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Shepherd’s Way Day School: Asheboro Location

What makes Shepherd’s Way unique?

At Shepherd’s Way Day School, we believe that children ar12072582_10153068335965812_2741680959842433746_ne very special individuals, eager and ready to learn about themselves and their world.  We believe that by providing them with a loving environment, rich with opportunities and new experiences, that we can help them to reach their full potential.  Our slogan “giving our best when it means the most“, has real meaning to us at Shepherd’s Way.  During a child’s first few years, his body and brain is developing faster than it will for the rest of his lifetime.  We have an awesome responsibility to meet this challenging and exciting time with excellence.

What makes Shepherds Way Day School special?


    • Five Star Rating from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, meaning that we exceed the state requirements in Program Standards, Staff Education, Staff/Child Ratio and Compliance with all Child Care Regulations.

    • Programs that are developmentally appropriate, sensitive to children’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs.

    • Christian Values that are integrated into our curriculum and affords children hands on, interactive ways of learning biblical lessons.

    • Educated Staff members that are dedicated to our children and to professional development through training and higher education.

    • The Eden Alternative partnership with Cross Road Retirement Center that provides children daily intergenerational interactions with area residents, resulting in an increase in the quality of life for every child and every retired adult involved in the program.

    • Respectful Partnership between parents and teachers, providing opportunities for daily communication, and encouraging parents to regularly visit their child’s classroom and spend time in that environment.

    • Environments, indoor and outdoor, that were designed from the ground up with the needs of every age level in mind.

    • Security cameras that not only help insure the safety of our children but allow parents to view the events of the day from the work place, via the Internet.

Shepherd's Way Five Star Day Care

Shepherds Way Day School was honored to be voted Randolph County’s favorite childcare center
in the Courier Tribunes’ Reader’s Choice Awards for 2006, and 2008-2014, and 2016!

Courier-Tribune Readers' Choice Award - 2012



Shepherd’s Way Day School is a Five Star rated 8,400 square foot, 10 classroom child care facility that opened on September 7, 2002.  We strive to serve our children and families well by maintaining the five star rating we earned from the NC Department of Health  and Human Service on March  3, 2003.   Shepherd’s Way Day School offers quality programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, as well as a school readiness program and a before/after school program for students age 5 through 12.

Our small student-teacher ratios guarantee that all children receive the love and personal attention that they deserve.


Teacher to Student Ratio

Infants (6 wks-12 months)


Toddlers (12-23 months)


Two Year Olds


Three Year Olds


Four Year Olds


Five Year Olds


Six to Twelve Year Olds


We have carefully selected several curriculums which we blend together to help your child reach his or her full potential. Not only do we incorporate our Christian curriculum into each day, but we also implement a well designed ‘Handwriting without Tears’ curriculum, and Creative Curriculum, which gets children writing and meeting all pre-Kindergarten standards in a developmentally, child-centered way.  We have found the blending of these curriculums to be an excellent gateway to pre-reading and early reading skills.

Our inter-generational approach to care gives
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The strength of our program lies in our dedicated and qualified staff members.  We support our teachers’ professional development with opportunities for training, resources, and supplements for higher education.  We are committed to obtaining and retaining educated, qualified individuals to care for and teach your child so that the attachments they form with their caregivers are nurturing, loving and secure.

The parent is the most significant person in a child’s life.  We strive to create a respectful partnership between parents and teachers.  We provide opportunities for daily communication between parents and the staff of our center.  Our doors are always open to parents.  We recommend that parents come regularly into their child’s classroom and spend time in their environment.

At Shepherd’s Way we will continually work to earn the trust placed in us.    The Star Rated License is a comprehensive program that helps to determine the overall quality of a child care center.  Stars range from 1 to 5 stars.  Obtaining 5 stars requires a center to perform well above the minimum in three major areas:

    • Program Standards, Staff/Child Ratio & Environmental Rating for Centers

    • Staff Education Standards for Centers

    • Compliance with All Child Care Regulations History for Centers
      (For more information on the Licensing System for the State of North Carolina, please visit their website:www.ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/parents/pr_sn2_ov_sr.asp)

Our primary goal at Shepherd’s Way is to better serve families and children
by providing them with a high quality child care alternative.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday from 6:30 A.M. until 6:00 P.M.

