Kindergarten Classes Begin Wednesday, August 17th

 

Preschool Classes Begin Tuesday, September 6th

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ArtWorks: Smart Start is an early arts education center for Preschool and Kindergarten students.

At Smart Start, we encourage children to play, explore, create, and discover through high-sensory art, music, creative movement, and play. We believe that ART WORKS for even our youngest learners.

Our goal is to cultivate children's creative potential and help them get off to a SMART START!

  • Smart Start 2022-2023 Open House Monday, August 8th at 6pm

  • Preschool students age 3-5 (must be potty-trained)

  • Preschool Classes meet Monday-Thursday from 8am-12pm.

  • Kindergarten Classes meet Monday-Friday from 8am-12pm

  • Drop-off begins at 7:45am

  • We follow the Russell County School System's calendar in regard to holidays, professional development days, etc.

  • $120 non-refundable registration and supply fee

  • 4-Day Preschool Tuition is $120 per week

  • 5-Day Kindergarten Tuition is $150 per week

  • Class size is capped at 20 students.

  • 2 lead teachers and 2-3 assistants in the classroom ensuring a 1 adult to 5 children ratio

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten students participate in activities together and there are also times when students are split into invitations that best fit each child's age and grasp of concepts. This allows all ages to learn and grow together while also allowing students to learn and thrive in their own time and at their own pace. 

  • Classes are taught by passionate and certified educators.

  • Smart Start is an arts-immersion program which is highly influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach to education. This means our students experience learning through play invitations, exploration, art,  and  an ever-changing environment that is not only visually pleasing, but serves as and additional mode of instruction. Our lead teachers and assistants engage students in meaningful conversation and play that allows for learning to happen relationally and progress organically. 

The Benefits of the Arts in Early Childhood

The arts develop motor skills, help children appreciate numeracy, and accelerate brain development. Arts education builds self-esteem and strengthens creative centers in the brain. Creative arts activities engage a child's imagination and can include activities such as art, dance, drama, and music. This helps children cultivate their abilities across virtually every domain. Arts activities foster flexibility of the mind and emphasize that the process by which we create is just as important as the end result. The arts celebrate daily growth in an atmosphere of joy and life!

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PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE 

Generous friends and community partners have made it possible for us to offer partial scholarships for Smart Start classes.

Click the link below to learn more!

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MEET OUR TEACHERS!

Ms. Marisa, Lead Teacher

Loves reading, gardening, singing, dancing, and theatre. Ms. Marisa is our Education Director and loves designing a program tailor-made for young artists and learners. She loves reading to our students and teaching them to read!

 

Ms. Jessalyn, Teaching Assistant

Loves her dogs, cooking, doing puzzles, and reading way too late at night. Ms. Jess is present each day in our classroom and is our number one helper! She makes sure everything is prepped and ready to go and is the smiling face that greets each student each morning. 

 

Ms. Leah, Lead Teacher

Loves sewing, crafting, story-telling, and using her imagination. Ms. Leach is our Visual Arts Program Director and loves coming up with creative ideas. She comes up with the best ideas for our imaginative play center! She loves creating with our students as seeing their uniqueness shine through in each piece.