Teachers with Flair & Understanding
Teachers with Flair & Understanding
Teachers with Flair & Understanding
Teachers with Flair & Understanding

Early Years Program

CRIA is proud to offer a specifically designed Early Years Program that utilizes the best researched-based practices.  The program is guided by internationally recognized organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is in line with recognized standards of both international and American schools worldwide.

Beginning in August 2014, the Early Years Program at CRIA will support children in four developmentally appropriate groups.

2 years old by September 15, 2014

3 years old by September 15, 2014

4 years old by September 15, 2014

5 years old by September 15, 2014

The Early Years Program will utilize The Creative Curriculum ®, a comprehensive early childhood educational system that has been shown to promote cognitive, physical, social/emotional, and language development of children.

Young children learn best through direct sensory encounters with the world, rather than through abstract and formal academic procedures. The program is supported by qualified, committed adults who guide young children in their acquisition of knowledge and their development of content, skills and attitudes.


Toddler and Nursery

Through years of experience, we know that play is a powerful tool for learning. Experiences with sand, water, building blocks, dramatic play, table toys, art materials, music, outdoor play, and games are integral to a child’s development. Play activities encourage exploration and experimentation, spark curiosity and imagination, and build children’s abilities to solve problems. In addition, play also provides children with opportunities to experiment with language and work cooperatively with others. Children enter school at various stages of social, emotional, physical and academic development. Because of our holistic educational approach, our teachers strive to meet each child’s individual needs and learning styles within those four domains. Our teachers build safe and happy environments where the students have time for individual play and begin to work cooperatively in small groups to learn to listen to and respect others. The Toddler and Nursery programs have differentiated outcomes based on the Creative Curriculum.  The teachers structure activities and experiences based not only on developmentally readiness but also on student interests.  Our ultimate goal is to create enthusiastic, lifelong learners.

In Toddler and Nursery, our children are immersed in a bilingual environment where all three teachers give instruction and feedback in both English and Spanish.



The Pre-K child’s world is rapidly expanding. While the children are very much focused on themselves and their families, they also are excited to learn about the world around them. Children at this age are developing both their independence and sociability. Children in Pre-K have a lot of energy and curiosity and our Pre-K classroom offer innovative and hands on experiences to support their enthusiasm for learning. Play continues to be the vehicle through which children learn in Pre-K. Language, emergent literacy, math, collaboration, and cooperation continue to help the children build the strong foundational skills to succeed in school and life.

Students enjoy specialist classes in art, Spanish, physical education, and library.



The Kindergarten/Prepa child learns new concepts through experimentation and discovery. Children solve problems and make predictions by observing objects and people in the world around them and by making connections to what they already know. Children at this age are able to think in more complex ways.

The Kindergarten and Preparatory curricula are both thematic and interdisciplinary. We incorporate social studies, art, mathematics, and science into all aspects of the curriculum. We study thematic units based on the interests of the children in the classroom. Units might include “all about me,” the family, author studies, bugs, and other topics in science and/or mathematics. Themes emerge from the children’s ideas and interests, and our teacher and classroom support these interests.

Students enjoy specialist classes in art, Spanish, physical education, and library.