Closed on the following Holidays:
New Year’s Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
The Week of July 4th
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day and the Friday After
The Week of December 25th


In our Infant Care Rooms you will find an environment made specifically with the needs of your infant in mind, a safe comfortable space for them in which to grow and learn. What makes our infant environment so special?

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    • Active and sleeping areas are separated.

    • No constraints–children are free to explore their own space.

    • Windows that provide a warm atmosphere, filled with natural lighting.

    • Ratio of 1 teacher to every 4 children.

    • A special infant outdoor courtyard environment designed especially for little ones.

    • Video cameras that allow you to visit your child by Internet any time of the day.

    • Caregivers who understand the needs of your infant and respond to them in loving ways.







Toddler Care offers a safe environment in which toddlers can explore, a space that provides them the challenge they thrive on while giving them the protection they need.  What makes our toddlers’ and twos’ environment so special?16473140_10210072019415689_2597812707356183623_n

    • A challenging, safe space for children to freely explore

    • Ratios: 1 teacher to every 5 children for toddlers
      1 teacher to every 8 children for two year olds

    • Windows which allow children to see out and natural light to come in.

    • Loving caregivers who nurture your child’s growing sense of autonomy, while giving them the support and affection they need.

    • A variety of toys, materials and experiences which offer your child

    • Teachers trained and educated in early childhood practices.

    • Kindermusik is offered as a free musical program which is a part of our intergenerational approach to early childhood education.

    • A special, exciting outdoor environment designed especially for your little one.

    • Video cameras, which allow you to visit your child by Internet any time of the day.






Preschoolers/Pre-Kindergarteners need an environment that is filled with rich opportunities and new experiences, with teachers who love them and nurture their growing independence.  What makes our preschool environment so special?


  • An integrated Christian curriculum.

  • Low ratios and small groups sizes.

  • On-site nature trails and children’s flower, vegetable, and herb gardens.

  • Windows which allow children to see out and natural light to come in.

  • Opportunity for independent play and exploration and an exciting outdoor learning environment.

  • Creative Curriculum implemented in the classrooms, a developmentally appropriate curriculum using project studies that follow the interests of the children, while weaving comprehensive skill development into activities and explorations

  • Handwriting Without Tears curriculum used daily to promote early literacy skills and handwriting using a variety of techniques tailored to the different learners found in each classroom
  • Conscious Discipline curriculum focuses on positive social/emotional development-using language to express feelings, learning appropriate ways to handle frustrations and anger, and promoting positive interactions with others, among many other skills.

  • Teachers assess children on a regular basis, using this information to guide individual and classroom instruction and goals- teachers and parents meet for parent conferences to discuss these assessments once during the year, and more as needed or requested by parents.

  • Kindermusik is offered as a free musical program which is part of our intergenerational approach to early childhood education

  •  Teachers who are trained and educated in early childhood practices.
  • Video cameras, which allow you to visit your child by Internet any time of the day.

School-Age Care

Our school age children are faced with so many challenges in the elementary grades! We are so glad to be a “safe zone” in which they can rest, recharge, build friendships, learn about God’s love, and just be loved on!

After School Care: 

We pick up children from several local elementary schools and bring them back to our school age facility. Our focus for after school care is on providing a “wind down” time from the day. Our teachers will work with each child at their pace, and to meet their individual needs. Teachers will provide one-on-one assistance with homework, or encourage the children as needed to complete tasks. Children will then be provided with free play indoors and outdoors as appropriate daily. Teachers will facilitate activities that the children would like to work on- ie: art projects, science experiments, etc- but will also provide the freedom for children to decide what they need at this time of day. For some children that may mean sitting in a quiet area to read, while others will want to work on activities to engage their engineering skills. Our after school friends will also have the unique opportunity to engage with the seniors at Cross Road Retirement Community in the afternoons during visits and activities!

