Apparo Academy, Inc.

Making ALL children ready for the next stage in life

Augusta, GA   |


Our mission is to assist children and their families with the necessary skills to realize their potential and achieve success through educational and therapeutic services that are provided in a loving, Christian environment.

Ruling year info


Executive Director / Founder

Dr. Jennifer Jones

Main address

3104 Skinner Mill Road

Augusta, GA 30909 USA

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NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children with special educational and medical needs do not have a local child care facility that can address their needs through education and therapeutic goals on a daily basis. There are many child care facilities in our area, but most have a waiting list and are limited on their ability to provide for children with special needs. Families of children with special needs have to adjust their lifestyle significantly when one parent must stay home with the child with special needs due to a lack of day care needs. There is also an inability to receive intensive therapy services for these children due to waiting lists at outpatient facilities and the restrictions from payers. Our program will improve the community and the quality of life of the family by putting the parents back into the work force, providing therapy and nursing needs for the child in need and also provide training for the parents to prepare them for navigating the educational system. We are much more than a preschool!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Outpatient Therapy Funding

Children are the mission of Apparo. We believe that children should be afforded every opportunity possible to enhance the quality of their lives. They deserve and should receive every resource available to ensure their success in play, school, and home life. If children with disabilities are to thrive in these areas, it is crucial that needed services and supplies are provided.

Apparo has a program for providing funding for therapy services that are not covered by insurance. Simple life tasks such as walking, eating, speaking, and dressing -- which we all take for granted -- are some of the most challenging hurdles these children have to overcome. It is our goal to provide families with funding for therapeutic supplies and treatment which will assist in enhancing their lives and the life of their child.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Apparo is an accredited preschool for children with special needs between 6 weeks and 7 years of age. We provide a quality education for children of all abilities and a curriculum that focuses on learning through play with integrated nursing care, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy throughout the day.
No child is ever turned away because the parents cannot afford the tuition. We subsidize on average 40% of the tuition earned revenue with some children receiving as much as 85% of their tuition as a gift from local donors and organizations who award grants to Apparo.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2017

Bright From the Start - Quality Rated - 2 stars 2021

Bright from the Start - Quality Rated - 3 stars 2023

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Apparo Academy is a non-profit, Christian preschool where children with special medical and educational needs learn and interact alongside their typically developing peers. Our model is built on learning through play utilizing the Creative Curriculum and comprehensive therapeutic treatment interwoven for the children with special needs. Inclusive learning is a valuable approach for all children who learn about empathy, compassion and adaptive thinking. Multiple programs will be available:

- Play-based curriculum delivered by certified teachers from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, five days a week throughout the school year for children 13 months to six years old.

- 60% of enrollment for children with special needs and 40% with typical developing peers
Teacher to student ratios will not surpass 1:5.

- Early care beginning at 7:00 am and After-care until 6:00 pm to assist working parents.

- Adaptive after-school options, such as tutoring, ballet, yoga, cycling, gymnastics, art and music for children 13 months to twelve years of age.

- Speech, Language, Feeding, Occupational, Sensory and Physical therapies during the school day from licensed therapists.

- Nursing care on-site for medically fragile children requiring advanced care and for those with additional medical needs.

We will be a support system to these families where they can come for advice, therapy services, respite and much more. We will also provide a child care facility for their typically developing children. Many families with children of special needs must take their children to different facilities due to the requirements to care for their child. Our facility will have inclusion services so that all children can learn along side each other. We will offer parents free training monthly on all aspects of the medical community and the education community. We will also offer them respite services once a month so that they can spend time together as a couple without the distractions of children. Our preschool is much more than a school. We will spend time with families and listen to their trials and then offer a possible solution.

Our organization employs teachers who are certified in special education and/or early childcare, certified and well-trained therapists, nursing and multiple assistance to be on hand as needed. The program director has over 25 years of training in providing therapy services and over 10 years of running a non-profit with a therapy focus.

Apparo Academy has completed our first year in operation with over 36 children enrolled our first year. We graduated 7 students this year to various public and private schools around our community. Our second year has begun with full enrollment and many lives are being impacted. We are excited to serve 42 students in our classrooms and over 50 students in our outpatient clinic this year. Apparo Academy is in the process of designing an expansion building of 16,000 square feet in order to accept more children into our amazing therapeutic preschool.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Apparo Academy, Inc.

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Apparo Academy, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Cates

Meybohm Real Estate

Term: 2019 - 2023

Board co-chair

Dr. John Stewart

Radiation Oncology Associates

Term: 2019 - 2024

Will Cagle, M.D.

Augusta University, Children's Medical Center

Marcie Wilhelmi

Josh Gaudin


Jeffrey Richards

Bob Wills


Ellis McCutcheon

Bedingfield, McCutcheon and Perry, CPA

Will Godwin

South State Bank

Bijon Memar


Bayla Pipkin

Community Leader

Elizabeth Tyger

Kimberly Clark

Millie Klosinski


Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/17/2020

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.