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Jewish Community Center

14855 Oka Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032

(408) 357-7417


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • lots of print, teachers taking dictation
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • real life experiences with math concepts
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • music specialist
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • gym specialist
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Children learn from play. Materials and activities are carefully selected so that children have the opportunity to interact with materials, teachers and each other. These interactions allow children to develop skills a be active participants n their own learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers know each child and meet their individual needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Preschool is. . .
A Great Beginning!

The Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center Preschool is a quality, developmental Preschool program. Each year, we look forward to welcoming children ages 18 months to 5 years old and their families to our Preschool. We work with parents to help develop the skills, values and attitudes to help the children grow to their fullest potential during the school year. Our staff is a team of warm, caring and creative individuals. Our program promotes a sense of community based on respect for others, in a Jewish environment.

At the APJCC Preschool, we strive to help children to grow in all areas of development- social, emotional, cognitive, language and motor.

A Typical Day

APJCC Preschool Provides:
* Creative, caring and nurturing staff
* Excellent child-teacher ratio
* Play-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum
* Joyful Shabbat and Jewish holiday celebrations
* Gym and music specialists
* Extended care available
* Half-day or full-day 2, 3 or 5 days per week
* Programs for toddlers, 2 year, 3 year & pre-k
* Toilet training not required

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Handling Separation: From the Director

We have an introduction day before the first day of school for the families to meet the teachers and each other. We handle adjustment issues on a case by case basis with each child.