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Introduction & History

APPLE Academy, formerly known as APPLE Institue, was founded in 1980 under the Academic Pre-Primary Learning Enrichment Institute, and was located at Anderson Street Methodist Church in Bristol, Tennessee. The goal of this project was to offer a high quality pre-school program in a Christian environment to young children of the community. Since its beginning, APPLE has adapted to meet the ever changing needs of the families it serves.


In 1986, the pre-school moved to its present location at Central Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Virginia. The program was expanded to include a two-year-old class. In 1992 the “Just for Fives” class was added to meet the unique developmental needs of young five-year-olds.


On August 1, 1994, APPLE Institute became an official ministry of Central Presbyterian Church. That same year, an afternoon child care program was implemented. The summer enrichment program offering fun, age-appropriate activities for children age two through twelve began on May 30, 1995. On January 2, 1996 with the completion of the addition to Central Presbyterian Church, APPLE began offering infant and toddler child care for children age 6 weeks through two years.


In February, 2010 APPLE Institute officially became known as APPLE Academy of Central Presbyterian Church. The new name is a reflection of the relationship that APPLE and Central have nurtured throughout the years and will serve to strengthen the quality of care and education our children experience. APPLE enjoys the reputation of being one of the finest early childhood programs in the community. It is our goal to provide the highest standards of hands-on learning activities and age-appropriate curriculum in a nurturing, Christian environment. It is through our continued dedication to the children enrolled in our program that we will honor this commitment throughout the future.