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Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando Early Childhood Learning Center - Maitland Campus

851 North Maitland Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751

(407) 645-0923


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
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
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
Other subjects taught Spanish, Computers, Judaica, Karate, Piano, Singing, Dance, Guitar, Drama

From the Director:

Our program offers the whole package with many high-quality features, including: * Beautiful carefully designed nursery classrooms, equipped with kitchen set-ups, soft and natural lighting and an abundance of developmentally appropriate toys * Low infant-to-teacher ratio * Individualized lesson plans and schedules, so parents and teachers reinforce each other’s efforts * “Whole baby” approach to childcare, seeing the infant as a human being whose physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs must all be addressed * Developmentally appropriate curriculum offered by trained educators * All children enjoy weekly specialists in Judaic values curriculum, foreign languages, music, gross motor skills and sign language * Physical education, emphasizing gross motor skills using our tot patio fully equipped with a safe resilient surface * The JCC recognizes the importance of the child’s first three years of life. Infants and toddlers explore a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment which strengthens the child’s quest for independence and self-confidence.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Occupational therapy
Individualized education programs
Enrichment classes
Accelerated classrooms
Padded therapy room

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) strives to give each child a balanced program that is specifically tailored to the individual child. Every learning experience is designed to meet one or more of the child’s four areas to development; social and emotional, cognitive, physical and cultural. The lessons taught and reinforced at the JCC’s ECLC are carefully designed to give your child the tools needed to succeed in school, make life-long friendships, develop attitudes and values that will make them approach learning with delight and enthusiasm, and develop a healthy, positive self-concept.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Weekly e-mails to parents from teachers
Monthly newsletters from director
Parent-teacher meetings twice per year


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year