Creative Connections Play School
A ministry of Hopewell Presbyterian Church
We facilitate creative thinking and value personal interests in our supportive, enriching environment where children are encouraged to
grow to their full potential.
Creative Connections Play School is a non-profit program for children ages 3-5. We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Reggio inspired activities are about exploration and discovery; exploring with our senses, asking questions, testing hypotheses, making plans and thinking deeply. CCPS offers a preschool program which provides optimum learning conditions to allow children to make their ideas happen.
At CCPS, we understand that children learn through play and express themselves through many "languages". These "languages" or modes of expression include words, movement, drawing, painting, sculpture, shadow play, collage and music. The children at Creative Connections are immersed in these many “languages” through hands-on activities.
Our dynamic teachers plan through documentation, collaboration and conversation with our students to foster self-expression while affirming the competencies in each child. Children interact with peers, parents, teachers and our community while engaging in experiences designed to optimize their ability to construct understandings. We seek to nourish each child's potential which allows for a life-long love of learning and helps children grow their God given gifts and talents.
Liz Blankstein, CCPS Director and Teacher. Liz is a certified teacher K-12 and she majored in history at Colgate University. She has worked in schools in both Princeton and Hopewell. She taught nursery school for two years before coming to CCPS, and she is thrilled to teach at Creative Connections using the Reggio approach. During the summer, Liz works as a camp counselor. Liz enjoys being creative with a variety of art materials, singing, volunteering at her church and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Aratchaphorn Kabathong, Assistant Teacher. Aratchaphorn, who goes by the nickname "Pete" grew up in her native Thailand and came to the United States with her mother and sister when she was 13. Pete graduated from high school in North Carolina. Pete came to NJ to help her grandfather and she liked the area so much, she decided to stay and is currently attending Mercer County Community College. Pete brings a love of young children and her calm and patient nature to CCPS and she enjoys studying math and sharing her artistic side.
Each CCPS teacher is certified in First Aid and CPR.