Summer Camp: 

Our Summer Camp is like nothing you have ever seen! It is a summer camp FOR kids planned BY kids!! We hope to keep them having fun and engaging their minds through exhilarating and hands-on activities! This includes rising 1st graders through 5th graders. Our goal is to give these children an exciting summer full of memories, and to daily use our interactions to teach them about God’s love for them- not just in the words that we say, but in real, tangible ways! We aim to extend that knowledge in order to help them show love to others in tangible ways- including through our interactions with our senior friends at Cross Road Retirement Community! In addition, this is the basic weekly set-up that you can expect to find:


#Make-Something-Monday—>“Top Chef” challenges, crafts, building something, art, pottery, etc. 

#Take-a-Trip-Tuesday—> fun-filled field trips to exciting places for horseback riding, trampoline park, ice skating, behind-the-scenes at Sweet Frog, etc. 

#Wet&Wild-Wednesday—>swimming or sun water days at the site

#Thinking-Thursday—>STEM activities, experiments, building robots, Mad Scientist week, related field trips, etc. 

#Pay-it-Forward-Friday—>volunteer activities such as going to the animal shelter, holding Alex’s Lemonade stand for kids with cancer, baking for the seniors, etc.






Shepherd’s Way Day School  is among the first child development centers in North 12027537_10206580296280012_2652620732857417067_nCarolina to work in cooperation with an “Eden Alternative” retirement community.  This integrated approach to care brings together elders, children, plants and animals in close and continuing contact.  Shepherd’s Way partners with Cross Road Retirement Community to create an environment where your child will have opportunities to interact and build relationships through regularly scheduled time and activities with the retirement residents.

Artist:  Edi Smith     Murals and More     smitheditke@aol.com

The residents and the children delight in the time they spend together.


    • Elderly residents visit and read to our children and rock the infants.
    • Field trips, to see spring flowers, attend a Warthogs game or visit the Pumpkin Patch, are made involving both groups in the fun.
    • Nature walks to the Cross Roads pond to feed the ducks and goats allow priceless interaction between toddlers and Cross Roads residents.
    • Our children perform in a talent show and their senior audience applauds with wonder and appreciation.
    • Children create art for residents to hang on their doors.
    • Residents give parties for the children.
    • Children and residents work on a quilt together.
    • Parents, children and residents enjoy a covered-dish supper.
    • Seniors teach children the art of gardening as they plant and grow flowers together.
    • These are just a few of the activities that our children and senior residents have enjoyed.  Activities and trips are scheduled regularly.

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Todd Lassiter, owner of Shepherd’s Way Day School, and our phenomenal management team and staff not only bring exemplary qualifications and years of experience to their jobs, but it is their enthusiasm, love of children, and determination to make Shepherd’s Way the best that it can be that sets them apart from others.

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Todd Lassiter is the Business Administrator and assumes the responsibilities directly related to the daily operations of the facility.  These include purchasing, accounting, human resources, marketing, public relations, safety and security.  Todd holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  In addition, Todd has 20 years experience in business administration, purchasing and operations management.


Devon WaltonExecutive Director, holds an Associates of Arts degree from Randolph Community College and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood at Western Carolina University.  Devon handles the day-to-day operations for the Colfax site as well as overseeing operations at both of our centers, concentrating on program standards, state compliance and teacher/parent training.of the program and concentrates on program standards, state compliance and teacher/parent training.   


Kayla Williamson, Operations Manager, is currently working on her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood at Randolph Community College. She has been with Shepherd’s Way since July 2005. Kayla assists with day-to-day operations, including program standards, state compliance and teacher training. She also helps to organize and plan functions and activities for families and staff, and ensures overall quality.


Amanda Treadaway, Site Director, has worked at Shepherd’s Way for the past six years. She holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and also has her Birth – Kindergarten teacher licensure. Her previous work experience includes working as a Developmental Specialist for Wake Forest University.  Amanda’s focus as site director will be on program quality and teacher training, as well as planning events to encourage family participation and community relations.

