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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National Coloring Book Day

We love to celebrate here at the JCC, and we also look for any opportunity to be creative. Join us for a coloring break in The Nosh of the Uptown JCC for National Coloring Book Day on August 2. We’ll have a table with crayons and JCC-themed coloring sheets. Can’t make it to the JCC? Download and print our coloring sheets. We’d love to see your artwork, so be sure to tag us and use hashtag #nojcc on social media!

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Finding Your Fit Foods

Creating a lifestyle, rather than a diet, will give you the flexibility to make healthy choices while still enjoying what you eat. Sometimes the hardest part about eating healthfully is simply knowing what will taste good without packing on the pounds. Check out some of the healthy recipes recommended by Metairie Wellness Director Alexis Boudreau to get started and get cooking!

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Alon Shaya Lead 2018 Kindness March

New Orleans JCC campers kicked off summer 2018 by spreading kindness at the second annual Kindness March, held June 7 at the Uptown JCC. Famed chef Alon Shaya and his wife Emily, along with the New Creations Brass Band, led the march around the JCC’s historic building on St. Charles Avenue.

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JCC Dedicates New Expansion

It was "A Sweet Celebration in Song" on May 24 as the JCC dedicated its new $9 million dollar expansion.  Featuring a performance by Azi Schwartz, the internationally recognized cantor from the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, the event brought the community together to celebrate the new addition to the Uptown JCC and recognized and honored the lead donors who made the expansion possible. 

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