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JCC Early Childhood Center

334 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023

(646) 505-4400


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

I feel the JCC incorporates both free time with structured activities.

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
  • An incredible selection of books
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Blocks, Magnets, much more,
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Easels, great art supplies
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
  • Pet rabbits, classroom family tree
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CDs
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • An incredible fish tank in the common space
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
  • Access to an incredible gymnasium and outdoor rooftop space.
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

The JCC has an incredible facility. The gymnasium and outdoor rooftop allow for both structured play time, sports class once a week, as well as free play. The common space houses the library as well as structured yoga instruction and concerts.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The JCC is both progressive as well as structured, in my opinion. There is an overlap of both philosophies. Children have free time to play with different stations set up in the room, as well as set activities, such as sports, music, Jewish studies, yoga and many more.

A Typical Day

There is free play, structured time with specific activities and story time.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year