Early Childhood Education at Dogwood Hills Academy

Studies show that children who have positive, productive experiences in child care are better prepared socially and academically at school entry. Research also shows that the most important years of a child's brain development and learning patterns occur from infancy to age five. Being prepared means higher educational success. Dogwood Hills Academy's high quality caring and educational program is designed to create an appreciation and advanced aptitude for learning, providing a long-term advantage at an early age.


The youngest participants in our program
(age 0-9 months)

With attentive, responsive care, young infants quickly learn which behaviors lead to having their basic needs met. Infants whose needs are met consistently and lovingly are more open to exploring their environment and new experiences.

Crawlers and new walkers
(age 8-18 months)

Mobile infants are active, enthusiastic explorers who are in love with the world around them. Crawling, cruising, walking and practicing their other new skills occupy them. At Dogwood Hills Academy our specially designed play areas, both inside and outside, encourage these activities.

Explorers and young communicators
(age 16 - 25 months)

Toddlers busily explore and learn about the world they live in. They begin to respond to the feelings and reactions of others, and gain more control over their own emotions. Language development helps them understand cause and effect, such as saying goodbye to family and knowing they will return.

Learning independence and self-help skills
(age 24 – 36 months)

Increased language skills allow two year olds the ability to regulate their emotions and to explore their sense of self. Twos not only begin to use words to express their emotions, they can also recognize and respond appropriately to the emotions of others. Twos develop from consistent, predictable routines. They begin to understand basic concepts about time and to recognize that there is an order to daily events.

Looking for new experiences

The preschool years are a special time in the life of young children. Trust, independence and initiative are just a few traits that preschoolers experience. Their language expands tremendously as observations, experiments and interactions with others increase.

Kindergarten here we come

The Georgia Pre-K Program is a lottery funded educational program designed to prepare four year olds for kindergarten.

Dogwood Hills Academy offers the Georgia Pre-K Program to those children that are age four on or before September 1st of the current school year. Enrollment priority is given to those children currently enrolled and attending Dogwood Hills Academy at the time funding is approved by the State, typically late May or early June. Wait list forms are available for non-attending families after March 1st. Any open spaces not filled by attending children will be filled based on a lottery drawing held by management after funding approval.

Elementary age children

Before and after-school care and activities for elementary age children, including school breaks.

We Put the FUN Back In Summer!

Our Summer calendar is packed with special visitors, splashing in our Water Park, cooking experiments and gardening activities for our campers age 5 to 10. Our huge, nature surrounded playground provides a safe, fun learning environment, along with a sports field for added enjoyment. It's all here at DHA!