipline

Reduces Stress in Young Children


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    Our 5-Star Rating

    Oak Village Academy has a 5-star rating from the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education, the highest standard of professional childcare set by the state. Learn more here.