What is Crayons?
Crayons was established in 1993 to provide high-quality early care and educational 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. Crayons programs include child care, preschool, and therapeutic services provided by a collaborative group of educators and clinicians.
To provide quality early childhood education care that is responsive to current best practices and principles in partnership with families, and contributes significantly to positive outcomes for each child.
The cornerstone of the Crayons program is our inclusive model. We believe that children of all abilities including but not limited to those with developmental delays and disabilities, English language learners, mental health diagnoses and behavioral challenges, 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 in 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, volunteers, mentors and registered nurses. Each member of our staff purses ongoing professional development. Our model allows for built-in consult services for any child that we feel may need them. Our staff is dedicated to 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. We work collaboratively with outside agencies such as Early Intervention, SUCCESS, Early Childhood Special Education Programs, and KidsConnect to support children’s success. Substitute staff is available, as needed, so staff can take time away from the classroom to attend necessary support meetings.
Crayons enhances appropriate play experiences that contribute to the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of each child. Crayons believes that every child belongs and every child can succeed in a program that can provide the necessary supports and modifications. We provide a meaningful curriculum aligned with Rhode Island Early Learning Developmental Standards (RIELDS) for all children which incorporates the individual needs and interests of children and encourages family involvement and input. Crayons has an open door policy that allows parents to come into the program at any time to visit with their child. We have ongoing opportunities for families to be involved in our Family Advocacy Committee, participating bi-annual teacher conferences, are welcomed to participate in their child’s classroom and all family events. Crayons is committed to quality improvement by using data gained from child assessment that informs teaching practices and learning. Our environment, materials, and activities support learning through play (Piaget, Vygotsky) and create a strong foundation for each child’s future academic pursuits.
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.
Crayons earns 5 Stars!
BrightStars is Rhode Island’s tiered quality rating and improvement system and is used to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care, education, and school-age settings. Through the star rating system (ranging from 1-5 stars), BrightStars helps early learning, education and school-age programs that care for children learn about best practices and apply them to the care children receive.
My daughter can’t wait to see her friends and teachers at Crayons each day! She’s having fun and learning so much.Parents of a Crayons student
Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to be "fully inclusive"?
Crayon’s nationally accredited program serves as a leader in providing developmentally appropriate, family centered programming for young children. We provide a meaningful curriculum for all children which incorporates the individual needs and interests of children.
How does Crayons support each child's individual development?
Our staff provides appropriate play experiences that 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.