Our Philosophy and Goals
Our program is designed to help develop the whole child: socially, intellectually, emotionally and physically. We encourage the development of children’s inner resources: curiosity, creativity, imagination, independence, a love of learning and self–esteem. Our caring and experienced staff encourages joy for learning, enthusiasm for exploration and discovery and a high regard for self and others. The result is an environment that offers one of the city’s finest early childhood programs.
We Inspire Jewish Journeys
Everyday experiences are infused by Jewish traditions and values. We encourage an exploration of the cultural, spiritual and ethical aspects of Judaism through holiday celebrations, teaching and performing gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness) and demonstrating respect for the world around us. Together with the JCC Director of Jewish Life and Learning, our teachers are able to explore fundamental Jewish concepts and values and work collaboratively to develop learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate in the classrooms. Through experiences including cooking, singing, art, literacy and more, children in all age groups are able to take a Jewish journey through the rich traditions of Judaism. Friday mornings bring a special celebration of the Sabbath with school–wide group singing, concerts, where parents are encouraged to attend.
The Power of the Learning Environment
The physical environment is viewed as an integral partner in the learning experience. We provide classroom environments that are authentic and natural in appearance and engaging and stimulating in feel. Our classroom design and play–based curriculum encourage children to make choices and to work independently and in small groups. Developmental areas such as literacy and creative arts,math, problem solving and dramatic play are experienced through an environment which offers open-ended materials and equipment, allowing children the chance to use their imagination and creativity to foster their development.
The ECC offers a child–centered curriculum based on an emergent approach. Through careful observation and documentation of children’s interests and play, teachers create discussion topics that capture children’s natural curiosity.Our Judaic curriculum is interwoven in all that we teach. As part of our belief that learning takes place through play and “hands–on” experiences, children are encouraged to develop creativity and critical thinking skills through a balance of structured activities and interactive play.
The ECC offers a variety of amazing enrichment classes as part of our standard curriculum. All children, beginning in the infant program, have weekly music enrichment with an ECC music educator. Beginning in the toddler program, all children go to our gym for weekly physical education enrichment with a physical education teacher and work on gross motor activities. And, all children in a three-year old or four-year old program receive weekly swim instruction with our aquatics staff. We are the only early childhood education program in the area to include weekly swim lessons to our three and four year program!
Staff & Faculty
Our staff is made up of warm, caring individuals who are professionals in their field.Our faculty participates in on going training in early childhood and Jewish education.Through age-group teamwork, teachers learn from and support one another in applying best practices in the field of early childhood education.
We view parents as an integral partner in the child’s learning experience. Teachers work with parents to learn about children’s specific needs, as well as share information about the classroom experiences. Positive relationships with parents are fundamental in the work that we do at the ECC. The Parent Teacher Leadership Committee counts on parent involvement to enhance various aspects of our community through fundraising, special events and parent education.