I'm interested in the JCC, but I'm not Jewish...
There is no requirement that families, children, or even teachers be Jewish. We welcome families from all backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs.
Is religion taught in the classroom?
Jewish culture and tradition are important aspects of all our programs. We celebrate and observe Jewish holidays in our classrooms. Our celebrations and observances include stories, music, the arts and cooking. We celebrate Shabbat every 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 is part of Sheva, the JCCs of North America Early Learning Framework, and signifies the seven core elements of exemplary early childhood practice deeply rooted in the latest research on child development through a Jewish lens.
How do you approach non-Jewish holidays?
Although we do not celebrate non-Jewish holidays in our classrooms with activities or lesson plans, we respect everyone's holidays and allow children to share the excitement and dialogue surrounding each holiday celebrated in their homes.
What is the curriculum?
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is based on 38 objectives for development and learning. These objectives are fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and state early learning standards, and integrated into each and every one of the comprehensive collection of resources that makes up the curriculum. Educators can be confident that they are meeting important early learning standards every day, even while bringing their own creativity and expertise into daily planning. What’s more, the curriculum also offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction by helping teachers meet the needs of every learner, with a particular focus on English language development. - The Creative Curriculum
What are the family participation requirements?
At the JCC we value parent/guardian and teacher partnerships. We ask our families 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 to child ratios?
2- to 3-Year-Olds
Class sizes: 12-14 children
Ratio: 6-7 to 1
3- to 4- and 4- to 5-Year-Olds
Class sizes: 16-20 children
Ratio: 8-10 to 1
Class size: 20 children
Ratio: Maximum of 10 to 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, Club J and community programs—all of which are available to you as a member.