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To provide students of all backgrounds with access to a quality education rooted in sociocultural theory and ministry; assisting in the growth and development of our students academically, socially, and spiritually; producing the next generation of leaders!

Equip, Enrich, Empower


Welcome to
The Christine Avery Learning Center

The Christine W. Avery Learning Center, Inc. (CWA) is an educational nonprofit organization. CWA strives to enhance the state of marginalized communities by equipping, empowering, and energizing the next generation of socially conscious leaders. We fulfill our vision by providing academic, social, cultural, spiritual, and civic development to disadvantaged families in Western North Carolina through Early Learning, Pre-K, After-school and Summer programming. It is our aim to be the model organization that aids in family-life development.


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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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.


Scholars also learn through a variety of stimulating, hands-on experiences, all designed to support their development and growth. Scholars engage developmentally appropriate activities in math, science, early literacy and writing, and art.

Enrollment starts at age 2

We are currently waitlisting all ages

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:

  • Approaches to play and learning

  • Emotional and social development

  • Health and Physical Development

  • Language development and communication

  • Cognitive development

We are currently waitlisting all ages

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

Beyond academics, we also nurture the holistic growth of our students. Through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) activities, we encourage their curiosity and passion for learning. Social development is an essential aspect of our program, and we prioritize community building, identity development, and fostering creativity among the participants.

Workforce Development

Our Workforce development program trains and employee's current college students with a desire to work in early childhood education, K-12 education, curriculum instruction, or nonprofit management. 

In addition to the college intern program, we also hire Counselors in Training (CIT's) in the summer months to help introduce youth ages 14-17 to the early childhood workforce by providing training and practical experience. 

For more information about the College Summer Internship program and the CIT program, please email hr@cwalearningcenter.

To complete an internship application please click here.


Thank You Teachers
We are CWA!
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