Our Teaching Philosophy: The Creative Curriculum
The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool translates new research and theory from the field of early childhood education into a practical, easy-to-understand approach to working with children and their families. It is a comprehensive curriculum that includes a framework for decision making along with a focus on interest areas.
The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool explains the ongoing cycle of observing, guiding, learning, and assessing children’s progress using The Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum for Ages 3-5. The Developmental Continuum shows teachers the sequence of steps children take as they learn particular skills and concepts in all areas of development. It is a tool for planning instruction and assessing learning.
The Creative Curriculum guides teachers in planning a program that includes choice time, small- and large-group time, and studies that integrate learning across all the content areas. When teachers are up-to-date on research they know what to do and why certain teaching strategies work. In turn, they are able to make decisions that promote learning and development and positively impact the lives of children and their families.
Types of Care
Full Care is available between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Full week schedules are preferred but 2 day (Tuesday/Thursday) and 3 day (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) options may be offered depending on availability at the time of enrollment.
Drop-in Care is based on daily enrollment. If you are in need of care for your child for additional days or on an as-needed basis, your child may attend the center if space allows.
After School Care is also available at Charleston Community Early Learning Center. Charleston schools will provide bus service to and from the center to Mark Twain & Carl Sandburg.
School Age Summer Care is available when public school is not in session during the summer months.
The Center is closed for major holidays.
Application packets for enrollment are available at the Center or you may request that an application be mailed to you. Stop in or call between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for specific details regarding enrollment options and availability.
We are given rent-free use of the Wesley United Methodist Church educational wing, but share the expenses for utilities and maintenance of the facility by paying the church a substantial monthly reimbursement.
2206 South Fourth Street
Charleston, IL 61920