Our Philosophy...

We believe the first seven years of life are the most formative in a child's development.
We believe the development of a child is fostered by the interaction of parent and teachers.
We believe each child to be an individual with a unique ability for discovery and learning which must be nurtured and encouraged.
We believe that through social interaction a child develops an increased awareness of self; an acceptance of others; and the ability to work with others.
We believe that in the early year's daily experiences with caring adults in an interactive environment sets the stage for how children learn and interact with others throughout their life.

Cradles to Crayons is a child oriented center dedicated to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth of children through discover, experience, investigation, and social interaction in an enjoyable, enriching environment created just for children. It is a learning center based upon solid educational principles and experience.

The Cradles to Crayons curriculum addresses the individual needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and schoolagers in a calm, respectful and stimulating approach. Daily interaction with supportive, caring and nurturing caregivers in age appropriate learning experiences fosters the development of each child in their uniqueness as an individual.

Cradles to Crayons follows and strives to go above the state of Ohio's Content Standards for learning.

About Cradles to Crayons
Cradles to Crayons is locally owned and not part of any franchise or chain. This allows us the flexibility to adapt our policies and programs to meet the needs of our families. Team teaching and planning is in-house which allows our staff to be more creative in designing learning activities based upon the needs of the children under their care.

Cradles to Crayons is incorporated in the state of Ohio and opened in 2001. It is in compliance with all building and health standards required by the state and Montgomery County, including all fire safety codes required by  Centerville/Washington Twp. Fire Department.

Cradles to Crayons is open to children regardless of race, color, creed, gender or nationality.

The owners of Cradles to Crayons are  Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Mattia, residents of the Centerville/Washington Township community for almost 40 years. Mr. Mattia holds several certificates from the State of Ohio and has a Master Degree in Education from the University of Dayton. He has served as a teacher, principal of a National School of Excellence, Assistant Superintendent and consultant for Dayton area schools and the state of Ohio for over 36 years and has been involved in pre-school/child care education for over 30 years.

Cradles to Crayons is a STAR rated center by the state of Ohio Step Up to Quality Program. Qualities such as low ratios; teachers genuinely caring about children; planned activities, and learning structure are some of the strengths indicated by Step Up To Quality specialists.


Our staff is hired for their knowledge of the growth and development of children. Professional staff members hold certification from the state of Ohio. All staff members must undergo a thorough back-ground check through state and Federal organizations.

Basic Principles of the Child Care Program



Cradles to Crayons, LLC
1489 Old Spring Valley Court
Centerville, Ohio 45459
phone: 1-937-312-0180
fax: 1-937-433-0074