About Our Programs

  • Little Ropers Child Enrichment Center

    “We welcome you to come and grow with us” 

    Thank you for your interest in our program. We are a child development facility providing quality care for children age’s birth through 5 years of age located inside Sinagua Middle School. We are a play based school with a Reggio Emilia inspired environment. We have highly qualified staff in a small group setting. Additionally, we are a lab for the Flagstaff Unified School District child development program and have a strong level of supervised participation from middle and high school students, as well as NAU and CCC students.

    We are a licensed child care center, A Quality First Program and Accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. We accept DES, Navajo Nation, and offer United Way scholarships based on availability.

    We are open Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:30pm and we follow the school district closure calendar and are therefore closed when the schools are, including snow days and spring and winter break. However, we do provide an optional summer program.

    August - May  Fall/Spring Session: Our full time rates are available in the tuition section for infants’ age 6wks-5yr . All families enrolling pay a $150 annual registration fee as well as a 1 week deposit which will be applied toward your child’s last week of attendance.

    June -July Summer Session We offer care throughout the summer as well for infants age 6weeks - 8years old. We offer part time for summer and part time care.

    Enrollment for our Summer and Fall/Spring Session: are separate and you must register every session, you are not guaranteed a spot with out registering. We currently do not have any openings, but we welcome you to put your name on our waiting list so we can conta.

    We have an open door policy once enrolled and you are welcome to visit by appointment for an initial tour, though we do ask that you do not come during nap from 12-3pm. If you would like to sit down to meet or you would like a tour, please call ahead to schedule a time to do so. I look forward to meeting you in person, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

    Our complete Statement of Services, calendar of events, and registration forms are available online at this site. Please call us at 928-527-5526 with any questions.

    Mission Statement

    Little Ropers Child Enrichment Center strives to provide children with daily experiences that will expand knowledge, arouse curiosity, foster creativity, enhance social skills and nurture self-worth.  We respect a child’s need to develop and grow in their own special and distinctive way and encourage them to respect the freedoms and differences of those around them.

    Little Ropers Philosophy

    At Little Ropers we base our teaching beliefs on the theory that play is fundamental to learning.  Research has shown that your child can attain “kindergarten readiness” through play and hands-on experimentation. We promote a culture of strong family involvement, as you are your child’s primary teacher. We have developed a Reggio Emilia-inspired environment and our curriculum is child directed. We are working to adapt our program to the Reggio Emilia philosophy.  There is an emphasis on the teacher as a co-learner and the classroom as a third teacher. Reggio Emilia is best explained in the information below shared by The Alliance for Reggio Emilia.

    Reggio Emilia Educational Philosophy

    The early childhood program of Reggio Emilia, Italy, is world-renowned for its innovative approach to education.  The Reggio Emilia approach is based on a comprehensive philosophy encompassing:

    • A respectful image of each child having the potential to be competent and capable
    • The role of the teacher as a co-researcher and co-constructor in the learning process
    • The child’s role in constructing knowledge through exploration and relationships
    • The importance of the school environment as a source of well-being and an educational force
    • The use of a wide range of media and materials to foster self-expression, learning and communication (the “hundred languages”)
    • The inter-relationship and reciprocal influences of children, parents and teachers
    • The value of collaboration among all participants in an educational system

    “As a child, I draped plaid blankets between the sofa and chair, and when the sunlight streamed in my shadowy forts became castles with stained glass windowpanes.  I lashed birch logs together to make walls for forest forts and turned tree stumps into tables and chairs.  My forts were a lot of work, but childhood was time of industriousness, of projects.  It was a time of secret chemistry experiments in the attic, of carefully fashioned yarn dolls, of elaborate dams along the Eighteen Mile Creek.

    When I moved into my present house several years ago I saw that there was a swamp across the street.  I couldn’t wait to see the children pulling their homemade rafts through the tall weeds, searching for muskrats, and jellied strings of frog eggs to incubate in the bathtub and for their own magical Terabithia. But the neighborhood children aren’t there.

    I wonder if they are sitting glassy eyed in front of the VCR, the television, the Nintendo game.  I wonder if they are being driven from soccer to computer camp, from gymnastics to aerobics, or if they are drifting around the shopping mall.”  James Howe, author of Bunnicula, recently said, “My greatest worry for children today is that they are losing their capacity to play, to create a city out of blocks, to find a world in a backyard, to dream an adventure on a rainy afternoon.  My greatest fear for today is that they are losing the capacity to play.”

    Living Between the Lines

    Lucy Calkins, Early Childhood Author