Nursery Cluster

(1 - 30 months of age)

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The Capitol School's Infants and Toddlers program is one of only 20 child care programs to earn 5 Stars from the State of Alabama.

From the Stars website (

Alabama’s QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement System) is a partnership between the Alabama Department of Human Resources and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education. This system awards STAR levels to early childhood care and education programs that meet a set of defined program standards which are comprised of standardized, research-based criteria. By participating in this program, early care and education providers will embark on a path of continuous quality and improvement. Alabama Quality STARS is committed to recognizing a program’s strength while providing support to develop a plan for improvement. Programs have to meet a minimum score requirement on both the Best Practice Rubric and CLASS scoring model in order to meet different STAR levels.


Children may continue enrollment up to 36 months to complete independent toilet training.

Please return a Nursery contract, Preadmission Form and an Alabama Immunization form to Capitol School prior to the first day your child attends.   We cannot accept children without these forms required by the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR).    
Note:  For 
Montessori Twos (ages 18 months and older) there is a shorter school day option until 3:00 p.m.   Please email to request that contract.

Nursery Checklist

  • Child’s Pre-admission Form (pages 1 and 2) 

  • Alabama Immunization Form (sample)

  • Nursery Contract (with registration fee and capital improvement fee)

  • Parent Intake Form

  • Set up Brightwheel app (parent should download app – teacher will invite parent to join)

Please label and bring on the child’s first day (August 1): 

  • Baby bottles (pre-mixed) or lunch plus 2 snacks

  • Change of clothes 

  • Diapers and wipes

  • NOT FOR INFANTS   Nap mat for Toddlers & Montessori Twos with attached pillow and cover for Toddlers and Montessori Twos

  • Example: Funhouse Nap MatTot Cot All-in-One

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Ashley McCulley, Nursery Director

Ashley McCulley

Mrs. Ashley McCulley serves as our Nursery Director for six classrooms of children ages 1 - 36 months of age.  She is also the Lead Teacher of Montessori Twos South.   Ashley earned her Montessori certificate in 2018 from the North American Montessori Center and  has 15 years experience working with children. She has been selected by The University of Alabama’s Office of Clinical Experiences to serve as a mentor for undergraduates earning degrees in Early Childhood Education.  Each year, she supervises interns who will become teachers certified in the state of Alabama.  Mrs. Ashley and her husband have 3 children who have attended The Capitol School since Preschool and are now in Middle and High School. Mrs. Ashley is a member of the American Montessori Society and NAEYC, National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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Montessori Twos South

Montessori Twos Central

Montessori Twos North