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About Creative Expressions Imperial

Early education experiences play a vital role in the social, emotional, physical, and academic development of young children. At Creative Expressions Learning Center, Imperial, we take that responsibility to heart and give each child loving attention and a strong educational foundation that will serve them for many years to come.

Our preschool’s mission is to partner with families in the care and education of their children, and we do everything in our power to create a safe and stimulating learning environment.

Programs Offered:

  • Infants & Toddlers (6 weeks – 2 years). We embed various learning experiences into daily activities in this program, such as feeding, diapering, nurturing, story time, music enrichment, and tummy time.
  • Two-Year-Olds (24 – 36 months). In this program, we work to meet the needs of children developing towards independence
  • Preschool (3 – 5 years). In our preschool program, our skilled teachers work with your child to help them develop knowledge through fun and play.
  • Kindergarten Club (4 – 5 years). Our Kindergarten Club program is a special weekly program that is designed to prepare 4-year-olds for the transition into kindergarten.
  • Summer Camp (5 – 12 years). Kids experience the sights and sounds of America as they go on a virtual tour of top attractions, events, and landmarks in this exciting program.
  • School-Age Program (5 – 12 years). In this program, your child stays involved and stimulated before and after school hours.

Our Educators

We take great pride in hiring the most highly qualified teachers. Our Lead Teachers have degrees in early childhood education, elementary education, or childhood development, or they have suitable experience and formal training through continuing education courses.

All of our team members are required to attend in-service training each year to continue their education in early childhood development. Every employee is required to maintain a current certification in Infant & Child CPR and First Aid.


We have worked diligently to earn and maintain our accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Preschools seeking accreditation through NAEYC must meet or exceed standards in 10 key areas: Relationships, Curriculum, Teaching, Assessment of Child Progress, Health, Teachers, Families, Community Relationships, Physical Environment, Leadership, and Management.

Our Location

Creative Expressions Learning Centers has two preschools in Missouri. Our Imperial location is located at the corner of Seckman Rd and Old Lemay Ferry Rd and our address is 2862 Seckman Rd, Imperial, MO 63052.

Our Team

Shannon Ponzar

Shannon Ponzar


I’m proud to be the Director here at Creative Expressions Imperial. I’ve worked for the company for over 8 years and have a bachelor’s degree in child development and over 25 years of experience working with children. I live in Arnold, Missouri with my husband and 3 children. I believe that every child grows and learns differently and it is our job to help them to be successful.

Natalie Sullivan

Natalie Sullivan

Hi everyone, my name is Natalie Sullivan and I am so excited to join the Creative Expressions team! I began my career in early childhood education in March, 2012, and have worked with a variety of educational programs over the past 7 years. I grew up in Salem, Missouri and moved to the Arnold area during my high school years. After graduating from Fox High School, I attended Webster University where I completed a double major in Educational Studies and Business Management. My husband Brian and I have two children. We enjoy family outings and finding fun things to do in the St. Louis area.


NAEYC Accreditation

Every child deserves access to high-quality early learning experiences. NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) has set 10 standards for early childhood programs that can help families make the right choice when they are looking for a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten. The standards and criteria are also the foundation of the NAEYC Accreditation system for early childhood programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, schools must go through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years. In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

Reviews from Parents

4.9 Rating based on 69 Reviews
Jen S • Google
September 11, 2021
Stacy • Google
August 16, 2021
My daughter has been attending the center for almost 6 years and she absolutely loves it. She has bonded with the staff at every age level she's been a part of. She is excited to learn about new things now that she is part of the school age program, and sometimes even passes up the opportunity to stay home with her older sister because she wants to come to the center. We are disappointed with not getting to attend field trips, but we do realize the COVID put a stop to that. As a parent, I am just as excited for her to be in a place that makes her feel included, and gives her a sense of belonging when she participates in the group activities. The staff and administration are doing a wonderful job with the day to day operations at the center.
Nicole • Google
July 23, 2021
My son was enrolled at Creative for almost 3 years. The staff there took care of him like family, always quick to respond to any concerns no matter how small and always greeting us with a smile. Thanks to Ms Shannon,Ms Natalie, Julie, Stacie,Stephanie and Ms Bailey he is well prepared for kindergarden. You can surely trust these fine people to care for your most precious children.
Zachary Fry • Google
July 20, 2021
My wife and I have had a wonderful experience with Creative Expressions! Our daughter has attended for about six months now. The teachers are genuinely caring and the directors are excellent about sending out news/communication. Would highly recommend!

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