From the Director:
Creative Minds offers an exceptionally rich, caring environment for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Located two minutes from Hwy 85 and Camden Ave, we serve families throughout San Jose, Almaden, Cambrian, Campbell, Los Gatos, and surrounding communities. We follow the emergent curriculum and hands-on creative learning approaches of the Reggio Emilia schools of Italy. Hailed as an exemplary model of early childhood education (Newsweek, 1991), the Reggio Emilia approach to education enables children to think outside the box, build on their interests, work in teams to solve problems, and to learn as a community. There is a strong emphasis on respect for children and for our community learning environment. We seek to set a strong foundation for a lifetime of curiosity and love of learning. We believe young children learn through hands-on experiences and pretend play, so our children have the opportunity to explore concepts in language, math, science, the arts, physical development and social relationships every day. Activities include cooking, gardening, arts'n'crafts, music, dancing, outside time, ample time for pretend play, and optional enrichment with gymnastics and painting classes. The teacher's role is to guide, observe, and challenge the children, always with a focus on respect for each child's individual needs and innate curiosity. We see teachers and parents as partners, communicating openly and working together to support each child's development.