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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 are 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.

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    • 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 2016-2018!




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.

In June 2017, we opened our brand new, custom built, 1,600 square foot School Age Building adjacent to our Main Building! This building contains 2 large classrooms, and its’ own School Age Outdoor Learning Environment! We are now able to provide School age care throughout the summer, after school, and on teacher workdays, etc. Our school age department serves children ages 5-12, and maintains small ratios to provide the best care and supervision possible!


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 curricula which we blend together to help your child reach his or her full potential. You will find our Christian education woven into activities in each of the classrooms to begin instilling these beliefs and morals at an early age. Creative Curriculum helps to guide the developmentally appropriate activities in our Birth – Preschool classrooms. In each of our classrooms the teachers utilize Conscious Discipline and CSEFEL strategies to support social and emotional development. In addition, our Pre-Kindergarten classrooms use High Scope curriculum which supports executive functioning skills, and Letterland curriculum for teaching phonics and foundational literacy skills.

We also consider our facility a Reggio-inspired child care center. This can be seen in the way that the teachers encourage exploration and investigation of natural materials and the things that the children notice around them every day. It can be seen in the way that our teachers encourage creativity and critical thinking skills, and ask questions to facilitate learning experiences. From NAEYC,

45df93982de09a951581add342dd3f63 (1)“Relationships are at the very heart of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. That philosophy is reflected in an environment that encircles the child with three “teachers,” or protagonists. The first teacher—the parent—takes on the role of active partner and guide in the education of the child. The second is the classroom teacher. Often working in pairs, the classroom teacher assumes the role of researcher and intentionally engages children in meaningful work and conversation. The third teacher is the environment—a setting designed to be not only functional but also beautiful and reflective of the child’s learning. It is the child’s relationship with parent, teacher, and environment that ignites learning.

Children construct their own knowledge through a carefully planned curriculum that engages and builds upon the child’s current knowledge, recognizing that knowledge cannot simply be provided for the child. The curriculum, often emergent in nature, is based on the interests of the children. When learning is the product of the child’s guided construction rather than simply the teacher’s transmission and the child’s absorption, learning becomes individualized. Most important, teaching becomes a two-way relationship in which the teacher’s understanding of the child is just as important as the child’s understanding of the teacher.

Emergent curriculum is not a free-for-all. It requires that teachers actively seek out and chase the interests of the children.

[Mary Ann Biermeier (2015).  Inspired by Reggio Emilia: Emergent Curriculum in Relationship-Driven Learning Environments. Young Children. Vol. 70 No. 5.  Retrieved from https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/yc/nov2015/emergent-curriculum] IMG_0178

We know from the research of many others before us, as well as our own experiences, that this type of education is the most beneficial for young children. We love to see them so excited about learning because they are interested, engaged, and have teachers that support their investigations and creativity.

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

68662038_10158786730417166_2577769135459008512_nHours 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?colt

    • A shoeless environment to keep the floors clean for our little ones!

    • Active and sleeping areas are separated.

    • 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 with herbs and plants to touch and smell; wind chimes; a swing for rocking children; natural materials to explore and promote pulling up and cruising; planned sensory experiences and water play.

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

    • Teachers are nurturing and responsive, and build loving relationships with each child.

    • Materials and activities are individualized for each child and provided to stimulate development.

    • Tummy time is encouraged and lots of play time on the floor- working on developing gross motor skills, interacting with teachers and other infants, and exploring!
    • We support breastfeeding mothers by providing a private space for nursing/pumping for parents as well as employees. Many mothers stop by on breaks to feed or love on their little one!







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?

    • A challenging, safe space for children to freely explore.

    • Ratios: 1 teacher to every 5 children for toddlers
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    • 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 hands-on experiences to stimulate all areas of your child’s development.

    • Experienced teachers trained and educated in early childhood practices, that continue to attend classes and trainings to keep up with the best practices for the classroom.

    • Kindermusik is offered as a free musical program which is a part of our intergenerational approach to early childhood education.18527949_10155174234696438_6111246586767063622_n

    • A special, exciting outdoor environment designed especially for your little one. We begin gardening with this age group, allowing them to help plant and watch herbs and vegetables grow, and eventually try things from our gardens!

    • Teachers that are intentional in the teaching of social-emotional skills, using every opportunity to work on positive interactions and appropriate language skills with friends- as well as helping children to recognize their emotions and respond to them in healthy and appropriate ways.
    • Reggio-Emilia inspired materials and provocations to promote creativity and critical thinking skills.
    • 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 that teaches daily of God’s love for us, and how He calls us to love others. 16939669_10211145543170512_4033227705595635479_n

  • Low ratios and small groups sizes.

