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Reggio Emilia-Inspired Approach

Regio Emilia is a pedagogy described as student-centered and constructivist that uses self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments. The program is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery through a self-guided curriculum. At its core, Reggio is an assumption that children are competent and capable even from the earliest years of development, endowed with “a hundred languages,” through which they can express their ideas. The aim of the Reggio Emilia approach is to teach how to use these symbolic languages (e.g., painting, sculpting, drama) in everyday life. Learn more >

Sheva Framework

Sheva, which means seven in Hebrew, is a powerful number in Jewish thought and practice. The Sheva framework employs seven core principles of early care and education and contemporary and ancient texts, using seven Jewish lenses to reveal universal values. Sheva classrooms weave these values throughout their educational day.

SEVEN CORE ELEMENTS OF SHEVA:

  1. Children as Constructivist Learners
  2. Early Childhood Directors as Visionaries
  3. Early Childhood Educators as Professionals
  4. Families as Engaged Partners
  5. Environments as Inspiration for Inquiry
  6. Discover CATCH as Sh’mirat HaGuf (taking care of our bodies)
  7. Israel as the Story of the Jewish People

SEVEN JEWISH LENSES:

  1. Masa: Journey (Reflection, Return & Renewal)
  2. B’rit: Covenant (Belong & Commitment)
  3. Hit’orerut: Awakening (Amazement & Gratitude)
  4. K’dusha: Holiness (Intentionality & Presence)
  5. D’rash: Interpretation (Inquiry, Dialogue & Transmission)
  6. Tzelem Elohim: Divine Image (Dignity & P otential)
  7. Tikkun Olam: Repair of the World (Responsibility)
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COMMUNITY

We are more than a school – we are a community. Each child will get the chance to build life-long friendships and it is our hope that parents also have the ability to build their own community through meaningful relationships with other families at school.

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SAFTEY & SECURITY

We believe in creating a community that knows each other by name, providing a safe a secure environment for the children. Our top-notch security team greets families during drop-off and pick-up each day. 24/7 video surveillance and keycard technology to access the building are additional measures we take to ensure our children stay safe.

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INCLUSIVITY

We believe that we must act G-d like in our treatment of the children; they deserve our respect, compassion, kindness, and are given every opportunity to succeed. This includes children with special needs, who we support with the necessary tools and resources to succeed.

We entrust in our parents greatly, and make them partners in our goal to provide a quality Jewish early childhood experience for their child. This partnership is essential for the success of all of our children, especially those in need of inclusive services.

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LOW RATIOS

We provide low teacher/children ratios which allows for high levels of teacher engagement with each individual child.

Specials Programs

Specials are currently on hold to avoid cross contamination, however we are offering virtual Shabbat Sing every Friday morning. The programs will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.
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Judaics

Our Judaic values highlight the importance of kindness, selflessness, bravery, courage, and perseverance. Children will learn about the Jewish culture and take part in fun, festive Jewish traditions, such as Purim and Hanukkah!

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Swim Readiness

Children in 3 and 4-year-old classes enjoy a weekly water readiness taught by JCC swim instructors. In addition to being fun, children learn about water safety and important self-help skills such as dressing themselves and being responsible for their own items.

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C.A.T.C.H.

CATCH creates an early awareness for healthy, nutritional habits and a love of physical fitness. Children learn about “whoa” and “go” foods, and how to make healthy choices while learning fun ways to keep their bodies healthy.

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Music and Movement

Our music specialty combines music and movement to help children become more aware of their bodies and minds. We practice mindfulness in music through breathing exercises and paying attention to our bodies. Children are introduced not only to traditional Jewish songs, but also music from cultures around the world.

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Extended Care

We offer extended afternoon from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. These extended hours are meant to support our families around their work schedules.

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Shabbat Sing

Every Friday, we welcome the children, families, and the community to join the school in a celebration of Shabbat. We do this through music, prayers, and storytelling.