For over 50 years, Creative Early Learning Center Childcare & Pre School has helped children grow and develop through a world of discovery. We respect each child's individuality and strive to foster an atmosphere of caring and trust. Our childcare center is family owned and operated. All who attend our programs are made to feel welcome, at home, and part of our family. Our teachers have degrees in early childhood education, and extensive experience working with children and families. We hire only the best and it shows in everything we do! Our pre school programs provide kindergarten readiness, giving your child an educational advantage. What really sets us apart, is what we like to call the Creative Difference. Our comprehensive educational programs extend beyond our doors and into your home. You will find that the Creative Difference we offer, creates in your child a strong curiosity and enthusiasm to learn about the world around them. Our childcare and pre school programs are found at three convenient locations: Garfield Heights, Twinsburg and Medina. In 1962, our founder, Jean Pedone, opened the doors of a co-op preschool program in a church in Garfield Heights, Ohio. She was a pioneer and avid storyteller, whose passion was working with and educating children. Jean started this preschool program with just a few students. Who could have imagined this program would blossom into three state-of-the-art Creative Early Learning Centers run by the same caring and loving family. Jean was a risk-taker. When she realized there were no quality preschool programs in the community, she set to work to make a difference and started a program of her own. Jean made sure her children had exposure to the arts, including drama, music, dance, and storytelling. These crucial components to teaching children have carried through until today and can be found in throughout Creative's comprehensive curriculum. As her program grew, so did the demand for day care for all ages of children. Jean listened; and with the help her daughter, Debbie, they opened one of the first child development centers in Northeast Ohio and the Creative Early Learning Center was established. Today, Jean's family, including children Tom and Debbie along with grandchildren Brian and Ashley, work closely together to lead teams of knowledgeable teachers in continuing to educate the youth by delivering on Jean's original philosophies: to provide age-appropriate activities that promote emotional, intellectual, social, and physical growth in child development. Children at Creative Early Learning Center are given many opportunities to explore their environment, manipulate objects, creatively use materials, and have lots and lots of fun! There are now three “Step Up To Quality” Creative Early Learning Center child development and preschool centers serving various communities in Northeast Ohio. We look forward to continuing our work as your local, family-owned childcare and preschool specialists. Jean's Creative legacy continues with each passing year as more children and families benefit from the Creative Difference offered by Creative Early Learning Center Child Care & Preschool. In fact, a member of the fourth generation of our family has recently joined on this path and is currently enrolled in our Cuddle Bugs Toddler program. We believe in developmental learning that is conducted at a pace that supports each child's individual needs and interests, offered in a safe and nurturing atmosphere. Our learning programs are structured with individual differences and developmentally appropriate practices in mind. We believe in hands-on learning incorporating some montessori school activities, with a focus on social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs. We ar. At the Creative Early Learning Center,we employ several core curricula which align with Ohio's Early Learning and Development Standards (Birth thru 5) as well as Ohio's K-12 Academic Standards. Our developmentally appropriate learning experiences and activities are designed with the whole child in mind. Our teachers create individualized plans for each child in addition to our weekly lesson plans. We help your child meet important milestones by observing and assessing their development and making changes as necessary. We feel that a play-based learning and exploration curricula is the best choice for young children. As such,your child will explore and learn through arts and crafts,music and language via our Enrichment Program,movement and cooking via Fit Kids,story time,science discovery through Nature's Classroom,math concepts,and alphabet recognition. Our hands-on learning activities focus on your child's social,emotional,intellectual,and physical needs. Children are placed in classrooms according to age and development. In addition,we utilize Conscious Discipline,which is built on the premise of developing discipline within children rather than applying discipline to them. At CELC,our goal is to create a safe,healthy and fun environment where children can discover themselves and their limitless possibilities,all while learning at their own level. Please find below links to each of our outstanding and comprehensive programs: Sweet Peas for Infants 6 weeks to 18 months: A warm and nurturing environment where your baby can explore their new world. Our teachers provide a loving,nurturing environment where your baby can feel safe and secure. Cuddle Bugs for young toddlers 18 to 30 months: Exciting sensory experiences with a focus on social play. At this early age in development,our teachers nurture and support your toddler's growth through developmentally appropriate activities to encourage them to explore the world around them through hands on activities. Little Rascals for older toddlers or early preschool 30 to 36 months: A rich environment where children are encouraged to investigate everything. At this stage of development,our focus is on learning activities and experiences that support all areas of development including physical,emotional,social,motor,language,communication and cognitive. Busy Bees for preschool children ages 3 to 4 years old: The buzz you are hearing is the sound of conversation,exploration and inspiration. Children at this stage of development are always on the move,taking risks,and seeking new experiences. We provide an avenue for them to express themselves while employing new academic skills that they will enjoy. Explorers for Pre-Kindergarten (Kindergarten Prep) for children ages 4 to 5 years old: The culmination of our preschool program is a launching pad to school success. Pre-Kindergarten children will be held to a higher academic standard to ensure that they are not only prepared for school,but excited to embrace it socially and scholastically. All Star Club for school age children K through middle school : New challenges and enrichments expand on the elementary school experience. Our summer camps are comprehensibly planned in a traditional camp format so that kids of all age levels can make the most out of their summer,all while making memories with new friends that will last a lifetime.