Our Amazing Lead Staff

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Mrs. Megan Allred is the lead teacher in our Infant classroom, where she has worked for the past 4 years. She recently finished her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. She makes sure that the infants are not just loved and nurtured, but also that they are constantly enriched with exciting activities to work on all areas of development.

Image may contain: 16 people, child, outdoor and natureMs. Kaitlyn Brown and Mrs. Emili Smith are our lead teachers in our Young Toddler classroom. They provide a loving and nurturing environment, as well as fun activities to stimulate language and development in the other domains.


Ms. Anna Gates is our lead teacher in the Older Toddler classroom. Ms. Anna holds her Associates of Science Degree with coursework in Early Childhood Education. She works diligently to encourage those developing language and social skills, and facilitate positive interactions among the children.

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Mrs. Kathy Hasty is the lead teacher in our Young Twos classroom, where she has worked for almost 15 years! Mrs. Hasty holds her Associates in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC-Greensboro. Mrs. Hasty provides the nurturing interactions that these children crave, while also teaching them necessary routines and self-help skills. They enjoy creative activities indoors and outdoors, and learn everything from Bible stories to famous artists and painting techniques!


Mrs. Brittany Delk is the lead teacher in our Older Twos classroom. She has been with SWDS for almost 5 years and holds her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Brittany provides so many fun and exciting activities to work in every area of development. Two year olds love coming to this classroom! Mrs. Brittany also provides creative activities in the outdoor learning environment (OLE), and continues to apply new knowledge and ideas in the classroom and OLE.

Mrs. Ermalyn Jaeck is a lead teacher of three year olds. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and has almost finished her Master’s degree! Mrs. Ermalyn has been with SWDS for 8 years. Mrs. Ermalyn enjoys incorporating Reggio Emilia inspired activities in her classroom, and utilizes the Outdoor Learning Environment as an extension of the classroom. Mrs. Ermalyn’s students work on project studies to develop their knowledge about topics that interest them.


Mrs. Kveta Schneider is a lead teacher of three year olds. She holds her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, and has been with SWDS for almost 6 years. Mrs. Kveta’s classroom is a warm and inviting space for her children to come and play, learn together, and create.

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Ms. Jetara Price is a lead teacher of three and four year olds. She holds her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, and has been with SWDS for 3 years. Ms. Price has a joyful spirit that brings smiles to the faces of all of her children. Ms. Price’s gift for music and animated story-telling enriches the classroom and keeps learning fun for all of her students.

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Mrs. Michelle Delk is a lead teacher in our Pre-Kindergarten department, and has been with SWDS for 10 years. She holds her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree.  Mrs. Delk’s classroom uses project studies to dive deeper into topics that the children are interested in. Mrs. Delk utilizes these things that interest the children to help teach skills in each of the developmental domains. They use hands-on activities to get ready for Kindergarten in an exciting and home-like environment.

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Mrs. Tiffany Ely is also a lead teacher in our Pre-Kindergarten department, and has been with SWDS for almost 12 years. Mrs. Ely just completed her Master’s in Early Childhood Education! Mrs. Ely also uses project studies in the classroom to learn more about things that interest the children, and weave learning throughout all areas of the classroom. Mrs. Ely uses different teaching styles to reach the different learners in her classroom. Her students have so much fun working together on different activities that they don’t even realize they are learning!

Shepherd’s Way Day School encourages you to stop by and visit.  Scheduling your trip in advance will ensure that someone is available to show you around and answer any questions that you might have.


 Shepherd’s Way Day School

1346 Old Cox Road
Asheboro, NC  27205

 email:  shepherdsway@swds.org

 Hours of Operation:

 Monday-Friday from 6:30 A.M. until 6:00 P.M.

Closed on the following Holidays:
New Year’s Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
The Week of July 4th
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day and the Friday After
The Week of December 25th


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