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    Children are natural explorers

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    Clifton campus

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    Every child possesses great learning potential

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    Children dream with their eyes open



Welcome to The Clifton School! We are glad you want to learn more about us! Our mission is to provide state of the art childcare and education for employees of Emory, CHOA, and the Centers for Disease Control and full-time Emory students that recognizes and respects the rights of children, teachers, and families. The Clifton School is a full-day, year-round program for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.  We also offer summer camp for children ages 5 to 10. Our school has two site locations near Emory University in Atlanta, GA. One is on Clifton Road and the other on Clairmont Road. Both locations are licensed by the State of Georgia. The Clairmont location is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); and the Clifton location is Quality Rated by the state. As a not-for-profit corporation, we are managed by a Board of Directors composed of representatives of EmoryChildren's Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our daily operations are administered by the Executive Director and the Site Directors.




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  • 10Dec

    The Clifton School Annual Curriculum Symposium

    Please Join us on Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 from 4:00 -6:00 p.m 

    at both the Clairmont Campus and Clifton Road Campus

     Explore and learn about  “SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT” in early childhood.


  • 07Nov

    Spirit Night at Uncle Maddio’s Pizza: 11/19

    Make plans to join us for Spirit Night at Uncle Maddio’s Pizza at Toco Hills on Wednesday Nov 19th, 5-8 PM. A portion of every dollar you spend will go back to The Clifton School!

  • 29Oct

    Executive Director Updates

    Good Afternoon Families,


    Happy fall! We would like to thank the PTA for organizing and all of the families who attended the Harvest Festival. It was a beautiful day. It is wonderful to see Clifton School families working together to create special experiences and lasting memories for our children. Thank you, I am already looking forward to next year!


    Program Updates:

     Teacher Training

    We are committed to our teaching staff participating in professional development and staying abreast of the current trends and research in Early Education.

    • From September 24-26, several teachers had the opportunity to attend the 48th annual 2014 “Together for Children” Conference presented by the Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children. Sessions topics included: brain development, social emotional development, literacy, and many others.
    • On October 13th teachers participated in state approved professional development. The training topic was Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Intentional teaching.


    • On November 3-5, the curriculum coordinators and directors will travel to Dallas, Texas to participate in the 2014 NAEYC Conference. This year’s theme is: Delivering on the Promise of Early Learning.
    • The early intervention teacher and a lead teacher from each program attended professional development at Marcus Institute focusing on behavior management.


    Flu Shots- Teachers and staff will be protected against the flu virus this season. Emory will be providing free flu shots at both schools for all staff. Shots will be administered at Clairmont on 11/12 and at our Clifton site on 11/13.  CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year is always a good idea, and the protection you get from vaccination will last throughout the flu season.-

    Sick Child Policy- As we enter into cold and flu season, please be sure to adhere to our sick child policy. Children will be excluded from participation in the program if they exhibit symptoms of any communicable disease.  They will not be permitted to return to the program until they are no longer contagious.  Guidelines for determining the contagious period for a specific illness are based on the recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Children must present a doctor’s note stating they are no longer contagious and can return to the program. The child’s parent may not act as the physician by signing notes or for prescribing or requesting the administration of medication. Such documentation must come from the child’s physician. The Clifton School reserves the right to refuse to allow a child to return if the center director or designee believes the child to be too ill to participate in the program.

    Children excluded from the program due to a fever may not return to the program until they are fever free, without fever reducing medication, for 24 hours.  If your child is sent home due to a fever, he/she is not permitted to return to the program the following day at a minimum.  A fever is defined as a temperature reading on a thermometer of at least 101 degrees Fahrenheit or more as taken under the arm.

    Fall Costume Parade!

    Our Fall Festival Parade is a “Clifton tradition” and many families are excitedly preparing children for the occasion. In an effort to minimize the emphasis on Halloween as well as lessen the fears some young children may have about masked figures and other Halloween related items, we ask that there be no scary costumes or masks.  This allows us to provide a more inclusive celebration that more closely aligns with our anti-bias education practices.

    Because many parents expressed not being able to attend last year’s costume parade that took place at 10:30 am the parade has been scheduled this year for 4:00 pm at both sites. This will allow families to park in our decks and enjoy the parade after working hours. The parade will begin promptly at 4:00 pm and is no longer than 30 minutes. Once the parade is over you will be able to leave with your child already dressed for trick or treating!



    Thanksgiving Luncheon

    As a way of showing appreciation to our awesome teachers for everything they do, The Clifton School is hosting our traditional Thanksgiving luncheon on November 20th at 1:00pm. During this luncheon the teacher have an opportunity to relax, and enjoy each other’s company while dining on a wonderful meal. Parent volunteers are needed to relieve teachers from the class so they are able to enjoy the lunch. Sign-up sheets for volunteering will be posted closer to the date of the luncheon.


    Important Dates


    • November 3-5 Picture Day at Clairmont, Clifton Picture Days were October 27-29
    • November 5th PTA Meeting 4:30 – 5:30pm at Clairmont
    • November 27, 28 Closed for Thanksgiving holiday
    • December 11 The Annual Clifton School Symposium
    • December 25, 26 Closed for Christmas


    We are continuously developing ways to improve our program. If you have suggestions, ideas, comments or concerns please be sure to share them with us. Once again, I would like to thank you for trusting us every day with your wonderful children. It is a privilege we do not take for granted.



Nut Policy

Please keep in mind that The Clifton School is a nut free school. When participating in holiday parties please bring pre-packaged foods with the ingredients listed on the label to ensure allergy information can be noted.


The Clifton School will be closing at 4:30 pm on Wednesday December 24 .

The  Clifton School will be closed December 25 & December 26 for the Christmas holiday.

Inclement Weather Policy

During times of inclement weather, both schools will be open. They will be staffed by as many employees as possible, depending on the number of employees who can safely travel. However, in the event that BOTH Emory and CDC close, announce a later opening time or an early closing time, we will do so as well. In the event that the weather should turn icy during the day, we request that parents pick up their children as soon as possible, so that our teachers are able to travel home safely. This information will be relayed through our calling post, email listserve, posted on our website and when possible local news channels.