The curriculum at the JCC Early Childhood Learning Centers is multifaceted, diverse and age appropriate.
Jewish learning is central to our curriculum. Every week 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. Additional education benefits include:
• Holiday and Shabbat Celebrations
• Exploring and Learning about Israel
• Learning about Customs and Traditions
Our values-based curriculum teaches Jewish ethics to young children and supports families in bringing these values into their homes.
SHEVA LEARNING COMMUNITY
JCC Early Childhood Learning Community participates in an early learning framework exclusive to JCCs. Its seven core elements are firmly rooted in the latest research on child development.
SEVEN LENSES 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
THE CREATIVE CURRICULUM ®
The foundation of our education approach is rooted in The Creative Curriculum®. 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. The curriculum focuses on four areas of development: Social/Emotional, Cognitive, Physical and Language. These areas are nurtured through:
• Intentionally planned activities for the children
• The arrangement of the environment
• The selection of toys and materials
• The daily schedule and teacher interaction with the children are all designed to accomplish the goals and objectives of the curriculum.
• Our goal is that each child will have the opportunity for a successful school year and a bright academic future.
Children participate in all the JCC has to offer by incorporation of specialized instruction in the areas of:
• Music & Art
• Physical Education
• Dance & Movement
• Shabbat Assembly
• Specialty Classes
• Early Intervention Specialist
• Kosher Hot Lunch
• Value based
• Sense of Community
• Field Trips
Our Educational Team
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.
Children’s Program Director
Nikki Henry is the Children’s Programming Director for the JCC of Greater Columbus. She has devoted her career to the JCC with over 37 years of experience throughout the three JCC Early Childhood sites as well as the summer camp programs. Currently, Nikki oversees the three Early Childhood programs and Children’s department. She has been very fortunate to have worked at the JCC long enough to have her alumni preschoolers return with their own children.
In addition to being the Children’s Programming Director, Nikki and her husband of 40 years are the caretakers for JCC’s Camp Hoover grounds and are about to become grandparents for the first time.
ECS New Albany Site Director
I started at the New Albany JCC in January of 2009.
I enjoyed many years as a Pre-k teacher and I am honored to now be the Site Director at our New Albany location. After starting as Site-Director, I was excited to go back to school taking Early Childhood courses. I consider myself to be a life-long learner. Prior to that I enjoyed raising my children after 15 years as a hairstylist and free-lance makeup artist. I have two children living on opposite coasts Cory (New York City) and Chloe (Santa Crus California).I have been married to my husband Rich for 39 years. I am also a Beachbody coach since 2011, and enjoy nutrition, working out, and healthy cooking. You can often find me walking my 2 rescue pups in the evening.