Frequently Asked Questions

About Our Centers

We are open from 7 am to 6 pm. The teachers go home at 6, so please be sure to arrive by 5:55 each day to avoid late fees for departing after 6:00.
Yes, our centers have a 5-star rating and a superior sanitation classification.
The Fuquay-Varina preschool 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. The Cary/Apex preschool is enrolled in the self-study phase of the multi-year accreditation process.
We are proud to be privately owned. We are not a franchise and and operate without the corporate constraints that national chains experience. Learn more about the owners here
We currently serve children age 6 weeks until the start of kindergarten.
We believe that the education of young children should focus not only on social and emotional development, but also intellectual development through the acquisition of helpful academic skills. Research shows that young children learn best by participating in quality learning activities versus completing ditto sheets or using electronics. Read more here
Yes, our curriculum was inspired by the Creative Curriculum and takes the best elements from a variety of teaching theories and methods. Academically, the preschool program is designed to help children learn basic skills in math (counting, number recognition, patterns, classification skills, etc.), pre-reading (letter and sound recognition, journaling activities, etc.) and science (exploration, observation, nature collecting, hands-on experiments, cooking, etc.) These concepts are presented in developmentally-appropriate, fun and creative ways. We avoid ditto worksheets and screen time. The Building Bridges curriculum is designed to merge seamlessly into the kindergarten common core curriculum, as well as other curriculum systems used by private schools. Our curriculum readies each child for the next steps in life, whether they are graduating to the toddler classroom or heading to kindergarten. Read more here
New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Fall Break, Winter Break, and two Teacher Workdays
The majority of our families are private pay. We accept a very limited number of vouchers and are contracted with local counties and the military programs. Please call to find out if we have any subsidized openings.
We offer a preschool program with daycare hours. This allows us to provide the best environment for children to learn and grow, while meeting the childcare needs of families. We are different than a daycare center, which just provides "babysitting" supervisory care for kids.

Enrollment

Please call the Fuquay-Varina preschool at 919-762-0605 or the Cary/Apex preschool at 919-303-7767. 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.
First, schedule a tour and meet our amazing staff. During your second visit, your child visits the classroom while we review paperwork at your orientation meeting. After this, your child is ready to begin! More details can be found here

Staff

All employees have a complete local and federal background check prior to beginning work, and on a regular basis thereafter.
Our children are led by approved NC Lead Teachers. Most of our teachers have degrees in Early Childhood Education or related fields, while others are in the process of finishing their degrees.
Yes, our teachers are Pediatric First Aid/CPR certified by an approved American Heart Association trainer.
All staff members are required to participate in ongoing training in health, safety, and a variety of early childhood education topics that help make them more effective teachers and enhance the daily experiences of children.

Classrooms

We provide daily reports for children with a mobile app that can also be accessed through your computer. Paper reports are offered to families if needed.
Each day is filled with fun activities, nutritious meals and snacks, rest time, and outdoor play. More detailed information can be found here
Children play outside twice a day, weather permitting. 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, Ones are 1:5, Twos are 1:8, Threes are 1:10, and Four/Fives 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.
When possible, we will work as a team with outside professionals to implement an individualized plan that supports the child’s inclusion and success. It may be determined that we do not have adequate expertise or resources for the child’s educational, medical, or other needs, especially in situations where safety is at risk.

Meals

AsheBridge Children’s Academy provides a nutritious morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack that meets the USDA meal patterns for children. Our menu can be downloaded here
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.
No, children may not bring home food into the center. Please finish all breakfast and snacks at home or in your car prior to entering the building.
Yes, infant parents are required to send prepared bottles and baby food while in the infant room. Starting in the toddler room, children all eat school menu food together their friends.
We can accommodate minor allergies (with medical documentation) or meat-free diet, provided 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 and wipes are provided at no extra charge.
Yes, you may bring your own disposable diapers and wipes.
No, we only use disposable diapers.
Children begin sitting on the potty when they are two years old and show interest in doing so. It is our goal to finish potty training before the third birthday, but we recognize that every child has their own timetable for this.

Health

Yes, children are required to be immunized. We believe in the safety and efficacy of immunizations, therefore, we do not allow exemptions to the immunization policy for religious or philosophical reasons.
Yes and no – Children need to be immunized on time. Families who elect to stagger immunizations need to start the process early enough, or complete it rapidly enough to ensure that the series is fully completed in the required time frame. We do not allow exemptions to the immunization schedule for religious or philosophical reasons. More information can be found here.
AsheBridge Children’s Academy does not administer prescription or over-the-counter medications, except those needed for emergency medical conditions. Parents are welcome to stop in to personally administer medication that needs to be taken mid-day. With parental permission, we will administer emergency medication for conditions such as diabetes, asthma, or severe allergic reactions. There is an exception to the medication policy where children enrolled in the infant room may be given medications, but only when absolutely necessary.
Afternoon sunscreen, diaper rash cream, insect repellent and other topical creams will be applied at your request with signed authorization form. Sunscreen must be spray type; lotion sunscreen will not be applied.
We cannot provide care for unwell children. Children must stay at home if any of the following symptoms are present. If a child develops any of the following symptoms, parents will be asked to immediately pick up their child from school. Children must stay at home until better (no rash, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. for a full 24 hours without using medications to stop those conditions, such as Tylenol or Motrin). If antibiotics were 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 a fever or 100° or more, or if the child had a fever any time in the last 24 hours. Children may return to school if they didn't have a fever yesterday or today.
May not attend with heavy nasal discharge that is not clear and needs to be wiped frequently.
May not attend with excessive/constant coughing that interferes with participation in activities. Children may return to school when the cough is subsiding.
May not attend with diarrhea (two or more times in the last 24 hours). Children will be sent home on the first diarrhea if there are any other illness symptoms or if there an identified stomach bug in the building. Children may return to school if they didn't have diarrhea yesterday or today.
May not attend if there was any vomiting yesterday or today. Children may return to school if they didn't vomit yesterday or today.
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, and all skin blisters are not moist/open, regardless of a doctor's note to the contrary.
Children may not attend with red eyes with discharge. Children may return to school after a full 24-hours on medication, or the following day with a doctor's note stating that the condition is not contagious.
Children may not attend if they have head lice or nits. Please keep your child at home for at least 24 hours after treatment so that you can be certain the treatment was fully effective before returning.
Certain conditions require exclusion from childcare, such as MRSA and strep throat. Children may return to school after at least 24 hours on antibiotics, and at least 24 hours after any other symptoms have cleared up.
Is lethargic, irritable, or persistently crying – children must feel well enough to participate in normal daily activities to stay at school.
Teething is not a reason for exclusion. Teething can cause a low grade fever (under 100°), crankiness, loose bowel movements, or a clear runny nose. However, teething does not cause the above exclusionary conditions to occur.
We reserve the right to modify this policy at any time without notice in the event of an outbreak or if a contagious illness is present in the program.

Emergencies

Yes, and all staff members have been trained in our comprehensive emergency plan.
Yes, we have monthly fire drills and regular emergency drills.
No, an individual determination is made for each weather event based on forecast and actual local conditions. Closings will be announced on WRAL-TV (Time Warner Cable channel 3) and WRAL.com.