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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