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Creative Children's Center

2515 SW 185th
Beaverton, OR 97006

(503) 591-0604


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

We are a copperative program with options for today's busy families. We believe that children need play in order to understand the world. Play and academic knowledge are partners in life and in learning. When learning is playful, the brain is active and engaged. Reggio-Emilia is a city in Italy that embraces social-constructivist education. The approach is closely tied to educational theory and research. Our director Lucy Chaille has studied in Italy and is the National Representative for the North American Reggio Alliance, NAREA.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Lots of things to write, draw and paint with!
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Wonderful materials throughout the classrooms and studio spaces in the school.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Found materials that encourage discovery.
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Gardens, nature areas, and science centers.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Dance and drama.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Each classroom has a studio center stocked with materials and clay.
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Tricycles
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • A covered area.
Other subjects taught Ceramics, cooking, gardening, environmental science, theater, dance, puppetry, fieldtrips, and physical science.

From the Director:

Our curriculum is designed to engage children in inquiry. They see themselves as researchers, and are busy working and playing. The teachers pay close attention to their work, and together we develop new curriculum ideas. Projects both big and small emerge, grown and blossom. The parents and teacher support the students as they use the tools of learning to make big ideas come true. Letters, numbers, science skills, music etc all come together in purposeful ways. Thus learning is life, and life is learning!

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The CCC teachers are highly educated, dedicated, and reflective. They have an uncommon respect for the child as a citizen of the world. They listen and honor the right of the child to participate in the classroom and in the direction of their special community. Each student is guided forward, with respect for who they are, while being encouraged to be contributing members of the school.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

As a constructivist school, we believe that all children are gifted learners, who build knowledge by engaging in enriching experiences that socially support individual and community learning. Our multi-disciplinary approach encourages creative and critical thinking across all subject areas; while honoring each child's interests and unique abilities.

A Typical Day

9:00-Arrival and Greeting
Children, parent assistants, and teachers welcome the day.
9:20-Morning Gathering
Music, Stories, and Dance.
9:40-Discovery Time
Activities include: Literacy and math, sensory-science, pretend-dress up, construction, studio arts, cooking, and nature/garden studies.
10:30-Class Meeting
A time to review our day, sing songs, and hear stories.
10:45-Mini Meal
Students, teachers, and parent assistants gather together.
11:10-Reading Roundabout
11:20- Playground - Outdoor time
11:45-Daily Dismissal

Kindergarten-First Grade
Our older students have a full day of expanded academic enrichment including the arts and sciences . For more information please contact the school at-

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly newsletter, fall and spring conferences, parent gatherings, teacher notes and e-mails, documentation panels and parent education.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We work closely with the parents and the child to implement a supportive action plan. Separation is process of building trust in school and while bonding with the teacher.