Bears and Blankets
Academy of Early Learning

A creative alternative in early childhood education

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Bears and Blankets Academy of Early Learning
317 North Lewis Street
Staunton, VA 24401 USA
Phone: (540) 886-4472

Looking for that creative alternative in early childhood education? Bears and Blankets offers a full day preschool learning environment, as well as, full time child care which fosters your child's exploration and individual expression. Much of his/her day is spent choosing activities in varied learning centers.

A daily routine offers nutritious meals which meet USDA guidelines. Outdoor play takes place on our large, fenced playgrounds, offering a variety of fitness opportunities. Each classroom builds on the next with opportunities to expand learning.

Come meet our qualified and caring staff, there to help your child learn and enjoy fun filled days. Each of our teachers is certified in CPR and First Aid. Professional development is continued by attending classes and conferences on a yearly basis. Bears and Blankets is State Licensed and meets and exceeds requirements for children ages birth through age twelve.


We believe every child is an important individual and must be treated as such. Our first priority is to help each child appreciate his/her own special qualities and to feel nurtured. Our developmental approach to our program allows for the growth of the whole child in the areas of emotional, social, cognitive, physical, and creative skills. Our program is structured to ensure a feeling of security, yet flexible enough to provide for individual needs.

Bears and Blankets encourages self help skills which we feel helps to improve self esteem through accomplishment. Our caring staff respects our students and helps children learn to show respect and practice good manners.

Bears and Blankets teaches tolerance and acceptance. No child is denied enrollment based on race, ethnicity, disability, or religious beliefs. Our school also strongly believes in giving back to the community, both local and global. We often have activities based on helping others.

Safety is of great importance to Bears and Blankets. Many of our policies are formulated to keep your child safe while in our capable care.

The staff work together as a team of professional child care providers. Cooperation and consideration keep the working atmosphere friendly, warm, and pleasant. We know that each member of our team has special talents and ideas that help the Center succeed.


Bears and Blankets Child Care Center was first operated in the home of the Director beginning in 1985. A separate location was opened on the first floor of 338 N. Lewis Street in April of 1990. It was licensed to provide care to 15 children. After approximately two years, the licensed capacity was increased to 20 children. During the summer of 1993, renovations were completed to allow child care on the second floor for an additional 23 children.

On October 3, 1994, an Infant/Toddler Facility opened at 317 N. Lewis Street to provide care for thirty children from birth to 2 and 1/2 years of age. In October of 2001, renovations to the lower level of 317 N. Lewis were completed to allow our preschoolers to be transferred to that building, resulting in the entire operation being housed in one location licensed for 67 children.