JCP Early Childhood Center is recognized as a high quality, comprehensive program that successfully engages children in the learning process. Come see what makes us unique!

Web content 8-19-16 two blue boxes of ECC bullet pointsPreschool and Bridge Program Philosophy:

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. Parents and caregivers of Preschool and Bridge Program children are invited to attend parenting discussions which include an opportunity to reflect on developmental questions that emerge out of interactions within the class as well as general parenting topics of interest. These sessions take place outside of classroom time.

The Early Childhood Center provides children and their families the opportunity to explore their Jewish culture and offers opportunities for establishing Jewish identity, which is defined differently for each of us. The program emphasizes a sensory approach to cultural Judaism and the Jewish holidays, as this is a wonderful way for children to appreciate their heritage and their community.

In addition to our outstanding teaching staff, we benefit from a unique and diverse team of specialists who spend regular time in the classrooms, meet with teachers routinely and are often available to parents as well.


The Preschool typically serves children until they attend Kindergarten. Classes meet five-days-a-week and increase in length as children progress through the program. The school day is designed to include a balance of 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. Our graduates attend ongoing Public, Independent and Jewish schools. Click here to see a list of recent Kindergarten acceptances.

Bridge Classes

The JCP Bridge Program is specifically designed to create a bridge into a full preschool environment, providing a nurturing and joyful environment for productive play in a consistent group setting. With options for two-day-a-week or three-day-a-week classes, children become accustomed to the routines of school in a stimulating environment. During the class children engage in a variety of activities including music, art, free play, group activities and snack as well as integrated Jewish cultural, holiday and Shabbat experiences throughout the year.

Children attend the Bridge Program with a parent or caregiver and move toward separation after an initial transition period during the first part of the school year. The Bridge Program serves children who are between 21 months and two years three months on September 1 of the year they begin the program.


Children must be at least two years and three months on September 1, 2017 to enter the Preschool for the 2017-2018 school year. Children who are between one year and nine months and two years three months on September 1, 2017 are eligible for the Bridge Program in 2017-2018. Please call us at the JCP Early Childhood Center (212-334-3533) with any questions.

For admissions inquiries for the 2017-2018 school year, please contact us at 212-334-3533, or complete an online Admissions Information Request found here, to arrange for an Information Session and Tour, the first step of the admissions process. Applications are available after attending an Information Session. Click here to learn more. We look forward to meeting you.