Early Childhood Education

Our Early Childhood Education Center is a caring, creative and developmentally appropriate school with just the right balance of learning, play and socialization. We have a variety of classes for children ranging from three months to four years. 

The Director of our Early Childhood Program is Cindy Common, assisted by Debbie Loeb. Please contact them for a tour of our wonderful school and our beautiful outdoor environment and playground.

To reach them, call 516-496-9100 x100 or email nsdirector@woodburyjc.org.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

 Toddler Program

For children that turn 2 years old on or before December 1st. Children may attend 2, 3 or 5 days per week.

 Three Year Olds

Children must turn 3 years old by December 1st. Children may attend 4 or 5 days per week.

 Four Year Olds

Children must turn 4 years old by December 1st. This is a 5 day per week program.

 Two Together

For children 3 – 22 months and their mommies, daddies or other adult caretaker. Make new friends while experiencing a fun and interactive mini-preschool morning. The last 30 minutes of class includes Pee Wee Pros Gymnastics. This class meets 1 morning a week.

Babies and Bagels

For children 3 – 12 months and their mommies or daddies. A great way to meet other new parents, share ideas, hear from experts and have a nosh while enjoying fun activities with your little one. The class meets 1 morning a week.

 Young Toddlers

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 3 mornings each week.

 Summer Camp

Incoming Toddlers enjoy 7 weeks in a relaxed, stimulating and nurturing atmosphere with a very low counselor to child ratio, lots of time outdoors and special entertainment and programs. Camp is available 3 or 4 days per week.

Extended Hours and Busing

We offer Extended Hours for early drop off and late pick up and a variety of Afternoon Extension Programs including Cooking, Science, Young Master Artists, Yoga, Sports, Creative Movement, Soccer and Karate. Busing is available for all enrolled children for both arrival and departure. 

OUR GOALS
  • Foster social, emotional and personal growth;
  • Encourage each child to be independent and self-reliant;
  • Build on each child’s experiences to stimulate intellectual development;
  • Provide opportunities for the development of gross and fine motor skills;
  • Expand the development of language, literacy, science and mathematical skills;
  • Encourage each child’s creativity and imagination;
  • Foster strong relationships, creative thinking, problem solving, positive self-esteem and respect for self and others;
  • Learn about and celebrate Jewish life, values, holidays and Shabbat;
  • Develop a close identity to, and positive awareness of, being Jewish;
  • Introduce the Hebrew language;
  • Learn about and understand the world around us
OUR CURRICULUM

Our child centered, play-based curriculum provides an exciting and developmentally appropriate environment that fosters learning through meaningful experiences and establishes a solid foundation for continuous growth, positive self-image and Jewish learning.  Activities include:

  • Art expression, music and cooking;
  • Literacy and writing readiness;
  • Math activities and science exploration;
  • Language development and dramatic play;
  • Movement, block building and manipulatives;
  • Gardening and nature experiences;
  • STEAM classroom;
  • Weekly music teacher; 
  • Weekly visits by Rabbi Fruithandler and Cantor Cohen;
  • Schoolwide Shabbat celebrations; and
  • Special programs and trips to enhance the learning experiences.
OUR STAFF

Along with our Director, Cindy Common, and assistant Debbie Loeb, we have a low child to 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. Our staff retention rate is outstanding. 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. 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.

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