Early Childhood Center

The Early Childhood Center at Congregation Kol Ami offers educational programs designed to meet the developmental needs of the whole child in a warm and nurturing environment. Our philosophy is based on a comprehensive theory of child development, which recognizes the equal importance of cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth of the well being of the young child. Collectively, we emphasize an experience rich in Jewish culture, tradition, and values.

 

Children need to successfully separate from home and transfer trust from family to school. Establishing a first outside-the-home experience, we provide a secure child-centered “second home” to foster self-confidence and self-esteem.

 

Our curriculum is based on the concept that young children learn best by active exploration. This is accomplished through music, movement and art. Therefore, curriculum is partly determined by the child’s own interests. Teachers initiate activities and assist children to expand their information and interact with peers and adults.

 

Each child is seen as an individual in order to enhance their sense of self-worth. Our school provides the child with an opportunity to investigate a wide variety of educational materials to encourage a climate for growth.

 

The goals of the Early Childhood Center at Congregation Kol Ami are to:

  • Ensure individual learning experiences appropriate to each child’s maturational level.
  • Support the rewarding and difficult task of beginning and sustaining relationships with other children and adults.
  • Encourage independent action and thought while respecting the needs and feelings of others.
  • Foster feelings of mastery.
  • Stimulate learning to discover personal meaning.
  • Create an environment rich in Jewish culture and tradition for both the child and the family.


Early Childhood Center:
856-489-0034

Laura Hoffman, M.Ed., Director of Early Childhood Education
Liz Kramer-Dunn, Assistant to the ECC Director, Camp Coordinator
Jeanie Wood, EACC Administrative Assistant

 

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Infants/Guppies

Ages: Up to 12 months

Full Care 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Our bright, spacious infant room opens up the world of learning for even our littlest students! Our nurturing staff provides a safe and happy environment that children and parents trust. They also provide wonderful opportunities for movement, communication, and exploration. All students develop at their own pace while teachers encourage reaching each developmental milestone.

Toddlers/Duckies

Ages: 12-24 months

Full Care 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Half Day 9:00-11:45 am, Tuesday & Thursday

Our toddlers have an open classroom to explore, discovering the ability to walk and talk. They are given the opportunity to collaborate with other children while learning to enjoy activities that encourage their own independence. Our caring teachers show children how to learn by doing. These toddlers are given a safe space to try new things.

January Twos

Ages: 22 months before January 1

Half Day 9:00-11:45 am, Monday & Wednesday

This program is two days a week for children 22 months by January 1, that will introduce them to the Preschool world. This program will encourage children to meet their developmental milestones through social interaction and guided learning activities. (Children do NOT need to be potty-trained to attend.)

*There is an additional trip fee applied to tuition.

2-Year-Olds / Sprouts

School Year (40 weeks)/Full Year (50 weeks)
Half Day 9:00-11:45 am
Optional Lunch Program 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Full Day
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Full Care 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Our two-year-old curriculum allows our children to develop the skills needed to navigate a classroom. Encouraging self-help skills allows our little learners opportunities to gain independence. Their developing personalities comes through while exploring, touching and playing in the classroom. Music, movement, art, STEM, and dramatic play are integral parts of this program. (Children do NOT need to be potty-trained to attend.)

3-Year-Olds / Mouseketeers

School Year (40 weeks)/Full Year (50 weeks)
Half Day 9:00-11:45 am
Full Day 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Three- or Five-day care program options
Optional Lunch Program 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Full Care 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Activities focus around a three-year-old’s natural curiosity to learn about the world around them. Mathematical concepts, literature, and science are all explored through experimental activities. The three-year-old’s academic and social skills will be enhanced as their formal learning develops. The children engage daily in guided learning to help meet their developmental goals. (Children do NOT need to be potty-trained to attend.)

4-Year-Olds / Superstars

School Year (40 weeks)/Full Year (50 weeks)
Half Day 9:00-11:45 am
Full Day 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Three- or Five-Day Care Program Options
Optional Lunch Program 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Full Care 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

“The Fours’” curriculum is a one-of-a-kind trip-based curriculum that emphasizes academic concepts during learning activities both inside and outside of our facility. We prepare your child for future educational success through programs in literacy, handwriting, mathematics, STEM, creativity, problem-solving, and language expression. (Children MUST be potty-trained to attend.)