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The Woodbury Jewish Center Vivien Grossman Early Childhood Education Program prides itself on being a caring, warm, creative, developmentally appropriate school, with just the right balance of learning, play, Judaic involvement and socialization. We instill in our children the Jewish heritage by celebrating all of the Jewish holidays and Shabbat, introduction to the Hebrew language, and Jewish every day values. They are proud to be Jewish, we honor our religion, we embrace it, and hold tight to all the wonderful traditions it has given us. Our staff is uniquely talented and dedicated to their profession. We strive to help your children develop into positive, confident, capable, and creative children with a thirst for learning.
The Woodbury Jewish Center Vivien Grossman Early Childhood Education Program focuses on the social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical needs of each individual child in a warm, creative, engaging, and loving Jewish environment. It is our intent that the relationships, experiences, and memories of each child and their family be lasting ones that help pave the way for a happy and successful childhood and establish the foundation for a positive Jewish identity. We believe that play is the work of children and it our goal to partner with each family and provide an environment where each individual child can thrive, grow, and feel good about themselves. It is this partnership and solid relationship building that fosters an excitement for lifelong learning.
· To foster social, emotional, and personal growth
· To encourage each child to be independent and self-reliant
· To build on each child’s experiences to stimulate intellectual development
· To provide opportunities that foster the development of gross and fine motor skills
· To expand the development of language, literacy, science, and mathematical skills
· To encourage each child’s creativity and imagination
· To foster strong relationships, creative thinking, problem solving, positive self-esteem, and respect for self and others
· To learn about and celebrate Jewish life, values, holidays, and Shabbat
· To develop a close identity to, and positive awareness of being Jewish
· To introduce the Hebrew language
· To learn about and understand the world around us
Our child centered, play-based curriculum provides an exciting and developmentally appropriate environment that fosters learning through engaging and meaningful experiences and establishes a solid foundation for continuous growth, positive self-image, and Jewish learning. Activities include: art expression, music, literacy and writing readiness, math activities, science exploration, language development, movement, cooking, dramatic play, block building and manipulatives, gardening and nature, multiple sensory experiences, and Judaism.
Daily activities include a balance of quiet and active play and a balance of large and small muscle activities. There are options for both small and large group activities, and a balance of both child and teacher initiated activities. Weather permitting, children participate in daily outdoor play in our playground and outdoor learning environment. In inclement weather, children participate in indoor play in our well-equipped gym.
Each week children participate in music class and visits from our rabbi and cantor. Special programs are also presented during the year to enhance the children’s experiences.
NEW FOR FALL 2017! Every class will spend time daily in our Early Childhood Enrichment Classroom. Our Enrichment Specialists will enhance the children’s curriculum through multi-sensory experiences in nature, science, art, movement, and yoga in order to foster their creativity and curiosity!
Director Cindy Common along with our rabbi and cantor, plays a vital part in our Early Childhood Education Program.
We have a low child/teacher ratio and a staff of loving and dedicated certified educators with extensive Early Childhood Education backgrounds, teaching experience, and understanding of the needs of young families and children; along with outstanding staff retention. A strong emphasis is placed on professional development so that we may continually improve the quality of our program and keep current on the latest research in our field, both secularly and Judaically. We are licensed by the NYS Office of Child and Family Services and we are active participants in the Jewish Education Project of New York.
9:30am – 12:15pm, Tu/Th, M/W/F, or Monday - Friday.
Children must turn 2 on or before Dec. 1 and need not be toilet trained.
Children eat lunch at school, which can be purchased through school or brought from home. (Dairy and nut free only)
Three Year Olds:
9:30am – 1;15pm, M/W/F and Tuesday OR Thursday, or M – F.
Children must turn 3 by Dec.1.
Children eat lunch at school which can be purchased through school or brought from home. (Dairy and nut free only)
Four Year Olds:
9:30am – 2:30pm, Monday – Friday and must turn 4 by Dec. 1. Lunch may be purchased through school or brought from home. (Dairy and nut free only)
Mornings: begins at 8:am
Afternoons: Toddlers: 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Three year olds: 1:15pm – 2pm
Four year olds: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Afternoon Extensions include a variety of activities (which may be enrolled in in any combination of days) such as, Cooking, Science, Young Master Artists, Gymnastics, Yoga, Sports, Tennis, and Karate!
Busing is available for all enrolled children for both arrival and departure. Call us for more information.
Available for incoming Toddlers and Three Year Olds! This 7 week session is a fun way to acclimate your child to our school and provides a smooth transition for you and your child in a relaxed, stimulating, and nurturing atmosphere. We have a very low counselor to child ratio, spend lots of time outdoors, and enjoy special entertainment and programs.
Toddlers: 3 or 4 days a week from 10am – 1pm.
Three Year Olds: 3 or 4 days from 10am – 2pm
Morning extension available from 9 - 10am.
Two Together (Formerly Mommy and Me)
For children 12 – 22 months and their mommies, daddies, or other adult caretaker. Class meets 1 morning a week from 10am – 11:30 am. This is a wonderful opportunity to become familiar with our program and make new friends while experiencing a fun and interactive mini-preschool morning with your child. The last 30 minutes of class includes Pee Wee Pros Gymnastics.
This unique separation experience begins in January of each school year for children who will turn 2 years old by Spring of the same year. The class meets M/W/F from 9:45am – 12pm.
Call Cindy at Ext. 103 or Debbie at Ext. 100 to schedule a tour of our warm and welcoming school and our beautiful outdoor environment and playground.