Statement of Purpose
Ridge Kids Academy, Inc. (RKA) is an equal opportunity childcare center serving the community on a non-discriminatory basis. We are a year-round childcare center that offers care for students from 6-weeks through 12-years of age. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:00 am-6:00 pm. Ridge Kids Academy, Inc. is also equipped with an educational preschool program and an extended educational program for our school-age students. RKA provides quality care and education; We follow state standards and guidelines, both for our staff and our center as a whole. Ridge Kids Academy, Inc.
Ridge Kids Academy is a non-profit, state-licensed child development entity covered by liability insurance. RKA has met requirements to be a WVDHHR Tier I status program.
Philosophy of Education
The philosophy and goal of Ridge Kids Academy, Inc. is to assist our students as they grow into competent human beings, who are confident and equipped with a zest for life, and an appetite for all that life has to offer. We strive to create an environment where children will feel invited to think creatively, explore, ask questions, use their senses, form relationships, and explore autonomy. It's our hope that we will promote learning within the whole child, by doing so: elevating social, emotional, and cognitive development. We aim to provide a well-defined program that is both teacher-led and child-led with wonderful educational and fun experiences for all ages. After all, Ridge Kids Academy, Inc. believes with all our hearts, children learn through playing, doing, and seeing.
We aim to help each child find happiness and satisfaction in all of their accomplishments and aspire to recognize and respect the uniqueness and potential of all children. We wish to develop a relationship of mutual trust with each family that we serve. RKA knows that the open, daily exchange of communication between the parent/guardian and the staff can make all the difference for every child.
At Ridge Kids Academy, Inc. we use The Creative Curriculum and Learning Beyond Paper. The Creative Curriculum is a teacher-directed method with developmentally appropriate goals and objectives for our students. There are four main categories of interest; social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. Learning Beyond Paper has six domains of the curriculum; aesthetic, affective, cognition, physical, social, and language/communication. Through Learning Beyond Paper, classrooms have a hands-on STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics) activity each day. These activities help build critical thinkers. The Creative Curriculum and Learning Beyond Paper assists well-trained teachers in creating an environment for children that promotes active learning through play while encouraging children's language, cognitive learning, curiosity, persistence, creativity, problem-solving, and promotes independence. Teachers and children are active partners in the educational experience. Teachers work in partnership with parents and other family members to nurture children's education. Our educators provide information about the curriculum, discuss progress, and share ideas for extending classroom learning in the home.
For more information on The Creative Curriculum or Learning Beyond Paper, please visit their website: https://teachingstrategies.com/product/the-creative-curriculum-for-preschool/ or https://www.learningbeyondpaper.com/curriculum