About Verner & Our History
Four Cornerstones of our philosophy
Through our Early Head Start, NC Pre-K, and childcare programs, we deliver high-quality early childhood education and care for children ages 0-5. Our childcare centers and educational programs offer highly trained and dedicated teaching and administrative staff, low child-to-staff ratios, nurturing environments, and programs designed to keep children actively engaged.
Verner provides parenting classes, individual consultation, and referrals to other social service agencies. Our Family Empowerment Program helps families set and meet self-sufficiency goals, such as finding employment or balancing their budget.
Verner provides dental, vision, speech, hearing, and developmental screenings for the children we work with. We also provide health resources that help families stay informed and up-to-date on preventative health care services.
As a certified Shape NC demonstration site and a Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Center, we model and practice healthy habits including developmentally appropriate tooth brushing, outdoor learning environments, and promoting healthy eating.
Through our nutrition program, Rainbow In My Tummy® (RIMT) our child care centers provide children with healthy breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon snacks. Meals include a wide variety of culturally diverse, nutritionally dense foods representing all of the colors of the rainbow.
We provide a teacher mentoring program for our educators to increase their knowledge in the field and then model best practices to others on staff. We invite professionals in the field of early childhood education and development, and college students pursuing a career in teaching, social work, or nonprofit management to tour our centers and participate in our teacher training programs. Our two centers and Community-Based EHS Program all employ highly trained teachers and support staff to maintain rich, play-based environments for children from birth to age five.
The Mountain Area Child & Family Center was born out of the founding vision of Margaret O. “Danny” Verner and her husband, Hugh Verner – the founders of what is now “Verner.” Hugh and fellow community members wanted to ensure that high quality early care and education was available and affordable to children and families in our region.
Danny and Hugh Verner
Were you a part of Verner's history? Let us know! We'd love to hear how you helped the organization become what it is today!
Verner Center for Early Learning is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.
Asheville, NC is located on the ancestral lands of the Cherokee and Yuchi people. At Verner we recognize that we are living and working on these ancestral lands. We value and respect the Indigenous People, their culture, and the land we are occupying.