Preschool Program

All of the classrooms in our Early Childhood Center use The Creative Curriculum®, a research-based framework, as a guide in setting up our environment, developing daily activities, planning our schedule and interactions, and directing our assessments. As part of a developmentally appropriate practice, we believe in the importance of play. Play is an important vehicle for developing self-regulation as well as promoting language, cognition, and social competence. Children of all ages love to play, and it gives them opportunities to explore the world, interact with others, express and control emotions, develop their symbolic and problem-solving abilities, and practice emerging skills. Research shows the links between play and foundational capacities such as memory, self-regulation, oral language abilities, social skills, and success in school. - NAEYC Position Statements are available on the NAEYC website.

2/3 Year-Old Program

Despite some assumptions about two-year-olds, it is an amazing time in a child's life. During this year, children become more physically coordinated, their language increases rapidly, they develop an interest in other children, and they become interested in pretend play. Our 2/3 year old classrooms will help your child begin to develop his/her emotional, physical, language, and cognitive skills, while integrating important social skills.

For our youngest age group, we maintain a classroom ratio of 6-7 children to 1 teacher. A typical class size is 12-14 children with two teachers. It is not required that children be toilet trained. Children who are 2 years old before September 1st are eligible for this program.

2- to 3-Year-Old Program Options

  • Half Day:  M-F, M/W/F, T/TH
  • Full Day:  M-F, M/W/F, T/TH
  • Extended Day Available

A Family Membership to the JCC is required to enroll in ECC programs.

3/4 Year-Old and 4/5 Year-Old Program

Preschool is a place where children expand their world, learn, grow, and most importantly, have fun and build relationships. As they grow older, preschoolers strengthen their phsyical skills, extend their cooperative play with other children, and enjoy activities that involve exploring, investigating, and stretching their imaginations. Our teachers encourage young children to experiment with toys and materials in a nurturing environment while making their own discoveries and developing new cognitive, physical, language, literacy, and social emotional skills.

In the 3/4 year old classroom, we maintain a classroom ratio of eight or nine children to one teacher. A typical class size is anywhere between 16-18 children with two teachers. Children who are three years old before September 1st are eligible for this program.

In the 4/5 year old classrooms, we maintain a classroom ratio of no more than 10 children to one teacher and a class size of about 18-20 children with two teachers. Children who are four years old before September 1st are eligible for this program.

3/4 & 4/5 Year-Old Program Options

  • Half Day: M-F, M/W/F, T/TH
  • Full Day: M-F, M/W/F, T/TH
  • Extended Day Available

A Family Membership to the JCC is required to enroll in ECC programs.

Enrollment Process

pdfSee our 2017-18 enrollment folder.