Verner Center for Early Learning

At Verner Center for Early Learning, we provide 5-star comprehensive care and education to over 300 children and their families at three centers and through a home-based Early Head Start program. Our centers are located in East Asheville/Swannanoa on Riceville Road, in the Emma Community on the campus of Emma Elementary School, and at the Montmorenci United Methodist Church in Candler. Our blended program accepts child care subsidy vouchers as well as tuition-paying families. Verner is also an Early Head Start and NC Pre-K provider. We were founded to ensure that all children have access to high-quality, affordable early care and education.

Services: Pre-K to High School


A community where every child and family thrives.

To foster wholistic learning environments where young children and families thrive.

Our Values and Beliefs​

We Value

Diversity, and believe that a rich learning environment is created when all types of people join together with a common vision.
Play, and believe that play ignites curiosity, enables us to become better explorers and problem solvers, builds stronger relationships, and leads to transformation.
Respect, and believe that each person has the right to be treated with dignity, always.
Community, and believe that by providing a safe, welcoming environment, all who enter here feel they have a place where their time, knowledge, experiences, and needs are valued.
Communication, and believe that trustworthy partnerships are only built through authentic and consistent communication.
Excellence, and believe it is the product of an unyielding passion for our mission combined with intentional professional development, hard work, diligence, and consistency which can be emulated by others.
Collaboration​, and believe that through strong partnerships we build trust, increase effectiveness and resources, and are more impactful in our work.
Integrity, and believe in an uncompromising commitment to a high code of honor supported by strong ethical principles.
Caring, and believe that expressing genuine concern about the needs and feelings of others is a key component of a strong community.​​

We Believe

*Children from all socio-economic and ability levels, races, cultures, family types and backgrounds need and deserve high quality, comprehensive early care and education.
*The most effective education of a young child requires the active partnership of family, community and school.
*It is our purpose to nurture the development of the whole child.
*It is our obligation as leaders in the profession, to model best practice for others in order to raise the quality of early care and education for children and families beyond the Verner walls.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Verner is committed to growing, learning, and changing to create policies and practices so children and families have an equitable early education.

*We refine our work through active learning, sharing, and engaging diverse voices in the creation of equitable programs in our community.
*We fight for children’s humanity.
*We expand our programming for children and families with a model program of play-based, child-centered education.
*We show up for families and children with a commitment to inclusion, equity, and belonging

Address: Asheville, NC, USA
Phone: 828-298-0808

Community Notes

Equity and Inclusion (Uncertified): >40% Employees Women
BRPC Supporter: Welcoming WNC Procession Participant

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  

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