About Our Centers
Yes, our center has a 5-star accreditation rating and is Eco-Healthy Child Care® certified.
Yes. AsheBridge is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This holds us to a higher standard of quality – kind of like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.
We are proud to be privately owned. We are not a franchise and operate without the corporate constraints that national chains experience.
We believe that education for young children should focus not only on social-emotional development, but also intellectual development through acquisition of academic skills. Research shows that young children learn best by doing, by actively – and literally – having a hand in their learning. No worksheets here, just busy, focused learning!
Yes! The Building Bridges curriculum is inspired by the Creative Curriculum®, and incorporates philosophies from the Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf approaches to learning. Teachers plan experiences based on children’s interests and appropriate educational concepts. Children are actively involved in experiences which include foundations of science, technology, engineering, math, creative arts, language arts, music, movement and dramatic play. In addition to STEAM learning, a comprehensive creative arts component as well as social-emotional learning share equal footing with academics for a balanced education.
New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Fall Break, Winter Break, and 3-4 Teacher Development Inservice Training Days per year.
We offer a preschool program with daycare hours. This allows us to provide the best environment for children to learn and grow, while still meeting the childcare needs of families. We are different than a daycare center, which just provides “babysitting” supervisory care for kids.
Please call the school at 919-762-0605; though we have an open door policy for enrolled families, we ask that you schedule your initial tour of the facility. This ensures that we are available to spend plenty of time with you and answer all of your questions.
Classrooms are led by approved NC Lead Teachers. Most of our teachers have degrees in Early Childhood Education or their Child Development Associate® credential, while others are in the process of finishing their degrees.
All staff members receive an additional 20 hours of health and safety training each year in addition to classes in best practices, educational philosophies, and other early childhood education topics.
We provide daily reports, notes, pictures, and videos through the Brightwheel™app. Paper reports are offered to families if needed.
Each day begins with circle time, which includes things lke story time or show and tell. Activity centers, teacher-led lessons, fun activities, nutritious meals and snacks, rest time, and outdoor play take care of the rest of the day.
Children play outside twice a day, weather permitting. Age-appropriate playgrounds as well as expansive natural playscapes provide ample exploration. We will reduce the amount of time spent outside in the event of precipitation or extreme temperatures.
Ratios vary by age. Infants are 1:4, 1’s are 1:5, 2’s are 1:8, 3’s are 1:10, and 4’s and 5’s are 1:12
It is natural for children to test limits and rules. Our staff uses positive management strategies including redirection, anticipation/prevention of problems, positive reinforcement, logical consequences, and encouragement rather than competition, comparison, or criticism. Most importantly, we recognize that part of this process is providing children with the tools and support they need to express their feelings and needs in acceptable ways. We abstain from corporal punishment or other humiliating or frightening disciplinary techniques.
AsheBridge Children’s Academy provides a nutritious morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack that meet the USDA meal requirements for children.
No, all meals and snacks are provided. All children eat the same thing together. We do not make exceptions for food preferences. Parents are required to provide infant formula/milk and baby food.
Yes, infant parents are required to send prepared bottles and baby food while in the infant room. Starting in the toddler room, children all enjoy the prepared meals and snacks with their friends.
We can accommodate minor allergies (with medical documentation) or meat-free diets, assuming the family provides substitute items of equal nutritional value. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to work with generalized dietary restrictions, such as gluten intolerance.
Diapers & Potty Training
Yes, diapers (up to size 6) and wipes are provided at no extra charge for infants, toddlers, and 2’s.
Children begin sitting on the potty when they are 2 years old and show interest in doing so. It is our goal to finish potty training before the 3rd birthday. While we recognize that every child has their own timetable for this, we expect toilet use by children in older classrooms.
We cannot provide care for unwell children. Parents are asked to immediately pick up stick children from school and keep them home until they are symptom-free without medication for a full 24 hours without using medications like Motrin or Tylenol to stop those conditions. If antibiotics are prescribed, children must be on the antibiotic for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school. Please note that sick children will be sent home even if they don’t have a fever.
Illness Policy Specifics
May not attend with any rash, except diaper rash or rashes caused by diagnosed medical conditions such as eczema. Children with rashes may return to school when the rash is gone, or with a doctor’s note stating that the rash is not contagious. Children with contagious rashes may not return until all mouth blisters are fully healed and all skin blisters are not moist/open, regardless of a doctor’s note to the contrary.