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.

 

EVENTS
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FITNESS CLASSES

Passover Program Sing-Along

Watch and sing along to our 2019 Passover Program led by JCC's Kendra Siani and Touro Synagogue Cantor Kevin Margolius. 

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Bringing Dance to Older Adults and People with Dementia

Kelly Harp Haber's reflections from a workshop designed to uplift older adults and people with dementia through dance and expressive movement.

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Maccabi Memories & Advice for Team NOLA

Former JCC Maccabi athletes offer memories and advice for the 2019 delegation heading to Detroit. 

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Educator of the Year Award Announced

Educator of the Year was awarded to Paul Distler for the outstanding work he has done integrating Holocaust education into the curriculum at Cabrini High School.

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