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“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein

At Preschool of the Arts, cultivating children’s imaginations is an intrinsic part of our identity. We know that children are naturally creative and derive much pleasure from involvement in the arts. They learn a host of developmental skills and acquire tremendous self-esteem when given varied opportunities to create. In our programs we provide children with open-ended opportunities to create through a wide array of art media and quality materials. We celebrate children’s creativity by prominently and artfully displaying their work throughout the preschool building.

But is there really more to the seeming scribbles of marker on cardstock that your child proudly brings home from preschool? Is this truly artwork? Yes, and we have the documentation to prove it. At Preschool of the Arts, we believe that the artistic process is even more valuable than the final product, so we accompany each work with a transcription of the child’s thoughts about the piece. Using documentation as a tool for introspection, we encourage children to take time to reflect so that they can take ownership of their own thoughts, feelings and ideas.

And oh, the things they discover! Painting, clay work, and cutting & pasting develop incredible pre-academic skills like writing and calculating. Creative thinking and appreciation for the natural world fosters a love for science and math. While these skills are intertwined in daily learning, our art specialist takes these concepts one step further, exposing children to age appropriate lessons in art theory and appreciation, famous artists and artistic techniques.

At Preschool of the Arts we strongly believe that artistic expression is a constant process that begins with our youngest learners and explorers, and is deepened and refined as they form relationships and connections with their world. Each step is part of a larger story or narrative that defines the individual and collective members of our community. The unique custom-tailored, child-centered curriculum allows children to emerge as independent thinkers with the ability to stretch their minds.

The exceptional individualized care that we invest in every single child, from when they walk in the door as a toddler until the day they walk out as a capable and school-ready student, is truly one-of-a-kind. Step onto our beautiful state-of-the-art campus and you are no longer just a face in a crowd; you and your child are important individuals that make up the mosaic of our unique community.

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Our innovative programs and incredible staff are an open Naples secret, and our award-winning preschool has grown exponentially every year. Our classes have almost reached capacity enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year. With high demand and limited availability, we encourage prospective families to enroll today!

Get a taste of what makes Preschool of the Arts so popular at our unique Summer of the Arts experience! Our widely acclaimed program for children ages 18 months-8 years integrates various creative arts and educational themes in a safe, multi-sensory, and Jewish-spirited setting. This year our theme is “Animal Planet”, your child will discover the wild and wonderful world around us as we learn about animals who live on land, sea and high in the sky!

In three two-week sessions, children will have opportunities to experience music, art, culinary arts, dance, gardening, science, weekly entertainers, giant waterslides, weekly field trips for children 5 years and older and so much more! Our fun-filled Animal Planet camp experience is sure to captivate and engage your child in all things wild and wonderful! For more information or to register, please call (239) 263-2620 or visit our website at

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