Our Curriculum


Arts Playschool is supported by the Center for Creative Arts Therapy in Downers Grove, a perfect collaboration of artists, clinicians and educators. Through rich and varied experiences with the arts in combination with a sound preschool education, children grow in both self-esteem and intellectual ability. The Arts Playschool curriculum allows students the opportunity to work with professional artists, actors, dancers, and musicians; create performances; and explore in the art studio. Lots of fun, lots of love, and lots of good arts experiences that nurture creative thinking, decision making, imagination, and art appreciation.


The Arts Playschool Curriculum was specifically designed for your child. It emphasizes the importance of activating the WHOLE BODY to create new understanding of the traditional learning concepts. This creative approach to learning is research-based and proven to enhance the OVERALL DEVELOPMENT of the child (physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally).


Our curriculum is implemented to meet the goals of the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and the Social Emotional Learning competencies through weekly art, music, drama, and creative movement lessons. All of the skills and knowledge needed for your child's educational milestones will be developed in a more creative and immersive manner. During creative activity, the whole brain is activated, therefore increasing cognitive learning and communication.


For more information about this program, contact us here.

Why the Arts?


You child is encouraged to learn through self-exploration and interactive learning.  Here are a few skills children will develop through each art discipline:


  • Gross motor skills

  • How to channel energy

  • Creativity and imagination

  • Communicating ideas and feelings

  • Sensory and body awareness



  • Listening skills and vocabulary

  • Counting

  • Memorization

  • Cooperation and social skills

  • Repetitive patterns enhancing math and reading skills

  • Fine and gross motor skills

  • Self-expression


  • How to organize ideas

  • Fine motor skills

  • How to express personal feelings

  • Concentration and self-discipline

  • Problem-solving techniques

  • A sense of accomplishment



  • How to communicate thoughts and feelings

  • Symbolism through props and objects

  • Abstract thinking

  • Social skills

  • High order thinking skills

  • Problem solving



5 min - Goal Sharing through Improv Games

15 min - Music & Movement Circle Time

15 min - Group Art & Emotional Discovery

15 min - Story & Drama Circle Community Time

5 min - Independent Work

5 min - Closing Activities

The Daily Experience


Arts Playschool is for all children who are eager to dive right into learning! This is an exploratory program, where ‘living by learning’ is key. Social development and basic knowledge are enhanced as these students become responsible and independent.


The introduction of letters and numbers, as well as other fundamental ideas, is the focal point of this program. The intention of this experience is to guide your child to become accustomed to an established learning environment, and instill a genuine interest in learning.


"Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

For a growing number of schools and districts, SEL has become a coordinating framework for how educators, families, and communities partner to promote students’ social, emotional, and academic learning.

SEL is embedded in their strategic plans, staffing, professional learning, and budgets. It guides their curriculum choices and classroom instruction — both direct practice in SEL as well as integrated instruction with reading, math, history, and other core subjects."

- - Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Here is how we incorporate SEL into your child's experience.

 Azizi Marshall  
Founder’s Notes 


We teach to the child that learns by moving, exploring and creating."


Arts PlaySchool brings together children's creative mind/body connection with the arts. While focusing on a curriculum-based structure, our teachers and staff members incorporate the arts into children's learning while supporting their Social Emotional Learning.


Your child can experience an art-integrated program that teaches the traditional preschool standards through art, music, movement, and drama. Our goal is to inspire creative, lifelong learners within a nurturing environment. 

We’d love to hear from you!

4336 Saratoga Ave., 2nd FL | Downers Grove, IL | 60515

Email: info@c4creativeartstherapy.com

Tel: 847-477-8244



Monday-Thursday 8:00am-6:00pm


© 2017-2019 Center for Creative Arts Therapy & Arts Playschool



4336 Saratoga Ave., 2nd FL

Downers Grove, IL 60515


Tel: 847.477.8244