The JCC Early Childhood program provides a comprehensive education for young children in a warm Jewish setting. We seek to nourish a child’s natural curiosity and excitement while allowing each child to develop at his/her own pace. You can be confident that we will provide all the loving, enriching attention you want for your child.
The JCC of Greater Columbus’ new “best in class” initiative features both The Creative Curriculum® and An Ethical Start®. The philosophy behind The Creative Curriculum® is that young children learn best by doing. The Creative Curriculum® is built on well-accepted theories of development in young children that research shows learn best through active exploration of their environment; therefore, the environment plays a critical role in day to day learning. The curriculum identifies goals in four areas of development: Social/Emotional, Cognitive, Physical and Language. The planned activities for the children, the organization of the environment, the selection of toys and materials, the daily schedule and interaction with the children are all designed to accomplish the goals and objectives of the curriculum. This ensures each child will have the opportunity for a successful school year and a bright academic future.
As a Center of Jewish learning we are deeply committed to teaching young children about their religious identity. We integrate Jewish traditions, prayers and values into classroom learning. This Jewish outlook offers an opportunity for our children to experience Judaism while learning universal values.
Jewish learning is an integral part of the JCC Preschool program. Holiday and Shabbat celebrations help children understand the Jewish traditions, customs, and ceremonies. Jewish ethics and values are incorporated into our daily activities. Our connection to Israel and its history are introduced at various times throughout the school year. In addition, children are exposed to Pirke Avot (Ethics of our Fathers) through implementation of An Ethical Start®.
An Ethical Start® is a values-based curriculum designed for JCC preschools to teach Jewish ethics to young children and supports families in bringing these values into their homes.
The goal of our program is to create children that are independent, confident, inquisitive and enthusiastic learners and successful students in a warm Judaic environment.
Another unique feature of our program is the incorporation of specialized instruction in the areas of:
- Physical Education
- Hebrew Enrichment
- Shabbat Assembly
The quality of our program is directly correlated to the excellence of our teaching staff. Our staff consists of warm and nurturing Early Childhood Educators who through their education, the JCC’s commitment to continued early childhood training and longevity with our program provide the “Best in Class” preschool experience in developing children’s maximum potential.
Full Day Options
The JCC offers full day childcare Monday through Friday for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. We also offer a variety of part time full day schedules to meet your working needs.
Half Day Options
The JCC offers five half days for children 2 years and older. We also offer flexibility in our preschool programs by offering two and three day. In addition we offer part day schedules for Kindergarten Bound (pre-K) children. Kindergarten Bound children can attend until 11:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.
The JCC offers Occasional care for any child registered for half day preschool available daily from 12:00-3:00 p.m. and 7:00-8:30 a.m.
We encourage parent participation through:
- Volunteering in the classroom
- Sharing interests or hobbies
- Helping with art activities, writing projects and field trips, or being a guest reader
- Joining the Parent Association which conducts fundraising and social activities throughout the year and sponsors many school-wide events.
We keep parents informed of all activities through monthly newsletters, calendars, regular program updates and the posting of weekly lessons and classroom information on our ACTIVIT-E web site.
JCC membership (a requirement for all families participating in any Early Childhood Education program) provides JCC Preschool families with the following benefits:
- Use of all the JCC’s facilities, including indoor/outdoor swimming pools, fitness center, racquetball courts and participation in many programs and sports leagues for all ages. Discounted member rates on JCC programs Discounts on various public program events
For more information about JCC Membership, call 559-6229.