Early Childhood Center
The Early Childhood Center @ OJC offers a quality program in a very positive child centered environment. This is far more than just another pre-school program. Your child will begin their school experience in a very warm, friendly environment, carefully geared to the individual and unique needs of each child by qualified staff. As required by our NYS License, these professionals are continually learning new techniques and practices through various workshops and training sessions to better your child’s learning experience at our school.
Children are taught to solve problems independently, to appreciate one another and are encouraged to work and play cooperatively, while living and learning about our rich Jewish heritage.
Mommy & Me
A stimulating and joyful experience for parents/caregivers and their growing children. Through social interaction we build an atmosphere that fosters close adult/child bonding. Included in the program are music, crafts, play, and tumbling. Intended for 13 – 22 month old children, this program creates an opportunity to give the children a sense of independence and self-confidence through the development of new skills.
This specially designed two-day per week Pre-Nursery experience is geared toward the younger 2-year old. Separation is dealt with in a very gradual, non-pressured way with adults leaving the room only when the children are ready. Children are guided by an experienced teacher and assistant in a variety of creative and stimulating activities. Separation occurs at such time as the teacher and parent/caregiver feel the child is ready and comfortable. At this point, a third day each week may be added.
Tot (2-Yr Old) Program
This program gives young children a sense of independence and self-confidence through age-appropriate activities in a warm and caring atmosphere. For many children this is an introduction to groups. Every child is unique and develops language, motor, and cognitive skills at different rates. We provide a variety of hands-on experiences and encourage each child to develop at his or her own pace. Children learn the appreciation of music, art, dance, and movement. We encourage creativity and imagination, social skills and respect for self and others. The children learn Hebrew songs and prayers as they celebrate Shabbat and other Jewish holidays. In addition we provide support and encouragement for toilet training.
3-Year Old Program
This fun-filled program encourages each child to develop and perform at his or her fullest potential, stressing conceptual skills and hands-on learning experiences. Self-selected activities allow the children to utilize all their senses to explore their environment. The use of a variety of materials enables the children to enhance their understanding of language and introduces them to number concepts, science, cooking and music. A weekly computer class is also taught. We also provide an introduction to Shabbat services, Jewish celebrations, daily prayers, and Hebrew language.
4-Year Old Program
This Pre-Kindergarten program prepares children for success by allowing them to make choices and engage in problem solving activities in order to develop self-confidence and competence. Sharing and participation in groups are some of the social skills encouraged through classroom projects and activities. Snack preparation and classroom clean-up helps develop a sense of responsibly. Exposure to the Jewish holidays, weekly Shabbat services, and daily prayer give your children an appreciation of religious ritual. Weekly meetings with the Rabbi in the Sanctuary feature Jewish songs and stories. Activities in the classroom and on the playground strengthen motor skills, and the religious activities develop and enhance moral and ethical values. Music and computer classes are a special part of our 4-year old program. This Pre-K curriculum will provide your child with the tools to be successful in kindergarten.