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Children & Friends Enrichment Center's Board of Directors, Director and Teaching Staff want to thank you for choosing us to join you in nurturing your child's early development. The valley's children have been growing at Children & Friends Enrichment Center since 1979. We believe that preparing your child for school is a partnership between our center and you, the parents. You are your child's first and most important teacher and your input into your child's childcare experience is invaluable. We look forward to supporting you and providing your child with a warm and memorable child care experience.

Children & Friends Staff

Our staff are among the best in Western North Carolina. Each of them have the welfare of your child at the top of their priority list while caring for them during the day. All are trained to handle emergencies that may arise as well as to teach your child at their particular age or learning level.

Children & Friends Five-Star Child Care LicenseChildren and Friends Enrichment Center has earned a Five Star Child Care License from the State of North Carolina based upon Staff Education, Program Standards and Overall Quality. Click here to view the license.

Goals and Objectives

To provide appropriate supervision, equipment, materials, activities and opportunities for children to develop in the following areas:

  • Cognitive (concepts, colors, shapes, sequencing)
  • Social (sharing, group participation, problem solving)
  • Gross and Fine Motor (manipulatives, puzzles, writing, cutting, running, jumping)
  • Whole Language (following directions, reciting stories, using words not actions, expressing feelings, building vocabulary, using complete sentences)
  • Creativity (art, music, dance, creative play)
  • Self Help and Living Skills (health, nutrition, dressing, grooming, independent skills)

Price Schedule

Our prices are based on child age as follows:

  • 6 weeks - 24 months: $175 per week
  • 2 years-old: $152 per week
  • 3 - 5 years-old: $142 per week
  • Initial / Annual registration: $75
Receive a $5 discount for your second child (applied to the oldest child).

Hours of Operation

Children and Friends Enrichment Center is open Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. All children need to be checked in daily before 10:00 a.m.

The following holidays will be observed each year:

  • New Years Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday)
  • Christmas (see calendar)

Be sure to check WLOS Channel 13 on days with inclement weather to see if we are closed.

We Have A New Director!

We Have A New Director!

Andy Gibson will assume the role of director of Children and Friends on September 2, 2014. Andy is coming to Children and Friends with much experience in the childcare administration. While interviewing, Andy stressed the importance of building a team relationship with staff and families, providing a safe and enriching environment for children and adults. Welcome aboard, Andy! 


Through a grant provided by Smart Start of Buncombe County, Children and Friends will be using Creative Classroom Curriculum in each classroom. As one of the North Carolina preferred early childhood curriculums, Creative Curriculum is a comprehensive educational system designed for children ages six weeks through age 5. It promotes the use of interest centers as a way of providing experiences that promote cognitive, social, and physical and language development. The developmental progress of children can be charted in order for teachers to best meet the educational needs of each child.

Contact our office at (828) 669-6617 to learn more about how we can help you get your child ready for school! 


Studies show that music helps motivate children to learn, so we have initiated a Music Program for the 2-5 year-old children to help unlock the musician inside of them! 


We're celebrating 35 years of service to the Swannanoa Valley. This past December marked 35 years since Church Women United in Swannanoa began a daycare in the basement of a church. The vision then as it is now is to care for children in an environment that fosters individual growth. Join with us as we move forward into the next 35 years. 
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