Our low student-teacher ratio means that we can work closely with our students. Language development and literacy, mathematical thinking, dramatic play, social skills, and artistic expression are essential components of each child’s experience at the Early Childhood Center. Basic math concepts are introduced through cooking, block play, sorting, and categorizing materials. Children use symbolic play to try on a variety of roles and figure out their place in the world. Art activities and projects help tie together the many concepts children are learning and provide an outlet for creative expression.
Weather permitting, part of each day is spent outdoors on our rooftop playground or terrace. These play spaces offer slides, climbing equipment, and lots of room to run and explore. An indoor playroom is also available. In addition, children work with specialists for music, movement, library, gardening, and art and science.
Seeds of Wonder is a “grown-up and me” morning class that gives your child a wonderful opportunity to participate in a classroom environment with a trusted adult. For the winter/spring 2017 session, which runs from January 3-May 25, 2017, we will also offer a special Seeds of Wonder Separation drop-off program for children who are 16-24 months by January 2017. All Seeds of Wonder classes will be held on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings. Learn more and download registration forms here.
The 2s Program meets from 9:10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., two or three days per week; additionally, for children 2 ½ and up, there is a 5-day 2s program that meets from 9 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. Lunch is provided by each family and served in the classrooms.
At the beginning of the 2s program, our emphasis is on the child’s transition from the home environment to school. Working closely with families, and using a phase-in schedule, we work to gain each child’s trust and to create a sense of community. During this year learning occurs in a hands-on manner through the use of sensory materials and experiences. Among the tools of play in the classrooms are sand, water, clay, play dough, puzzles, table games, manipulative toys, dramatic play props, science equipment, books, paint, paper, and markers. Music and cooking are regular activities and are incorporated into the celebration of Jewish holidays.
The 3’s Program meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., five days per week. Lunch is provided by each family and served in the classrooms.
The curriculum for children 3 to 4 years old reflects the interests and developmental abilities of this age group, in particular increased attention span, more refined motor skills, and greater problem solving skills. The curriculum also focuses on reinforcing group skills and the development of expressive language. Our 3-year-olds have access to many different materials and move freely through the classroom, working with teachers either individually or in small groups.
An extended day program is offered for 3-year-olds. Parents can elect to send their children to any (or all) of the four extended-day classes offered weekly, Monday through Thursday. On each of these days after school, there is a different class activity. Examples of some of the activities we have offered include art, sculpture, woodworking, and photography. This voluntary program extends the 3-year-olds’ day to 2:45 p.m.
The 4s/5s classes meet five days per week, from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Fridays. Lunch is provided by each family and served in the classrooms.
As children turn 4 and 5, their investigations and curriculum explorations take on greater depth. Units of study often span many weeks or even months, depending on the interests of the group. As children become more analytical in their thinking, they are able to express their learning in a representational manner. Due to our favorable teacher/student ratios, teachers are able to address the children according to their developmental needs. Children often explore an area of the curriculum in small groups and individually, allowing for a deep understanding of the subject matter.
For children who will first be attending the ECC in the fall (15 mos.-2.5), we offer a special program in the summer where children come for an hour and a half, two times a week, with a parent or caregiver. This program helps ease the transition and helps children feel more comfortable with separation in the fall.