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The Joan Levin School of Early Childhood Education

457 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

(609) 921-7207


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An early childhood education program that provides each child the best possible tools for self-discovery and the understanding of his or her environment. Licensed teachers, Early Drop Off hours, Extended Day, Enrichment classes, an award winning Hebrew Immersion class, Mini Camp and Summer Camp are all options of our school's progam. Call for a visit today!

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our school is open to all. We believe that an early childhood education program should provide a warm and nurturing environment in which each child is free to explore their unique talents, abilites and interests. The children are exposed to a stimulating environment that aids in developing good self image, self confidence, and the ability to work and play with others.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught We have a certified Art teacher, Music program and Physical Education program, along with an award winning Hebrew Immersion program for our 3-5 year old students.

From the Director:

We teach to the "Whole Child". Our day includes free play, both outdoor and inside, art and crafts, language development, science, music, reading and math readiness. We also provide an environment rich in Jewish traditions. Through Jewish values, customs, holidays and storytelling a Jewish foundation is interwoven into our curriculum. Parental involvement is highly regarded in our various programs throughout the year.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Both group and individualized learning appears daily in our classrooms.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To provide an environment where children can grow and learn in every way. To provide a school where they feel happy and safe; and come running into each morning!

A Typical Day

9-9:30 Manipulative Play
9:30-9:40 Bathroom Time
9:40-9:55 Circle Time
9:55-10:10 Related Project
10:10-10:20 Snack
10:25-10:55 Outdoor or Socail Hall Play Time
10:55-11:25 Special (Art, Music, Gym)
11:-25-11:30 Bathroom Time
11:30-11:45 Storytime
11:45-12:15 Indoor Playtime
12:15-12:45 Lunch
12:45-12:55 Library/Puzzle Time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an active Parent Association and invite our parents in throughout the year to help with various school programs. Parents are openly encouraged to stop in and visit with the Director. We value our partnership along this educational experience.

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
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We provide class lists and pictures of the student's teachers in August. The teachers also make phone calls to every family in their class prior to the start of school. Summer, informal class play time is provided on our playground. The first week of school, we hold a gradual start for our younger classes and offer this for any student who may need additional time with separation.