About Our Program
We believe children learn by doing. Academic and emotional development is enhanced when children make their own discoveries. Our teachers help children become independent, self-confident and inquisitive learners, while aiding in their social-emotional, cognitive, language and physical development.
We maintain a low child-to-teacher ratio with talented, credentialed instructors who foster self-confidence, independence and self-discipline.
Our programs are designed to help each child:
- Develop a positive self-concept and confidence
- Inspire curiosity and the ability to inquire and explore
- Strengthen verbal expression
- Increase self-discipline and independence
- Enjoy creative pursuits
- Develop trust in others
- Learn lifelong cognitive, physical and language skills
- Identify positively with Jewish traditions
Is religion taught in the classroom?
Jewish culture and tradition are important aspects of all our programs. We celebrate all Jewish holidays in our classrooms. Our celebrations and observances include stories, music, art and cooking. We celebrate Shabbat each Friday. In a diverse world often filled with religious strife, the JCC offers a place where Jewish tradition can be taught and celebrated in a healthy, inclusive and non-proselytizing manner.
Most importantly, our values-based curriculum teaches children how to interact in respectful ways with peers, nature and their community. Our curriculum features An Ethical StartTM, a program which explores common human values through a Jewish lens.
At the JCC we value parent and teacher partnerships. We ask our parents to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours each school year in their child's classroom. Volunteer opportunities include: helping in the classroom, assisting with a fundraiser, planning family events, supervising on field trips or serving on committees.
What are the Teacher:Student ratios?
Toddlers (age 2 before Sept. 1)
Class sizes: 12 students
Preschool (3 to 5-Year-Olds)
Class sizes: 16-18 students
Kindergarten (age 5 by Sept. 1)
Class size: Maximum of 20 students
Teachers: 2 (Lead and assistant)
Ratio: Maximum of 10:1
Do I need to be a JCC member to enroll?
We require a JCC Family Membership for all families enrolled in the Early Childhood Center. Aside from the preschool, the JCC offers a first-class fitness facility that includes two swimming pools, summer camps, AfterSchool and community programs—all of which will be available to you as a member. Please stop by the Membership Office for price information and to fill out your membership application.
Thank you very much for your interest in the ECC and your support of the I.J. and Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center.
Director of Membership Services
For the 2013 - 2014 school year, registration for JCC members is February 21 - 22. Open registration for non-members begins March 14.
Priority registration for current ECC members is February 13 - 15, 2013.
For a comprehensive printer-friendly version of everything you need to know please see our 2013-2014 Parent Packet.
The JCC's Early Childhood Center is proud to be a part of a select group of preschools and kindergartens with accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Childrent (NAEYC). Like us, the organization ™is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services. ... NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization.