Founded by Henrietta Hester Harris


Hester’s Creative Schools is recognized by the national child care magazine, Child Care Exchange, as “the longest standing privately-owned child care business in North America.” Founded in 1949, Hester’s has served the child care needs of Greensboro and High Point because of the foresight and dedication of one woman.

This woman, Henrietta Hester Harris, often told the story of how she got the idea to start a child care center. One Sunday morning her minister said that the Bessemer Community needed a nursery school and a kindergarten. Henrietta sat straight up in the pew and said to herself, “Lord, here I am and I can do that!” Her college work included laboratory experience doing a case study in a federally funded nursery school in High Point and working in all phases of the children’s day. She knew what would be required to run a school and felt led to start one.

Henrietta Hester Harris and her family dedicated their lives to making their schools thrive through a very successful motto — “to be the best, to offer the best, to give the best to young children.” Because Hester’s has never lost sight of the goal in this motto, they have succeeded and have grown by leaps and bounds.

The Greensboro Commission on the Status of Women honored Henrietta Hester Harris in March of 1997 as a “Woman Of Achievement.” In 1999 she received the highest honor in the state of North Carolina when she was inducted into “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” by Governor James B. Hunt in recognition of her lifelong commitment to early childhood education

In October of 2012, Juan and Deb Cano aquired Hester’s Creative School of Benjamin.

They continue to build on the legacy of care and quality education set forth by Henrietta Hester Harris so many years ago. You are invited to tour the school so that you can see what we have to offer for your family.

Excerpts of this article are from Greensboro, The Best Place To Live, by Ray Banner, 1998.