Our Beginnings

In the spring of 2014, several women who knew one another from their work at Marygrove College formed Connecting Through the Arts & Education, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to bring diverse families together around an interest in child centered, inquiry based education. A preschool, Scuola Creativa, opened in the fall of 2014 in Ferndale, Michigan, with one classroom serving children ages three through five. In the spring of 2018, Scuola Creativa moved to the current location in Royal Oak, Michigan, and expanded to include a preschool classroom for children ages three through five and an infant-toddler classroom for children ages birth to three.

Philosophy

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education, Scuola Creativa partners with children, families, and the community to provide an inquiry-based education for young learners. Scuola Creativa upholds an image of the child as a powerful, competent, capable, and integral member of the community. We envision each family as unique, deserving of respect, and the center of the child’s life. Scuola Creativa has a vision for a just and civil society that values our shared humanity, fosters strong democratic communities, recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and appreciates diversity. We acknowledge children’s ability to reflect upon and contribute to their own learning through their many languages of expression and communication. Our vision is to base all decisions on the principles of Reggio Emilia, incorporating current research on learning as well as developmentally appropriate practice.

Structure of the Day

The Preschool program is based on a school year schedule, which is in session September through June. A Summer Camp session is available for families who desire year-round programming. Our Preschool Program is based on a six-hour day (9:00 AM-3:00 PM) and includes breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. An Extended Day program is available before school (8:00-9:00) and after school (3:00-6:00) for an additional charge. Children enrolled in the Preschool program must be fully potty trained.

The Infant-Toddler program is based on a year-round schedule, which is in session September through August. Our Infant-Toddler program is based on a ten-hour day (8:00 AM-6:00 PM) and includes breakfast, lunch, and two snacks as well as diapers and wipes.

Both classrooms follow a daily routine that includes breakfast, morning meeting, small group experiences, open exploration, outdoor exploration, lunch, rest time, open exploration, and afternoon snack.

Food

At Scuola Creativa, we work with families to create a lifetime of healthy relationships with food. Lunch is prepared each day in our fully licensed kitchen with a focus on fresh, whole ingredients including protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. The ritual of sharing meals with friends and teachers builds community and encourages tasting new foods. Special dietary needs are taken into account whenever possible to ensure the health and safety of all children.