We are an award-winning childcare provider located in the Cleveland area of Northeast Ohio.
Serving families for more than 50 years, Creative Playrooms emphasizes quality at every level of operation. We are recognized as one of the best childcare providers in northeast Ohio. Always in full compliance with the federal, state, and local regulations, we have consistently received the highest ratings by all licensing, monitoring, and evaluating agencies.
Teachers frequently recommend our childcare center, knowing that its graduates are well-prepared and consistently perform at higher levels than children who have not received the same quality preschool experience.
Creative Playrooms has been recognized for several awards:
A History of Caring
Creative Playrooms was established in 1968 when Joan Wenk sought childcare for her three young children. Her choices were limited and she came away from her search disheartened by the lack of affordable quality care.
With steely determination, Joan Wenk applied for a small business loan and found a promising site on Broadway in Maple Heights. Together with her life-long friend, Shirley Jeric, they opened Maple Heights Creative Playrooms on April 1, 1968 with five children in attendance.
After 50 years, Creative Playrooms has grown to have schools in Solon, Westlake, Strongsville, Parma, and Independence in addition to the original Maple Heights location.
Creative Playrooms believes that children carry the full potential of the person they will become. We are continually pioneering and innovating. More than just a day care, we are staffed by a team of professionals with decades of early learning experience who believe in unleashing children’s innate curiosity by weaving learning into every activity throughout the day. Below are some examples of how we integrate themes into each of our programs.
InfantThemes: Cold, Snow, Bubbles
Sensory: Mirror Play, Pudding Fun, Puppets, Hard/Soft, Fuzzy
Gross Motor: Kick the Ball, Crawling, Stacking Blocks, Bowling, Rolling the Ball
Fine Motor: Puzzles, Cheerio Pick-Up, Color the Circle, Tissue Toss
Audio/Visual: Beat the Drum, Body Awareness, Clapping, Animal Sounds
Sr. Toddlers/PreschoolThemes: Snowflakes /Icicles, Wheeling About, Once Upon a Time
Art: Wheel Painting, Snow Drip, Castle in the Sky,
Science: Melting Snow, Water Colors, Snowflake Patterns
Cooking: Graham Cracker Cars, Stop Light, What is a Snowflake?
Language Arts: Letter Review, Counting, Matching the Mittens
Practical Life: Mechanic, Princesses, Snowplower, Set the Table
Manipulatives: Connectors,BuildingTowers,Lincoln Logs
Pre-KThemes: Brr! It’s Cold, In a People House, At the Zoo, Big Top, Special Day Celebrations
Language Arts: Letters P, Q. R, & S, Number Practice, Beginning Rhyming
Science: Animal Cookies, Popcorn Balls, Melting Snow, Sink & Float
Music/Movement: Yoga, Winter Pokey, Frosty Celebration
Art: At the Big Top, Animal Dotter, My Family, Snow Paint, Snowman
Before & After School Social CornerThemes: Alice in Wonderland – Disney
Backyard Science: Snow Melt, Magic Stones, Rabbit Hole Hunt, Lunar Celebration
Cooking: Tea Test, Un-Birthday Cakes
Games Galore: Card Houses, Through the Looking Glass, Un-Birthday Party Games
Art: Cat Print Painting, Clay Tea Cups, Party Hats, Tye-Dye Paint
We believe that the best way to facilitate children growing and learning is by letting them explore and interact with the world around them.
We create a stimulating atmosphere and incorporate meaningful activities throughout the day, such as:
• Language Development (reading, looking at books)
• Fine Motor (drawing, painting, cutting, and pasting)
• Gross Motor (dancing, marching, moving)
• Social Interaction
We give each child plenty of opportunity to try new things to learn more about how the world works.
Best in Ohio
Creative Playrooms is a part of Early Learning Academies, an established network of expanding child care centers located throughout the United States. Early Learning Academies serves children nationwide.