“I had not left my daughter anywhere since she was born, other than my mother’s house. Even though I knew I had made a great decision, the first day I dropped her off, I left crying. Within ten minutes, the director called to let me know she was playing with two little girls and was doing fine. She then said something I’ll never forget. “Call or come by any time, I don’t want you to worry.” You remember a genuine, sweet gesture like that, forever.”
The Academy of Asheville is locally owned and operated, not a franchise or large corporation. The owner, Jenny, is on site every day. She closely monitors the program and enjoys spending time with the children, their families and her staff.
Established as an upscale private school for young children 26 years ago, we enroll children ages 2-5. Jenny and her long term, friendly staff ensure children receive very consistent high quality care, well supervised play and engaging fun educational activities on a daily basis. Our staff are wonderful! We appreciate their long term employment with us and value the importance of having dedicated qualified staff who truly enjoy children, and are kind and nurturing.
In addition to thorough background checks and fingerprinting, Jenny requires staff undergo drug screenings prior to and at random throughout employment.
Drug screenings are not required by the State or any regulations, but Jenny feels children deserve this precaution.
As a high quality educational program, our unique curriculum instills a love of learning through play, fun educational activities and four outdoor play periods! Picnics, outdoor class time and gardening projects are also included. Although the majority of the day is play, each year, children are reading and writing prior to leaving us for kindergarten!
Safety and security measures are priority. Our school is properly staffed, closely supervised and video monitored. Each of our entry/exit doors and playground gates are equipped with electronic security code keypads. Proper photo ID is required of any person you designate to depart with your child. Our classrooms are clean, bright, cheerful and spacious. Our restrooms contain safe child height facilities and we ensure they remain spotless for our children.
Proper nutrition is an important aspect of our program. We carefully prepare and serve a very nutritious hot lunch, as well as two nutritious snacks. Daily, we include fresh fruits and vegetables, many organic items, whole grains, lean meats, organic milk and organic juice!
Each of these items are hand selected and purchased locally by the owner, just as you do for your own family. It is important to us to that only high quality foods and beverages are served to our children.
In all aspects of our program, we ensure high standards. We not only meet, but choose to exceed State law and regulations governing child care programs.
Drop by for a visit. Feel free to bring your child with you. An appointment is never required. We welcome visitors at any time. Get to know our friendly long term staff. Spend time in our classrooms, have lunch with us and enjoy our playgrounds.