Child Development & Learning

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.

Enrollment Process

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2/3's Program

Despite some assumptions about 2 year olds, it is an amazing time in a child’s life. During this year of age, toddlers 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’s classrooms will help your child begin to develop their emotional, physical, language, and cognitive skills while integrating critical social skills.

For our youngest age group, we maintain a classroom ratio of 6 children to 1 teacher. A typical class size is 12 children with 2 teachers. We do not require that children be potty-trained. Children who are 2 years old before September 1 are eligible for this program.

Depending on enrollment, we may have separate classrooms for both younger (2 years old by September 1 up to 2 ½ years old) and older 2/3-year olds (2 ½ years old by September 1). For a classroom of older 2/3’s, we maintain a classroom ratio of 7 children to 1 teacher. A typical class size is 14 children with 2 teachers.

2/3's Program Options

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

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

3/4's Program

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

In a 3/4’s classroom, we maintain a classroom ratio of 8 or 9 children to 1 teacher. A typical class size is 16-18 children with 2 teachers. Children who are 3 before September 1 are eligible for this program.

3/4s & 4/5s Program Options

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

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

4/5's Program

As children continue in our ECC, their classrooms provide opportunities to build on the learning of previous years by delving more deeply into studies or project-based learning and expanding social relationships in peer groups. During this stage of development, children’s imaginations are continuously sparked. Socialization brings new friendships, along with related challenges, as they learn to navigate the expanding world around them. We continue an emphasis on social/emotional learning while stimulating intellectual development, through shared decision making, social problem solving, and self-regulation of emotions.

For our 4/5’s, we maintain a ratio of no more than 10 children to 1 teacher and a class size of about 18-20 children with 2 teachers. Children who are 4 before September 1 are eligible for this program.

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