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  • Children are natural explorers

    Children are natural explorers

  • Clifton campus

    Clifton campus

  • Every child possesses great learning potential

    Every child possesses great learning potential

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    Clairmont campus

  • Children dream with their eyes open

    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 & Clifton Road Sites are both 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.




Find this month’s standard and vegetarian menus, see our allergy policy, and more.


2019-2020 school calendar, upcoming special events, and inclement weather.


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  • 01Oct

    Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 27

     Please save the date for the annual Clifton School Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 27, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Clifton School Clairmont Campus located at 1900 Starvine Way, Decatur, GA 30033.

    Back by popular demand will be the class activity booths, music, a food truck with snacks for purchase, face painting and Hope & Will from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

    Tickets will be $5 per person—children one and under are free—and can be purchased with cash or credit card at the gate on the day of the festival. Proceeds go toward supporting PTA events and activities throughout the school year.

     Your Room Reps will be in touch regarding your class booth activity if they haven’t already.

     We’re also seeking volunteers to help set-up and break-down the event. If you are available for an hour at either 8:00 a.m. or at noon, we would greatly appreciate your assistance! Please email the PTA at to volunteer.

    We look forward to seeing you all at this year’s Harvest Festival!



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 closed on February 17, 2020 for Professional Development Day.

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.