Our Program

The JCC Nursery School and Pre-K enriches a child’s natural love of learning and encourages growth in social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Our program offers a play based child centered curriculum for ages 13 months through 5 years of age. The JCC offers a range of attendance options based on age, three and five-day-a-week programs, and a half day option, as well. Families of all faiths are welcome.

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Our View of the Child

The child is viewed as a unique and complex individual, grounded in a cultural heritage, and embodied with potential. To support these capable, curious thinkers, we provide a nurturing, engaging environment that will balance boundaries with freedom and discovery.

A Day at the Nursery School
  • Nurturing teachers support child’s play by encouraging independence, creativity, inquiry, patience and respect for others.

  • A combination of hands on learning experiences throughout the day that fosters the child’s inquisitive nature.

  • A balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed experiences occur throughout the day that include individual, small group, and whole group interactions.

  • Weekly music, movement, gardening and Jewish enrichment activities led by specialists  to enhance the classroom curriculum.

  • An environment infused with Jewish culture, values and traditions. Jewish holidays and weekly Shabbat experiences are celebrated throughout the year.

  • Large outside playground with equipment and materials to encourage physical motor play and ample space to explore and enjoy nature.

  • Access to indoor gymnasium and tumbling equipment, giving children space to run and play regardless of the weather outside.
What Makes Our Pre-K So Unique
  • Provides smooth transition from a familiar preschool setting to the increased expectations of a kindergarten curriculum, all the while balancing the child’s growing independence and developing social skills.

  • Second-floor suite reserved exclusively for Pre-K students with classrooms, designated lunch area, and Kindergarten Readiness Room.

  • Robust Kindergarten Readiness program, led by a reading specialist, that engages small groups of students in pre-reading, pre-writing, and math activities several times each week.

  • Seasoned teachers who understand the expectations of the upcoming kindergarten year. They offer diverse, hands-on experiences to hone children’s developmental skills and prepare them for a future of successful learning.

  • Student-led presentations throughout the year to demonstrate new knowledge. Previous units have included: Art Appreciation & History, Louisiana, and Author’s Tea.

 

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Purim Spirit Week

Nursery school students and teachers celebrated Purim Spirit Week. Check out a few highlights from all the fun.

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Celebrating Purim & Homemade Hamantaschen

One of everyone’s favorite ways to celebrate Purim is by eating hamantaschen, delicious three-cornered, filled pastries said to represent Haman's hat. Learn how to make your own at home!

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Staff Spotlight: Gary Brandt

Get to know Gary Brandt, the JCC's new Director of Youth & Family Engagement.

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Meet the Instructors: Reformer Pilates

In this blog post, we introduce you to our three talented Reformer Pilates instructors: Eric Funderburk, Rachel Haffner, and Kristin Smith. 

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