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The Preschool fosters the growth of each child in a nurturing environment that supports all areas of their development (including cognitive, social and emotional) and encourages emerging independence. We believe in flexibility within structure allowing children a great deal of opportunity for exploration and discovery as they seek meaning in the world, 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. We believe in the joy of learning and the independence of a secure environment that encourages exploration. We respect the uniqueness of each child as well as the importance of community.

The Preschool provides children and their families the opportunity to explore their Jewish culture and offers the seeds 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. Our graduates attend ongoing Public, Independent and Jewish schools. Click here to see a list of recent Kindergarten acceptances.

We invite you to learn more about the Preschool, the Early Childhood Center and JCP. Please contact the Early Childhood Center at 212-334-3533. We look forward to meeting you.

Preschool Admissions

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.

Admissions inquiries for the 2017-18 school year begin after Labor Day. Please contact us at 212-334-3533 after Labor Day to arrange for an Information Session and Tour, the first step of the admissions process. Applications are available after attending an Information Session.

Bridge Classes

The JCP Bridge Program is specifically designed to create a bridge into a full preschool environment, providing a nurturing environment for productive play in a consistent group setting. 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 the children move toward separation mid year. The class is supplemented with ongoing parent 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 Bridge Program serves children who are between 21 months and two years three months in September of the year they begin the program.


CliReview cover smallck here to read an article by Sharon Shorofsky Mack, Director of Education and Early Childhood & Associate Director, JCP. The piece, Collaboration: How a School Can Best Support a Child was printed in the Parents League Review, an annual publication of articles of interest on education and parenting published by The Parents League of New York.