About Us

About Preschool of the Arts Charleston

Preschool of the Arts Charleston is located within the Charleston Center for Jewish Life and is one of just a few Reggio Emilia preschools in the greater Charleston region.

We maintain a safe, healthy, nurturing, and engaging environment for children, where all social, emotional, and cognitive developmental needs are addressed. Opportunities are provided for children to take responsibility, make decisions, and learn through play in mixed-aged classrooms.

We help children discover the interrelationships of things and ideas by focusing on the relationship of the fine arts to nature, science, math, music, and communal interaction. We encourage children to ponder, investigate, and create as a way to make meaning of the world around them.

We work collaboratively with parents, and serve as a resource for support and education, engaging your children and nourishing their hearts and minds.

Our teachers act as guides, resources, problem posers, and partners in learning.

We welcome families of all backgrounds. Our children learn the traditions and moral values of Judaism as part of their education. These lessons are woven naturally through all of our activities and become a meaningful and treasured part of each child’s personal experience.

Learn more about us by exploring the resources on this site, and contact us to schedule a visit. We’d love to show you how we are making a positive impact on the learning and growth of preschool aged children.

A Message From Our Director

Rachel Lessard, Executive Director of Preschool of the Arts Charleston

“My experience has taught me that all children have an intrinsic desire to explore. Children are capable and competent learners. They thrive when given the tools and support to explore and discover as they learn.”

Rachel Lessard, Executive Director

Fine Arts Curriculum

Fine Arts Curriculum:

The cornerstone of our school is our arts program. Children are exposed to an array of art media, including acrylic, watercolor, and finger painting, crayons, chalks, markers, and pastels.

Nature Curriculum:

With technological progress, our society spends considerably less time outdoors. Our nature curriculum brings the awe and wonder of the outdoors right to our children.

Organic Garden Curriculum

Organic Garden:

The observation of how nature nurtures us is year-round at Preschool of the Arts. Enmeshed in our nature curriculum, our organic gardens provide an extension of natural learning.

Judaic Curriculum:

Woven throughout our daily routines and various disciplines, our children learn the traditions, customs, and moral values of Judaism.

Nature Curriculum:

With technological progress, our society spends considerably less time outdoors. Our nature curriculum brings the awe and wonder of the outdoors right to our children.

Fine Arts Curriculum

Fine Arts Curriculum:

The cornerstone of our school is our arts program. Children are exposed to an array of art media, including acrylic, watercolor, and finger painting, crayons, chalks, markers, and pastels.

Organic Garden Curriculum

Organic Garden:

The observation of how nature nurtures us is year-round at Preschool of the Arts. Enmeshed in our nature curriculum, our organic gardens provide an extension of natural learning.

Judaic Curriculum:

Judaic Curriculum:

Woven throughout our daily routines and various disciplines, our children learn the traditions, customs, and moral values of Judaism.

Woven throughout our daily routines and various disciplines, our children learn the traditions, customs, and moral values of Judaism.

Our children excitedly anticipate holidays such as Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, and Passover, and understand how to meaningfully and joyfully participate in each holiday. We encourage parent interaction in holiday celebrations. We carefully select teachers who model and nurture the Jewish values of kindness, friendship, empathy, and respect for the environment.

Woven throughout our daily routines and various disciplines, our children learn the traditions, customs, and moral values of Judaism.

Our children excitedly anticipate holidays such as Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, and Passover, and understand how to meaningfully and joyfully participate in each holiday. We encourage parent interaction in holiday celebrations. We carefully select teachers who model and nurture the Jewish values of kindness, friendship, empathy, and respect for the environment.

477 Mathis Ferry Road • Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 • 843-884-2323