Philosophy & Curriculum

The Science of Teaching Preschoolers

Crèche practices an individualized, developmentally appropriate approach to early childhood education, using criteria from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Our preschool curriculum embraces components of many different theories and practices. The unique characteristics of each individual child are carefully considered in addition to group dynamics when planning classroom activities, as is common in Montessori preschools. Children learn from educated teachers using Creative Curriculum — a program that features the latest in early childhood development research — and a positive, non-denominational monthly Christian supplement. Each week the teachers implement goal-oriented lesson plans, which include process art, literacy, individual exploration, hands-on STEM lessons, small and large motor skill strengthening, early print work, music time, and more. Children begin their meals with prayer, in addition to learning early table manners. Although Christian values are taught, honoring and respecting the diversity of all families is a strong value. Children are encouraged to participate in all classroom activities but are never forced to do so.

Crèche utilizes several different theories and best-practice approaches to early childhood education, including concepts from Emilia, Maslow, Piaget, Erickson, and Vygotsky. Our educational philosophy, along with the Creative Curriculum, borrows from theories that have found genetic makeup and environment (nature and nurture) to be more or less equal factors in pre-K social and educational outcomes. Child development experts have concluded that the environment of a child’s earliest years can have effects that last a lifetime. Research tells us that early childhood development is the result of experiences, coupled with the way a child interprets, recognizes, or modifies those experiences. 

Our Goals and Objectives for Children

We want children enrolled in our early learning centers to feel secure and cared for at all times in a safe, loving, and stimulating environment.

How Young Children Learn

As children create and form new ideas, the same brain chemicals that help them connect socially also enable their brains to process information on a deeper level.

Preschool Curriculum as a Process

Teachers are specially trained to make purposeful observations through the daily program and take anecdotal notes about each child’s involvement in activities, focusing on their increasing development.