Crayons Early Care & Education Center
Crayons was established in 1993 to provide high quality early care and education experiences within a safe, nurturing environment.
As one of only a few fully inclusive centers, our nationally accredited program serves as a leader in providing developmentally appropriate, family centered programming for young children and their families. Providing services to approximately 100 families annually, Crayons programs include child care, preschool, kindergarten and therapeutic services provided by a collaborative group of educators and clinicians.
Crayons enhances appropriate play experiences that contribute to the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of each child. We provide a meaningful curriculum for all children which incorporates the individual needs and interests of children and encourages family involvement and input. Our environment, materials and activities support learning through play and create a strong foundation for each child's future academic pursuits.
Crayons Early Care & Education Center Inc. has been established to provide young children and their families with a nurturing and stimulating environment. It is our hope to develop a partnership with families in providing appropriate play experiences that support, assess and respond to each child's individual development across eight learning domains: Approaches to Learning, Social–emotional Development, Language development and Communication, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Creativity and Physical Health and Development.
All children are unique individuals whose experiences, abilities and needs are valued and respected. Crayons endeavors to be responsive to each individual by providing a caring atmosphere and a curriculum that fosters trust, autonomy, initiative and creativity.
Accreditation & Licensing
Crayons is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC administers the largest and most widely recognized accreditation system for all types of early learning programs and is the nation's largest organization of early childhood educators. In achieving accreditation, our program has demonstrated the ability to meet national standards of quality that go well beyond state health and safety licensing requirements. The NAEYC Accreditation criteria address all aspects of an early childhood education program, including:
- Teacher qualifications and development
- Teacher-to-child ratios
- Teacher/child and teacher/family relationships
- Physical environment
- Health and safety
For more information about the standards and NAEYC Accreditation visit www.rightchoiceforkids.org
Crayons' unique team of professional staff includes a diverse group of individuals consisting of early childhood and special educators, teacher assistants, therapists, behavioral specialists, clinicians, integration specialists and a fulltime registered nurse.
Staff members have been carefully selected for their educational background, early childhood training, teaching experience and sensitivity to the individual needs of young children.
Crayons Infant caregivers endeavor to create partnerships with families and maintain ongoing, two-way communication. Families and
caregivers share information about each child's individual needs in order to ensure a smooth transition between home and the program.
Caregivers work in collaboration with families to create and implement daily schedules and routines which respond to each child's
Caregivers foster children's language development by providing opportunities to experience songs, games and books on a daily basis.
Classroom materials and equipment are carefully chosen to provide for children's safety while challenging and encouraging children's
exploration, experimentation and discovery.
Infants have opportunities to develop their fine motor skills as they use their hands and fingers to manipulate materials in a
variety of age appropriate ways. Infants have daily opportunities to practice emerging gross motor skills such as coordination,
movement, balance and perceptual-motor integration as they explore their indoor and outdoor environments.
Our toddler teachers provide children with an environment that is rich in variety, supports independent use and encourages
exploration, experimentation and discovery. Children develop positive self esteem and autonomy as they are encouraged to explore
their world and practice self help skills.
Toddlers are provided opportunities to use their senses to learn about their world and discover that they can make things
happen and solve simple puzzles. Toddlers are provided varied opportunities to participate in art, music, imaginative play and dance.
Crayons Preschool program is licensed by the Department of Children, Youth and Families as well as the Rhode Island Department
of Education and provides services to children aged 3-5 years. Our preschool programming offers both part time and full time
schedules within four distinct classrooms providing a comprehensive curriculum taught by qualified educators. Small group size
and child:educator ratios help insure that each student receives the educational support to prepare them for Kindergarten.
Preschoolers become self-directed learners as they participate in decision making about classroom rules, plans and activities.
They have opportunities to learn from each other as they work and play individually, in pairs and in small and large groups.
Teachers promote children's engagement and learning by guiding them in acquiring specific skills and by teaching those skills
through daily activities that foster social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive development.
Children develop language skills as they read books, reenact stories, participate in dramatic play and engage in conversations
and group discussions. Children have opportunities to become familiar with, recognize and use print throughout classroom activities.
They develop phonological awareness as they experience language through books, songs, poems, games and other classroom activities.
Children are provided varied opportunities and materials that encourage them to use their five senses to observe, explore and
experiment with scientific phenomena.
The cornerstone of the Crayons program is our inclusive model. We believe that children of all abilities should have the
opportunity to participate within a quality, community-based early care and education program regardless of their strengths,
needs and/or challenges. As such, Crayons is dedicated to providing or accessing the appropriate services required to allow
all children to be successful within the program.
Our unique team of professionals includes a diverse group of individuals consisting of early childhood and special educators,
teacher assistants, therapists, clinicians, integration specialists and registered nurses. Our model allows for built in consult
services for any child that we feel may need them. Our staff is dedicated in assisting families in accessing appropriate services
for their child as needed. These services may include mental health or behavioral supports, special education, speech, occupational
or physical therapy or skilled nursing services. Additional clinical supports are also available for children who may require them.
Crayons is a certified provider of KIDSCONNECT, or therapeutic child care under the Rhode Island Department of Human Services.
This service is for children and youth with special health care needs and allows students additional clinical and therapeutic supports
within child and youth care settings. To learn more about the program and whether or not your child is eligible for these services,
parents can visit the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health & Human Services website.
We invite you to explore our website for a more in-depth look at our comprehensive
service delivery model. Please feel free to with any questions or to schedule
a tour of our facility located at 3445 Post Road in Warwick, RI.