Every Interaction an Opportunity to Learn

Children thrive and develop in different ways so it is our goal to cultivate a stimulating environment that expands their innate abilities through various learning areas. Our educators encourage children with a "learning is fun" philosophy through play and positive reinforcement and build upon the skills they acquire at various ages and stages of their development. Each classroom is designed with learning centers to offer children the ability to engage in teacher-led activities, child-led interests and individual play.

Why we Chose The Creative Curriculum

Grays Ferry Early Learning Academy offers an outstanding curriculum. We are proud to be incorporating the popular research based The Creative Curriculum throughout our center.

The Creative Curriculum is aligned with the Pennsylvania early learning standards. What this means is that in every classroom, the children are learning what their age group is expected to know at their age and a whole lot more, as we have very high expectations for our students and educators.

You will see the weekly lesson plan posted in each classroom, starting with the todder's room.

The Creative Curriculum

This is a researched based hands-on learning approach that utilizes children’s natural curiosity to question the world around them. You will find no preset lesson plans but instead lesson plans that are carefully planned by the children’s interest.

Each classroom has interest areas such as block area, art area, dramatic play, sand and water,  and library. These areas have materials that are age appropriate for the children and scaffold their learning abilities. Children’s work is not differentiated from play. Daily activities include dramatic play, creative art experiences, manipulation and classification of materials, large and small muscle exercise, and verbal interaction with both adults and peers to promote language development.

Children are given choice time to pick their area of interest as well as meet in small groups with teacher to process a particular objective of learning. One of the goals of The Creative Curriculum is to teach children to be creative, confident thinkers and that is the goal of Grays Ferry Early Learning Academy.

The Creative Curriculum Framework


A comprehensive framework that supports lifetime benefits for families and children.

  • Foundational approach to how children learn and develop.
  • Educators apply intentional teaching practices by planning developmentally appropriate activities.
  • Supporting and extending children’s learning.
  • Providing materials that reflect children’s interests and home culture.
  • Actively engaging children through direct experiences in pursuit of shared learning goals