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.

Schedules & Rates  Prospective Families

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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Upcoming Community Chanukah Celebration

Nefesh Mountain, a Jewish bluegrass ensemble, will brighten the Mintz Auditorium with soulful folk-inspired music.

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NOLA Grannies Project Visits the Uptown JCC

Grandmothers seem to have one thing in common: they refuse to tolerate anything or anybody messing with their loved ones. And that’s just what a group of ten grannies from New Orleans did when they heard about trouble at the border for families seeking asylum.

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Creating Eight New Memories for Chanukah

This year let’s create eight nights of memories instead of eight days of gifts. 

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BINGO! Chanukah Edition

This year, we’re bringing the Chanukah celebrations to the fitness center with Chanukah BINGO. Get out of your comfort zone, make new friends, and learn more about everything the JCC offers.

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