There has been a JCC in Denver for over 92 years and the ECC has been part of that for 77 years. JCC’s ECC programs have been a vital component to the community. Education of our children and getting them off to a good start in life is a basic premise of Jewish teaching. Although we have faced our share of challenges recently, it is clear that the commitment to early childhood education is as strong as ever.
We have listened to what you have told us and have incorporated much of your feedback into the plan you will see below. Our goal is it to deliver a great educational program but please remember that excellence takes time. There will be bumps along the way but we are committed to working through them with the support of parents, teachers, the Board and our community to build a stronger school.
We have spent the last six months working with Jim Loan to determine how best to position the school for long-term sustainability while maintaining the highest standard of excellence in Jewish Early Childhood Education. The outcome of this assessment has brought us to six program changes for the 2014-2015 school year.
The JCC ECC offers scholarships based on financial need. Any money put down by a scholarship applicant who does not receive sufficient funds to attend ECC will be refunded 100%.
Scholarship applications are due on Tuesday, April 15 (Tax Day). You will need to have your 2013 taxes done in order to apply. After scholarships are awarded, any remaining balance must be paid within 30 days of scholarship notification.
Core Day will be 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Extended Day options from 7:30–8:30 a.m. and 3:30–5:30 p.m. will be available
Core Day teachers and Extended Day teachers will not be the same as the Extended Day time period will be daily planning time for Core Day teachers
Extended Day drop in will no longer be available, it will be by registration only
Cole School Year will be a 9.5 month school year from mid-August through May
Summer camp programs will be offered for a 10 week period over the summer with a week off on either side of camp
We will reopen the school for 4 of the second observance days for the Jewish holidays of Sukkot, Simchat Torah and 2 for Passover.
The school will be closed for both Winter and Spring breaks to allow teachers vacation time during the same period as children which will keep teachers in the classrooms during regular school times
We will be reducing the overall classroom count from 16 classrooms to 12 classrooms. Classroom capacities have also been reduced due to licensing requirements which will improve our already good teacher to child ratios
Total capacity will drop from 233 students to 157 students
We will still have three different morning only options during the Core School Year. These will not be available during the 10 week summer program.
Teacher salaries will be increased depending on education, experience and performance. We have a multi-phased plan, beginning this year and hope to improve it each year going forward. A salary scale is being developed and we believe that it will include between 3-18% increases for all teachers depending on where they fall on the salary scale and if teachers choose to work only during the Core School Year or choose to also teach during the summer program
The JCC is a community based not for profit organization based on an inclusive membership model. The JCC Annual Membership is a fee members pay outside of their program enrollment fees that is required for most JCC and MACC programs. These fees allow the JCC to maintain and improve our facility, continue to grow and support a wide variety of programs including Ranch Camp as well as support our community through scholarships and financial assistance. A JCC Membership also allows you to enroll in both JCC and MACC classes and programs at a discounted rate.
All families registering for the JCC ECC are required to pay a JCC Community Member fee, if not already a current member, of $236/Family. The amount of your community membership fee in excess of $25 is tax deductible.