Art-Based Learning - About Me - Elmwood Park, NJ
Art-Based Learning - Unique Child Care Option - NJ State Certified Since 2008
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W e l c o m e !

My name is Sonja. I came from my native country, Croatia, to NY in January, 2000. Before coming to the U.S., I was an Artist, Art and Design Teacher, and Art & Book Shop Owner. After leading a dynamic life in Croatia, suddenly I was a Stay-At-Home-Mom.

I instantly fell in love with children's passion and natural creativity and new horizons opened in front of me. I finished a Child Day Care Manager Course while helping in my daughter's Day Care. During that time, my second daughter was born. 
I started studying Early Childhood Education. Now I was also taking care of the preschool children in the morning and tutoring school - age kids in the afternoon. I enjoyed being a teacher again.

At that time, the idea was already there, but the conditions were not. When we moved from NY to NJ in July 2008, Early Arts Family Child Care Home was finally born.

To learn more, contact us today!

'Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water. Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning how to learn.'

Loris Malaguzzi, Italian early education specialist, founder of the Reggio Emilia Schools, Italy


After moving to New Jersey I became a Registered Family Child Care Provider, First Aid and CPR certified. Also, I have  finished my studying for the Early Childhood Education College Degree. My home is now a State Certified Family Child Care Home that is also meeting Federal Nutritional Requirements
Family child care providers are self-employed individuals who care for children in the home of the caregiver. Licensing is not required for family child care providers in NJ. However, the state has developed a VOLUNTARY registration program for family child care providers who have chosen to meet state requirements for home safety and program quality.

By selecting a registered provider, you will be assured that the home has been inspected and the provider has been screened and has attended a training program.

Registration, however, is not a guarantee of quality. As a parent, you play an essential role in choosing and monitoring the care your child receives. That is why I believe in an "open door" policy for parents. Parents are welcome to visit at any time. Spend some time observing as well as participating in our activities.

Creativity matters!