Welcome to the JCP Early Childhood Center! The ECC is recognized as a high quality, comprehensive program that successfully engages children in the learning process. We invite you to learn more about our offerings.
Discovering and respecting children’s natural ways of understanding the world and scaffolding them as they grow, JCP Early Childhood Center values each child’s unique qualities while instilling a lifelong appreciation for community. Children benefit from flexibility within structure as they explore and discover while feeling the security of appropriate boundaries. We work hand in hand with parents to form partnerships of trust and to set appropriate goals for children.
The Early Childhood Center includes the Preschool and Bridge Program, ‘My Grown Up & Me’ and After School Enrichment classes, JCP Summer Camp and the Parenting Center.
See the guide below to determine which program or class is right for your child:
Preschool and Bridge Program
JCP ECC’s Preschool day is designed to include structured and unstructured activities, including free play, circle time, snack, gross motor play and story time. Children enjoy daily music, art and movement activities, as well as opportunities to work in small groups as we encourage emerging literacy and numeracy. The Early Childhood Center provides children and their families the opportunity to explore their Jewish culture, offering a sensory approach to cultural Judaism and the Jewish holidays. The Preschool typically serves children until they attend Kindergarten.
The JCP Bridge Program is designed to create a bridge for young children to become accustomed to a full preschool environment, providing a nurturing and joyful environment for productive play in a consistent group setting. During class the children engage in a variety of activities including music, art, and snack as well as integrated Jewish cultural, holiday and Shabbat experiences throughout the year.
For Preschool and Bridge Program admissions, please call us at 212-334-3533 or complete an Admission Information Request Form available to learn more and schedule an Admissions Information Session and tour, the first step in our admissions process. Applications are available after attending an Information Session. Admission Information Request Forms will be available after Labor Day in the admissions information section of our web page.
‘My Grown Up & Me’ Classes
JCP ECC’s music and play-based classes for young children and a parent or caregiver introduce them to the routine of school through the exploration of materials, dramatic play, art, music and movement. JCPlay meets twice a week, introducing young children to the experience of being in preschool while accompanied by a trusted grown up, while Bim Bom with Timbalooloo! is offered on Friday mornings to provide children a chance to sing their way into Shabbat each week.
After School Enrichment Classes
With classes including Spanish, Tennis, Timbalooloo Hebrew, and Let’s Explore Science!, JCP ECC’s After School Enrichment Classes offer an opportunity to extend children’s interests and build skills. After School classes are open to children enrolled in JCP Preschool as well as other schools. JCP Preschool students whose class dismissal coincides with the start of their after school program will be escorted to class by a member of JCP staff.
JCP Summer Camp
JCP Summer Camp provides a rich variety of programming, including daily art and music activities, park trips, sprinkler time, Hebrew language learning, cooking projects, science experiments and more.
Through individual workshops and special series throughout the school year, the JCP ECC Parenting Center seeks to enrich families both in the ECC and the wider community. Past offerings have included age-specific discussions as well as focused workshops, including topics such as “Including Caregivers,” “Sibling Relationships,” and “Limit Setting,” led by Isabel Schein, JCP’s Child Development Specialist and Parent Educator. Additionally, throughout the year other workshops on a variety of developmental and parenting topics are led by special guests who are experts in their fields. Stay tuned for a complete schedule of workshops for the coming year.
As you look through the course offerings and class listings, please give us a call at 212-334-3533 to help make a recommendation or an introduction.