  • On-site nature trails and children’s flower, vegetable, and herb gardens that the children plant, care for, and observe as they grow and change. Our little ones love trying the foods that they grow in the gardens!

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

  • Lots of independent play and exploration and a dynamic, exciting, natural 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.21761364_10154829312870812_2349812415207070287_n

  • High Scope curriculum used in our Pre-Kindergarten classes to dive further in to investigating topics of interest, intentionally planning what they will work on, and recalling their plans
  • 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.

  • Reggio-Emilia inspired materials and provocations to promote creativity and critical thinking 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 fre13939503_1095007437202482_2036223581643409347_ne 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.

  • Teachers who find teachable moments all throughout the day, and keep children excited about learning by following their interests.
  • Teachers that understand the necessity of play, and how to incorporate learning naturally throughout play activities.














School-Age Care

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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: 20228575_10156501732799465_3943280236983904750_n

Our Summer Camp is like nothing you have ever seen! Our desire is to keep our summer campers 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!


A typical week in summer camp will have 3 field trips, and 2 days of on-site activities. We use trips and visitors to supplement the activities we are doing in the classrooms, and the topics that we are learning about. We also choose field trips that are interesting and fun for our kids, and they help us decide on things that they really like. We feel that service projects are a very important part of our summer as well, so that our children learn about giving to others. They love animals, and made things for animals at a local animal shelter- their favorite part was visiting and holding the animals!
















Shepherd’s Way Day School  is among the first child development centers in North Carolina 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.


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


    • 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.
    • Children and residents enjoy an interactive magic show.
    • School age children make and serve lemonade to the residents on a warm summer afternoon.
    • Children deliver handmade cards to residents on their birthday!
    • Children of all ages and residents enjoy music and movement classes together!
    • 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 her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood from 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.


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 Sorrell, Site Director, has been with Shepherd’s Way since 2011. She holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her previous work experience includes working as a Developmental Specialist for Wake Forest University.  Amanda’s focus as Director of the Asheboro site is on program quality and teacher training, as well as planning events to encourage family participation and community relations.

Our Lead Teaching Staff

Mrs. Anna Gates is the lead teacher in our Infant classroom. She holds an Associate’s of Science degree with concentration in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Anna  loves seeing the infants learn new things, and she creates many sensory experiences to stimulate their development!


 Mrs. Lydia McLaughlin & Mrs. Emili Smith are co-lead teachers of our young infants classroom. Mrs. Emili holds her Bachelor’s in Secondary education, and has her NC Early Childhood Credentials. Mrs. Lydia has her NC Early Childhood Credentials. Mrs. Lydia and Mrs. Emili enjoy nurturing their little ones and helping them as they transition from the infant room to toddlers.


Ms. Carli Brewer is the lead teacher in our Older Toddlers classroom. Ms. Carli is currently working towards her Associate’s degree in ECE, and enjoys attending trainings about outdoor learning and Reggio-Emilia philosophy. Ms. Carli likes to bring new ideas to the classroom to always continue to improve her practices.


Mrs. Kathy Hasty is the Lead teacher of the Young twos classroom. Mrs. Hasty has a Bachelor’s of Science, an Associate’s in Early Childhood, and is pursuing a Graduate certificate in ECE. Mrs. Hasty has been with SWDS since 2002. She is a caring and nurturing teacher who loves two year olds and learning!


Ms. Brittany Delk is the Lead teacher of our Older twos. Ms. Brittany holds an Associate’s degree in ECE and is currently pursuing her Bachelors in the field. Ms. Brittany is dedicated to increasing her own knowledge in ECE and using the information to continue improving her classroom.


In our preschool department, we have two 3-year-old classrooms, and a 3 & 4 year old combination classroom. Our lead teachers in the Preschool department are Mrs. Ermalyn Jaeck, Ms. Taylor Kemp, and Ms. Ginny Morgan. Mrs. Ermalyn holds her Bachelor’s degree in ECE, and is pursuing her Master’s in the field. Ms. Ginny has her Associate’s degree in ECE, and Ms. Taylor is in the process of completing her Associate’s degree as well. Our preschool teachers enjoy bringing nature and the arts into their classrooms.

Mrs. Ermalyn Jaeck, 3’s


Ms. Taylor Kemp, 3’s


Mrs. Ginny Morgan, 3’s & 4’s


We have two Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. Mrs. Tiffany Ely and Mrs. Michelle Delk are the lead teachers of these classrooms. Mrs. Ely holds her Master’s degree in ECE. Mrs. Delk has her Associate’s degree in ECE, and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in the field. Mrs. Ely and Mrs. Delk have each been with SWDS for over ten years, and are dedicated to helping each of their students be prepared and excited for Kindergarten and beyond!

Mrs. Michelle Delk, Pre-K


Mrs. Tiffany Ely, Pre-K


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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