The Christine Avery Learning Center

Our mission is to offer students of diverse backgrounds access to a high-quality education grounded in sociocultural theory and ministry. We aim to support the academic, social, and spiritual growth of our students, fostering the development of the next generation of leaders.

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We're a nonprofit dedicated to empowering marginalized communities in Western North Carolina. Through Early Learning, Pre-K, After-school, and Summer programs, we equip the next generation of socially conscious leaders.

Join us in fostering academic, social, cultural, spiritual, and civic development for disadvantaged families. Be part of our vision for positive family-life development.


Early Learning

At Christine W. Avery Learning Center, early learners are independent explorers whose minds are developing rapidly. CWA provides a safe environment that supports their development. Our youngest scholars begin to participate in structured activities that are designed to encourage the development of their fine and gross motor skills, speech, listening skills, comprehension skills, and early literacy skills.

NC Pre-K

The NC Pre-K Program is designed to provide high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-old children. The NC Pre-K Program Requirements are built on the National Education Goals Panel’s premise that to be successful academically in school, children need to be prepared in all five of the developmental domains that are critical to children’s overall well-being and success in reading and math as they enter school:

School Aged Programs

Our After-School program provides a comprehensive and engaging experience for students, running from Monday to Friday, from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. We are committed to fostering academic development and offer various resources to support our students' learning journey, including homework assistance, tutoring, and academic skill-building sessions
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Approaches to play and learning
Emotional and social development
Health and Physical Development
Language development and communication
Cognitive development
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Workforce Development

Our Workforce Development Program provides training for current college students aspiring to enter fields such as early childhood education, K-12 education, curriculum instruction, or nonprofit management.

Additionally, during the summer months, we employ Counselors in Training (CITs) to introduce youth aged 14-17 to the early childhood workforce through training and hands-on experience.


CWA Philosophy

Philosophy IALAC is a word that was created by the Mrs. Christine Watson Avery, the center's namesake. It stands for
“I Am Loved And Cared for.”
Christine Avery, a schoolteacher and pastor’s wife, believed that every person was special in their own way and deserving of love and care. Her approach towards education included demonstrating a genuine concern for the individual, and reinforcing their self-efficacy, confidence, and sense of belonging through tough love and care.

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