The Creative Way

Our Way

Creative Child Care, Inc. is a highly rated early educational child care provider that is proud to be locally owned and operated and to be a viable company in central Ohio. We utilize developmentally appropriate practices and age appropriate curriculum that will ensure school readiness for all children in our care. We provide a safe, nurturing environment for children to develop and learn and regular communication with the family to ensure the best situation for the child. Our expertise and participation in the Early Childhood Education community and our knowledge of the Central Ohio Business Community makes us an asset to every child and parent we serve.

Creating a Future for Your Child

Social and medical researchers agree that from ages 1 to 6 human beings learn and develop more than at any other time in their lives. National studies confirm that a high-quality child care program plays a valuable role in shaping a child's future during those crucial early years. There is conclusive evidence that children stimulated by developmentally appropriate experiences, and enriched by interactions with peers and supportive adults are better prepared for formal education and a productive adulthood.

We offer families:

  • Centers that are fully licensed by the state of Ohio and have security coded entrances and cameras in each classroom.
  • Centers that are also highly rated through Step-Up-To-Quality. This means that children enrolled at our centers participate in a learning and development program whose level of quality exceeds Ohio's child care licensing standards.
  • Degreed & Experienced Directors and Teachers whose credentials are supplemented with ongoing staff training, continuing education, and membership in national professional organizations for early childhood educators.
  • Comprehensive, research based academic and social-emotional curriculum that align with state standards for toddlers, preschool students, and infants (infant care available at our East and North locations)
  • Developmentally appropriate activities including art, music, dramatic and free play, reading readiness, math concepts, computer training, science, and social skills.
  • Child-centered facilities with spacious classrooms, where furniture and equipment have been designed for young children and chosen to facilitate independence and self-reliance.
  • Outdoor playground equipment that stimulates imaginative and creative play and are designed for the recreational needs of young children.
  • Nutritional breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks are planned and prepared per USDA and Healthy Children, Healthy Weights approved standards. Meals are served family style and teachers sit with children while encouraging conversations.
  • Competitive tuition rates and we accept publicly funded child care assistance

Creating Quality

Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a five-star quality rating system administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). All four Creative Child Care centers are quality rated through Step-Up-To-Quality! This means that all children enrolled with us participate in a learning and development program where the level of quality exceeds Ohio's child care licensing standards. Becoming star rated and maintaining your stars is not easy to accomplish. We are proud of the leadership and staff at each of our centers, not only for their hard work every day but also for their commitment to providing children with the best care possible. Below are some of the ways our centers provide increased quality of care:

  • The administrators and teachers have higher education qualifications. These qualifications benefit your child's development and learning.
  • The administrators and teachers complete 20 or more hours of specialized training every two years. The administrators and teaching staff are committed to expanding their knowledge and skills to better support your child's development and learning.
  • Teachers develop lesson plans that support each child's growth. Teachers plan intentional and purposeful activities and experiences that meet the needs, interests and abilities of children and supports them where they are in their development.
  • The program completes assessments to evaluate and improve the learning experience. Regular assessments are done with your child to help keep track of their growth over time. This lets teachers adjust how they offer experiences to your child daily.
  • The program builds relationships with families. Teachers and families work together to create goals for your child and share information about your child's progress. We offer events to involve families in their child's learning and development.

A high-quality program is important because 90% of brain development occurs by the time your child is 6 years old! For more information please go to www.earlychildhoodohio.org.

Creating Partnerships with Parents

At Creative Child Care our philosophy is to answer the needs of children and their families in a quality child care and educational setting with positive experiences which channel and foster the child's development toward becoming a productive adult. We see the parent as the first teacher, and our role is offering complementary support services and understanding. We take seriously the responsibility for developing young minds, bodies, and character, and we share that responsibility with parents whenever possible. As a parent of a student enrolled in a Creative Child Care Early Learning Center, you can expect to share in your child's growth through:

  • An open-door policy encouraging your participation and observation on a planned or unplanned basis at any time.
  • Daily contact with your child's teachers.
  • Teacher conferences held twice a year and annual open houses.
  • Newsletters, fliers, and bulletin board announcements about our activities.
  • Advice and counsel, whenever welcomed, based on our staff's professional training and experience working with your child. Referrals to community intervention services are also available.
  • Any interaction which help us work as a team to address your child's total development, increase his or her security away from home, and supplement the care he or she receives from the family.

Creating Security Through Structure

At Creative Child Care children are grouped in classes according to age and ability. Scheduled developmentally appropriate activities include reading readiness and language arts, outdoor and large muscle play, music and rhythms, social and nature sciences, math concepts, creative art and creative dramatics, free play, computer training. Activities are designed to arouse the child's natural curiosity and allow him to learn through exploration and experimentation. The daily routine includes a balance of active and quiet play as well as opportunities for both solitary and group time. Although we allow room for some flexibility and variation in the schedule, our days are carefully planned to provide a consistent program tailored to the needs of the children in each class. We find that such consistency adds to each child's sense of security with children knowing what to expect and when to expect it.

Creating a Positive Approach

Creative Child Care strives to provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment for all children to learn and grow. We encourage the satisfaction of curiosity by providing opportunity with a safe environment for children to observe, ask questions, experiment, make mistakes and find the answers for themselves. Children need to engage in relationships with both adults and peers to grow and develop. By utilizing the following strategies, our staff will provide a positive approach that is responsive to the individual needs of the child.

  • Managing the Physical Environment
  • Using Positive Reinforcement
  • Providing Choices
  • Problem Solving
  • Redirecting
  • Ensuring Safety

Creating Well Rounded Children

Creative Child Care's purpose is to educate the whole child by offering experiences that will help children meet their social, emotional, educational, and physical needs. We view curriculum as "everything that happens within the classroom" regardless of the age of the child. All Classrooms utilize "Creative Curriculum®" as a foundation for our learning experiences. Creative Curriculum®, aligns with the Ohio Early Learning Development Standards and is used in all our centers. Children learn through this research based curriculum allowing active and developmentally appropriate participation while encouraging cognitive, social/emotional, physical and language development of each child. This environment is further enriched by interactions with peers and supportive adults allowing children to celebrate their accomplishments.

Creative Curriculum® goes by the child's interest meaning the children learn through play. Play and investigation are central to our program as how cognitive learning, socialization and creativity develops. Children are given the opportunity to make choices, express ideas and theories, and act upon their understandings within a well-defined learning environment. Within each classroom, a variety of materials and media are available for the children to graphically represent their knowledge and understanding and express their ideas. It is the teacher's responsibility to acknowledge the children's interest and create lesson plans that meet Ohio Early Learning standards and to develop individual child goals to support skill progression towards mastery.

Creative Curriculum® is the foundation for the learning experience, and children can explore at their own pace in areas that interest them.

Creating a Sense of Self-Worth and Value

At Creative Child Care we encourage a lifelong love of learning and a desire to pursue it as we prepare children for productive and responsible roles in a complex, global society. We work to provide engaging and innovative activities and experiences that promote intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and creative development of the total child. These experiences help children develop a positive sense of self-worth and value