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Arts Playschool gives parents, schools and counselors instant access to the world's best social and emotional learning platform for kids. Created and developed by the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, and backed by over 80+ years of combined psychology and education experience and research.


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).

Connecting & Learning through the Arts

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.

Fun & Easy Activities for the Whole Family

Arts Playschool is supported by the Center for Creative Arts Therapy in Chicago, a perfect collaboration of artists, clinicians and educators. Through rich and varied experiences with the arts in combination with a sound social emotional education, children grow in both self-esteem, cultural connection 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 arts. Lots of fun, lots of love, and lots of good arts experiences that nurture creative thinking, decision making, imagination, and art appreciation.

Social Emotional 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."

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




Arts Playschool curriculum encourages your child to gain an understanding of emotions and social skills through self-exploration and interactive learning.
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Creative Movement

  • Gross motor skills

  • How to channel energy

  • Creativity and imagination

  • Communicating ideas and feelings

  • Sensory and body awareness

Girl Drawing

Visual Arts

  • How to organize ideas

  • Fine motor skills

  • How to express personal feelings

  • Concentration and self-discipline

  • Problem-solving techniques

  • A sense of accomplishment

Music Class


  • Listening skills and vocabulary

  • Counting

  • Memorization

  • Cooperation and social skills

  • Repetitive patterns enhancing math and reading skills

  • Fine and gross motor skills

  • Self-expression

Father and Children

Dramatic Play

  • How to communicate thoughts and feelings

  • Symbolism through props and objects

  • Abstract thinking

  • Social skills

  • High order thinking skills

  • Problem solving



Here are just a few amazing ways our mindfulness-based curriculum will help to improve your child's behavior and emotional well-being. It's also a great way to destress as their parent.

Lowers Anxiety & Stress

Increases Positive Moods

Better Decision Making

Strengthens Self-Control

Improves Emotional Regulation Skills

Increases Self-Esteem

Improves Health and Body Image

Improves Social Skills & Communication

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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. 

Azizi Marshall, Founder & CEO