The Early Childhood Center
The Early Childhood Center at JCC of Northern New Jersey is a progressive preschool that embraces individuality and helps lead children and families from all backgrounds on the magical journey of personal growth and development while infusing Jewish values and traditions into classroom life.
At our Early Childhood Center, our goal is to nurture each child’s natural sense of curiosity and creativity being mindful of the whole child, including: social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. We help each student cultivate the critical thinking skills necessary to become independent and enthusiastic lifelong learners while simultaneously weaving in the pre-academic skills necessary for kindergarten success.
Teachers work collaboratively to create environments and experiences that spark wonder and creativity, build confidence and skills, allow children to explore materials, and ask questions. Families are partners in the work that we do, joining with children and teachers to celebrate life and learning. We are caretakers of each other, our school community, our neighborhoods, and our planet.
Our Early Childhood Center provides state of the art new classroom facilities and materials, experienced faculty, and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for children from 2 years of age through 5 years of age.
The Early Childhood Center at JCC of Northern New Jersey is devoted to cultivating relationships and a lifelong love of learning through inquiry and meaningful experiences. By incorporating best practices in Early Childhood, along with Sheva: JCCs of North America Early Learning Framework, we provide opportunities of engagement for young families, both in our Parenting Center and in our Early Learning Center.
Sheva (the number seven in Hebrew) has extraordinary power in Jewish thought and practice. It signifies the seven core elements of exemplary early childhood practice deeply rooted in the latest research on child development, seen through a Jewish lens.
Children’s voices, passions, artistic visions, and questions are driving forces in our curriculum. We believe that children are competent thinkers, problem solvers, and builders of their own knowledge. Teachers and children together identify paths of wonder and engage in extended collaborative work that fosters individual growth and the ability to learn in large and small groups.
We think of our children as members of ever-widening communities, including their own classroom, the school, the JCC, and the world.
Our staff views the environment, classrooms and common spaces, materials, bulletin boards, and print materials as powerful tools for learning. Children use their physical world in a myriad of inventive ways, finding pathways for self-expression at every turn, transforming the everyday into the extraordinary.
Teachers facilitate this process by working collaboratively as researchers, guiding and following the interests of the group. We support each child’s learning, their connections with one another, their achievements, and their points of view by making their work visible through many forms of documentation.
Daily reflections, journey binders, small booklets, visual narrations on the walls, and videos provide windows into the world of the children at school. This documentation helps teachers, parents, and children understand and deepen the learning at school, as we think collaboratively about children’s learning.
We monitor each child’s progress through individual assessments across the school year, ensuring that they reach developmental milestones and master the academic skills necessary for continuing their educational journey. We foster a love of literacy and language, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts, as well as Jewish life and living.
We embrace families from all backgrounds as we cultivate a connection to Jewish values and tradition. We offer children many experiences that encourage students and families to make a positive imprint on their world. Social Action activities such as preparing and collecting food and clothing for local soup kitchens, pajama drives, mitten drives, toys drives and intergenerational activities are hands on experiences that allow our children to be actively involved in tikkun olam, the Jewish concept of repairing the world.
A place where children learn and discover, where they thrive and are inspired.
A perspective where each child’s learning style is celebrated and appreciated as unique and special
With a team of teaching professionals who value lifelong learning and guide children to think and care deeply about the world
With a community of parents and families who partner in the children’s learning experience
Our learning community recognized for innovation, modeling Jewish principles and values and integrating excellent education practices
About what it would be like for our family to welcome your family to the Early Childhood Center at the JCC of Northern New Jersey
A school where educators believe that children are competent and capable learners
A warm learning environment where children are encouraged to dream