Our Early Childhood Center seeks to encourage each child to explore the world, to relate to others socially and to be part of the group in our warm and nurturing environment.
The importance of play is tantamount to learning for young children. It is through play that children learn all they need to about life. Research has proven that play ensures growth in communication skills, it helps develop self-esteem, improves feelings of competency, and increases children’s social and emotional abilities. Play allows children to experiment with different roles and work with others. The role of the teacher is to guide, facilitate and narrate children’s play, allowing for effective communication.
The Reggio Emilia curriculum philosophy supports children’s learning through the belief that all children are not only capable of learning, but that they possess innate knowledge and inquisitiveness about the world around them. Children come into the world being curious, capable and competent, and through their interaction with their environment, they continuously construct their own knowledge. This theory is different than the belief that children are “vessels” or empty sponges that we must “fill up” with knowledge. We believe that children are inate learners, our educators fucilatate, inspire, and provoke the children to explore more, to be excited about thier own ideas, and have excitement about sharing the knowledge with others.
Our programs nurtures the whole child through the social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual arena. Learning is accomplished through many levels; play and exploration, creative thinking, socialization, problem solving, language and literacy development, math readiness, physical skill growth, motivation, and emotional well-being.
Jewish customs and traditions are at the core of our program. The holidays are taught through an integrated curriculum that encompasses music, art, dance, science, language, math and cooking. The concepts of kindness, fairness, compassion, and community are incorporated into the daily experience.
Parent participation and family involvement are an integral part of our program. Being part of a community helps the child and parent grow.