Rock Creek Academy
The Private Education Advantage for Your Young Child
Cooper City, Florida
It is the mission of Rock Creek Academy to provide a fun and safe environment for a child to grow and develop with close attention to their age and stage of development.
Founded in 1984, Rock Creek Academy is free-standing, nestled on 2 acres of private property located in Cooper City, Florida.
Rock Creek Academy staff encourage the development of socialization skills, independence, and a positive self-image. Our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment that our children and families feel welcome and comfortable to learn in. We also strive to support children's desire to be lifelong learners.
We’re extremely proud of our students and staff, who are always eager to learn, create and grow together. Give us a call if you need more information.
To ensure a warm, loving, caring atmosphere for our children, Rock Creek Academy selects staff with outstanding credentials and teaching talent. All teachers and assistants are certified, hold degrees in education, or have professional experience in early childhood care. Staff are fully trained in emergency First-Aid and CPR procedures, as well as participate in pre-service and in-service trainings each year. Rock Creek Academy requires all staff to be fingerprinted and pass stringent background checks by local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Through the use of stimulating visual, motor and auditory materials, our staff help children discover the joys of learning. This early, positive experience is a lifelong asset for your child. Our planned educational program includes a variety of challenging experience in reading readiness, math, literacy, language arts, science, music and social awareness.
Infants and Toddlers
Our infant and toddler center, opened in 1991, is uniquely designed with spacious, brightly decorated rooms. It is the ideal environment for helping infants and toddlers develop gross motor skills and to receive quality, loving care from our staff.
Voluntary Pre-K (VPK)
VPK is a state-funded program that entitles each child 540 instructional hours during the school year. It is offered to all children that are 4 years old by September 1st and has specific guidelines that must be followed to be entitled to the funds. Give us a call today if you want to learn more.
For children three to five years old, select a 3 or 5 day per week program, with half or full day duration. Daily activities are carefully planned to develop math and reading readiness skills, number and letter concepts, verbal skills and many other key skills for your child's future.
After-School Care and Special Camp Programs
Rock Creek Academy provides convenient pick-up service at local elementary schools. We have our own vans, certified drivers and require all children to wear seat belts. Teacher supervised homework time is provided daily, as well as nutritious snacks. Supervised social and educational activities are also provided, including arts and crafts, sports, and more. Summer camp is also offered for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade.
Music and Dance Enrichment Programs
One of the most important benefits of dance in young children is to physically develop these skills. Children learn range of motion, balance, coordination, and endurance. They begin to understand the possibilities of movement are endless and fun to explore.
Children have the opportunity to learn in a comfortable social setting. They learn how to work as a group. They also learn how to cooperate, share, understand space, interact, and to perform. They learn that communication can be taught through movement.
Through the Art of Dance, children learn to be creative and to express their emotions, which helps to develop emotional maturity. Children learn in different ways and at their own pace. They become more self-confident throughout their dance experience.
Here at Rock Creek Academy your child/children are our Number #1 priority. We want to insure they are receiving the Best of Care and offer a developmentally designed program that will enhance a young child's ability to learn and grow.
Health and Safety
Rock Creek Academy takes the health and safety of their students and staff very seriously. Since 1984, we have strived to maintain the safest environment possible, while providing our students with a loving and well-balanced education. We take the appropriate steps to implement all childcare procedures as they are directed from our licensing officials as well as our state and local officials.
We are being especially cautious during the COVID-19 pandemic by modifying our guidelines to be able to keep our students and staff as safe as possible.
Students and staff will be checked for fever or respiratory illness symptoms before entering our school.
Staff members use a face covering for each employee in the workplace in areas where they are closer than 6 feet to a child, managing food or disinfecting. If outdoors, or in active play, a face covering can be removed. * NOTE: Students two years and under do not require masks by DCF regulations.
Certain staff members will be responsible for daily sanitation throughout the day. This includes someone constantly wiping down surfaces, door handles, toys, equipment, tables, and chairs with disinfectant spray/ wipes.
Healthy hand-washing and sanitation: It has always been important, but it will now be part of our schedule. We will place posters describing 20‐second hand-washing steps near sinks. Staff and children will participate in regular hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
We will follow the state and local authorities' recommended teacher-student classroom ratios.
Isolation area: We will identify an area at school for any child who starts to run a temperature, begins coughing excessively, or running a fever to remain in isolation until a parent arrives to bring them home.
Arrival & Departure:
All students will arrive via drop-off car line during their designated time.
Students will be greeted at their car and temperature checked prior to entering the school building.
Staff will document the temperature of each child on the check‐in sheet.
Once the child is checked into the school, an assistant will take them to wash their hands. We will ensure that all staff members are washing their hands for at least 20 seconds, scrubbing their fingers, under the fingernails and between the fingers. If a sink with soap and water is not available, provide hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol next to sign‐in. Keep hand sanitizer out of children’s reach and supervise use.
All students will need to have their own art supplies to limit cross‐contamination.
Water fountains will be temporarily closed. Students must bring a water cup or water bottle, labeled with their full name. We will refill as necessary.
We will limit who comes into the school building. If a parent must make a payment, they should call the front office for assistance. Our goal will be to communicate to parents via email and phone to allow them to make payments.
Potential outbreak: If we have a case, we will close for the week, send students home, clean the school, and decide the appropriate next steps. The CDC recommends to self‐quarantine for 14 days if you think you and/or your child have been exposed.
Enrollment packets, available at the Rock Creek Academy office, include all enrollment information along with emergency contact information, discipline policy forms, and forms required by the county and state.
You will also need to present a statement of good health or a physical (yellow form #3040) and a certificate of immunization (blue form #680) upon your child's first day. These forms are issued by your child's pediatrician or the Health Department.
Rock Creek Academy adheres to strict security policies and will not release children to anyone not listed on the enrollment forms. A parent must notify us in writing of anyone else authorized to pick up their child.
If you would like to visit us, please call or email us to set up an appointment for a tour.
We are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m (excluding holidays).
If there's anything you'd like to know about our programs and curriculum, please get in touch.