The Music Settlement, Center for Early Childhood was founded in 1955 with the idea of providing a quality preschool experience with a commitment to the Arts. Children involved in our program participate in regularly scheduled Dalcroze classes, which introduce children to musical concepts and theory through a variety of movement activities. Pre-Kindergarten students are also involved in a six week Orff experience which encourages music composition and provides ensemble experience through the playing of pitched and unpitched percussive instruments. Both classes are taught by a music educator. Drama is another creative component that Pre-K, K, and Day School classes experience. Children participate in weekly drama classes, where they have an opportunity to discover their creative potential using elements of storytelling and movement. In class they explore self-expression through familiar tales and original works. Another unique feature of our school is the Science program. In addition to the science experiences, which occur daily in each classroom, children are provided the opportunity to explore science concepts in a dedicated Science Room (Discovery Room) guided by a science teacher. Another unique resource to our program is our Library. Classes regularly visit our Library to participate in stories, songs and poems with our storyteller. Our Center for Early Childhood is enhanced by our accessibility to the University Circle community and by the strong involvement of our parents.
Each child is an individual and, depending on your child’s and your family’s needs, we address each transition individually. If your child needs you to stay, then please stay. You may then slowly withdraw to the doorway, the hallway, down the hallway, etc. We feel it is very important and fundamental that you and your child feel comfortable and secure in making the transition from home to school.
The Music Settlement staff recognizes that the parent/guardian is the child's most important caregiver. The parent/teacher relationship should be that of a cooperative partnership working for the fullest benefit of the child. Parents are encouraged to be active in their child's experience through visitations, social functions, daily communication, classroom participation, parent functions at night, and participation in The Music Settlement Parent Committee. The Parent Committee has meetings on developmental topics, supporting our community and opportunities to volunteer your time and talents for the betterment of The Music Settlement Early Childhood programs. Parents are welcome to visit the school at any time your child is in attendance. We believe our parent’s involvement to be one of the strengths of our school and welcome you to join us.
At the beginning of the year there is a one-time Activity Fee assessed by the Parent Committee. This fee varies according to the child’s program. The activity fee pays for:
YES, for all Early Children programs (Preschool/Day School/Kindergarten Explorers), children are required to have toilet mastery. This includes dressing and undressing as well as all aspects toileting. We believe that successful mastery of this self care skill allows children to be more able to connect with the group.
Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a voluntary rating system for early care and education centers in Ohio. SUTQ was created by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services - Bureau of Child Care and Development to improve the quality of child care in Ohio. Participating centers earn a one to five-star rating by meeting an extensive list of quality benchmarks that exceed licensing standards. Experts say these benchmarks improve the growth and development potential of children. These benchmarks include low child-to-staff ratios, group size, accreditation, staff education, specialized training, improved workplace characteristics and early learning standards. SUTQ assists parents in making more informed choices on behalf of their children in center-based programs licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Visit www.stepuptoquality.org
Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK), unique to Cuyahoga County, was initiated in 2007, and makes high quality early care and education more affordable for families. All UPK sites licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) must be enrolled in Step Up To Quality and meet a series of standards, proven through vast research to be the hallmarks of quality that result in improved school readiness. These standards include teacher qualifications, formal assessment, lower staff to child ratios, use of approved curricula, engagement of families, and family linkages to necessary supportive services.
PRE4CLE, PRE4CLE is Cleveland’s plan to expand access to high-quality preschool in community-based and school-based Pre- Kindergarten programs for Cleveland families who are seeking an excellent preschool experience for their children. PRE4CLE’s success will fulfill a key goal of the Cleveland Plan, a plan to ensure that every child in Cleveland attends a high-quality school and that every neighborhood has a multitude of great schools from which families can choose. PRE4CLE embraces the vision that every child in Cleveland will enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school. Visit http://pre4cle.org
Kindergarten is an option for children turning 5 years old by September 30 or those tested for early enrollment by their home school district. After completing TMS Kindergarten, students may enroll in first grade or kindergarten in their home districts or the school of their choice. Kindergarten is held mid-August through late May/early June, five days/week, 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aftercare will be exclusive to Kindergarten students, Monday through Friday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration for Aftercare will take place in the Spring. The cost for Aftercare is $500 for each day enrolled for the year and parents have flexibility to sign up for select days, or all aftercare days.
Arts for the Young offerings are geared toward children ages 3 weeks -- 8 years old. For our preschool and full-day school programs, children must be between 3-5 years old and potty trained.
To provide a warm and nurturing environment that encourages natural curiosity, collaboration, exploration and discovery while fostering a joy of learning.
A typical day is made up of the following components although each classroom's routines vary due to the times they are scheduled for specials such as music, drama, library, Chinese and science.
Group Times: A minimum of two a day. One is early to gather to say hello and to discuss the day's activities, calendar and weather. The other opportunities throughout the day to gather to read a story, sing songs or do finger plays.
Free Choice Time: A large part of the day is devoted to children choosing various learning centers to engage in play. These include areas such as language, writing, dramatic play, manipulatives, blocks, science and art. Small group, teacher directed activities are also offered at this time.
Snack: Juice and a basic snack are generally served except on special days such as birthdays or holidays.
Large Muscle Activity: Children go outside on the playground daily, weather permitting. The Large Muscle Room may be used on inclement days.
Our teaching staff meets educational standards as established by the Ohio Department of Human Services and aligned to accreditation guidelines of Step Up to Quality and Universal Pre-Kindergarten, with a majority of staff holding a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Education or related fields. As per state licensing requirements, our staff is also trained in First Aid, CPR, Child Abuse Recognition, and Communicable Disease Prevention. Staff annually attends in-service training and workshops, observe other early childhood programs, and access our professional library. Staff turnover is very low; the average tenure of our dedicated staff is 8 years.
Staff turnover is very low. Average tenure of our dedicated staff is 8 years.
The Center for Early Childhood's philosophy regarding discipline is one of guidance. A part of the early childhood school experience is to help children understand what behaviors and activities are appropriate and acceptable. This is done by communicating feelings, problem solving and encouraging cooperation. Redirection to another activity for a short time or a one on one activity with a teacher may be used when a child experiences difficulty during play. Teachers and parents work together to resolve most problems. If more attention is needed, we are fortunate to have support from a consulting psychologist. We have trained in Conscious Discipline as a guidance style in the classrooms.
The Center for Early Childhood is proud of the diverse backgrounds of the children participating in our school programs. It is in keeping with our educational goals to expose the children to this diversity through discussion, dance, music, stories, cooking, art, etc. We also invite and encourage parent participation.
No, we do not accept vouchers, though we do offer financial aid to those who qualify.
No, we cannot make exceptions; children must be between 3-5 years of age to attend our preschool or day school.