A Close Preschool Community

Where Children Are Enriched By Caring Relationships, Strong Friendships, And A Creative Environment

A Close Preschool Community

Where Children Are Enriched By Caring Relationships, Strong Friendships, And A Creative Environment

Opportunities to Explore,
Create, and Communicate

Research shows that children grow and learn best in a safe environment that provides opportunities to explore, create, and communicate with other children and adults. Our program encourages curiosity, discovery, and problem solving through meaningful play, promoting individual growth and the development of a positive self-image.

Excellence in Education

The Building Bridges curriculum is inspired by the Creative Curriculum and incorporates philosophies of Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf approaches to learning. Children are actively involved in experiences which include foundations of science, technology, engineering, math, creative arts, language arts, music, movement and dramatic play – all aspects of S.T.E.A.M. learning.

Inspiring Teachers And
Vibrant Learning Centers

Learning centers, or interest areas, invite children to explore and construct their knowledge. Teachers act as guides who will listen to ideas, applaud progress and motivate children to envision and think in new ways to provide a healthy balance between both planned and spontaneous activities in response to children’s interests.

A Diverse Curriculum
Rich In Content

The curriculum at AsheBridge Children’s Academy is diverse and rich in content.  We include science, literature, math, literacy, music, art, dance, and so much more into our activities.  This variety helps foster:

  • Social interactions
  • Independent play
  • Exploration
  • Creativity

At “Work” While At Play
With Hands-On Learning

Our preschool is committed to a hands-on approach where children are encouraged to use their imaginations as they explore our equipment and materials. Much of the “work” done by children each day is intangible, yet rich in experience and life skills.

Child-Directed Play And
Teacher-Led Learning

Classroom schedules are set up to allow children to engage in child-directed activities and playing, as well as participate in teacher-lead group activities.  This combination very naturally builds social skills such as:

  • Sharing
  • Listening
  • Sharing thoughts with friends
  • Cooperation
  • Sense of a classroom community

The Basis For Academia

Academically, the preschool program is designed to help children learn the necessary skills for kindergarten and beyond. The following concepts are presented in all classes in developmentally-appropriate, fun, and creative ways.

Our introduction to Math includes:

  • Counting
  • Number recognition
  • Patterns
  • Classification skills

Our Pre-Reading program includes:

  • Letter recognition
  • Sound recognition and phonetics
  • Journaling activities

Our introduction to Science includes:

  • Exploration
  • Observation
  • Nature collecting
  • Hands-on experiments
  • Cooking, etc

Art As A Means Of Self-Expression, Self-Esteem, And Respect For Others

Art is an essential tool in teaching all of these concepts by promoting self-expression, self-esteem, and respect for others.

Advancing Your Child’s
Innate Abilities

Our curriculum readies each child for the next steps in life, whether they are graduating from the toddler classroom or heading to kindergarten.

Your Child’s Daily Experience

Your child’s preschool classroom itself is also an invaluable teaching tool. The space has been carefully designed to delight, intrigue, and inspire young learners. 

Capturing Your Child’s Interest

Each classroom is divided into Learning Centers. Each center invites children to explore and marvel at the wonders of the world. No matter which area captures their interest on a particular day, know that they are developing important skills.

Starting With Circle
Time Every Day

Circle time is where your child starts their day through meaningful experiences like storytelling, singing songs, show and tell, and matching games. Children learn to express their ideas, associate the written word with the spoken word, and discover their world independently.

Hands-On Art That Is
Liberating And Rewarding

Children experience art through the freedom of touching, feeling, pulling, twisting, tearing, pasting, bending, scraping, cutting, pounding, shaping, and so much more. They are developing a feel for forms, balance, line, color, and shape as well as gaining practice in problem-solving. Your child is also:
  • Learning about various relationships
  • Sharpening their powers of observation
  • Sharing thoughts with friends
  • Beginning the process of logical thinking
  • Developing motor skills

Music As An Exercise
In Embodiment

Music activities give children opportunities to use their entire bodies for learning and exploring their surroundings, build awareness by listening to the many kinds of sounds, and help children experience the release and freedom of body movement. Children will be encouraged to test their vocal and kinesthetic abilities and to have fun while they are experimenting. We emphasize the enjoyment of participation.

Blocks To Stack, Count,
Weigh, And More

Children can stack and count blocks to help them learn measurement, size, weight, and number concepts. They also build hand-to-eye coordination and develop control of their wrists, hands, and fingers. They will develop problem-solving skills through trial and error. If a block structure falls, your child might try it a different way until satisfied with the results.

Dress-Up And Dramatic
Play For Your Child’s
Vivid Imagination

We have dress-up clothes, props, and child-sized furniture that invite children to make-believe. They try new careers, learn to share, make friends, and express different emotions. Children also learn life skills like turning knobs on and off or buttoning and zipping clothes.

Investigation and Problem-
Solving Through Mathematics

Children learn to sort and counting skills, putting materials in order and patterning. Math is a way of finding things out, a form of problem-solving. Through manipulating small materials, children will also begin to understand basic concepts such as big/little, large/small, same and different.

A Sense of True Discovery
Through Science

Children have the opportunity to have hands-on, real-life activities that encourage a sense of discovery. The activities include caring for classroom pets, age-appropriate experiments, using magnets, magnifiers, sand, and water tables.

Our Programs


6 weeks - 1 year


1 - 2 years

Early Age Preschool

2 - 3 years


3-4 years


4-5 years

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