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JCC Early Childhood Care & Education


The JCC’s Early Childhood Care & Education at the Boonshoft CJCE in Centerville offers facilities especially designed for the young child. Through sensitive direction from qualified professional teachers and low teacher to child ratios, children develop their unique personalities and learn respect and consideration for others of all backgrounds.

Learning opportunities and materials are provided for each child to help stimulate thinking, develop creativity and increase communication skills.

The Jewish component of the program imparts to all children opportunities to appreciate the positive values of Judaism at an early, impressionable age.

Sample Lesson Plans

Click the links below to view sample lesson plans from each of our classrooms. 

Shabbat Nerot

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Brachot Cheder

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Mitzvah Cheder

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Tzedakah

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Chaverim

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Mishpacha

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Gan

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What makes us different?

– Judaics: We incorporate Jewish values into daily routines and weekly lesson plans in order to encourage all children to appreciate the positive values of Judaism at an early, impressionable age.

– Teacher to Child ratios: Low teacher to child ratios ensures a harmonious classroom experience

– Continuity of Care: Children are transitioned to the next age appropriate classroom either at the end of the school year in early summer, or at the beginning of the school year in the fall. This creates a continuous class that grows and learns together, fostering friendships and classroom/teacher consistency early on.

– Electronic lesson plans: Every week, we provide parents with a weekly lesson plan via email tailored to their child’s classroom experiences for the coming week. This fosters meaningful conversations and prompts discussions about the day’s activity, so learning can continue at home.

Curriculum Goals

– To promote positive self-concept

– To respect individuality

– To encourage the development of each child’s full potential

– To promote health, physical growth, and motor development

– To develop self-expression in art, music, dance, and drama

– To broaden horizons

– To help children observe, investigate, seek, acquire information, and think critically.

Infant Room (Malachim/Angels) 6 weeks to 18 months

Our nurturing environment has a 1:3 ratio of caregiver to babies. It is our philosophy that children’s earliest experiences create who they are and what they are to become. Parents trust their little ones to our dedicated and experienced staff.

Preschool

Our learning philosophy is play-based, encouraging students learn through hands-on projects and experiences. This provides students with the opportunity to learn while having fun. We prepare our children for Kindergarten beginning when they are toddlers by linking lesson plans to the Early Learning Content standards from the State of Ohio.
 

Our learning philosophy is play-based, encouraging students learn through hands-on projects and experiences. This provides students with the opportunity to learn while having fun. We prepare our children for Kindergarten beginning when they are toddlers by linking lesson plans to the Early Learning Content standards from the State of Ohio.

We offer age appropriate learning as children develop their unique personalities. Your child has the option of attending two, three, or five full days per week. A full day for 2021-2022 school year will be 7:30AM – 5:30PM. Hours of operation could extend depending on the Covid situation.

*While our rooms are grouped by ages, children are also grouped together by assessment/skill level and space available.

Enrichment Classes

Offered Monday – Friday for children ages three through five. Specialists lead classes for fun and skills in art, dance, music, gym, science, sports, and cooking.

2020 / 2021 Sample Daily Schedule

See below for our 2020/2021 altered schedule due to COVID-19. You can also view our anticipated 2021 / 2022 schedule below this table.

2021 / 2022 School Year Sample Daily Schedule

See below for our anticipated schedule for the 2021 / 2022 School Year

K Club (Gan/Hebrew word for Kindergarten) For Kindergartners,

An energetic program designed as an after-school program for morning kindergartners. We offer daily enrichment classes to enhance the academics your child learns at school. Transportation from select local public schools may be provided.

Teacher Bios & Weekly Lesson Plans

Click the buttons below to view teacher bios and our lesson plans for this week by classroom.

Malachim

Shabbat Nerot

Brachot Cheder

Mitzvah Cheder

Tzedakah

Chaverim

Mishpacha Cheder

Gan

Administration

Early Childhood Director

Audrey Mackenzie

Phone: 937-853-0373

Email: AMackenzie@jfgd.net

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Early Childhood – The magic behind the mitzvahs

Every day in the JCC Preschool, Jewish traditions come to life. It might look like magic, but it’s absolutely due to our amazing staff of teachers and assistants.

Summer at the JCC is fun, fun, fun!

In Early Childhood, when we think of summer camp we think of fun, fun, fun! As teachers, we look forward to planning and executing our summer theme and lesson plans. It never ceases to amaze me that we can play in the pools for eight weeks every day and the children still love every minute of their time in the water (us too)!

Early Childhood by the Numbers

A look at our Early Childhood Care & Education by the numbers

Giving Back from the Very Beginning

The importance of volunteering and giving back is taught from the very beginning. Bringing in tzedakah is just one of the ways that the children learn about how they can do charitable or kind things for others.

Early Childhood Shares Big Jewish Concepts with Our Little Ones

Weekly Shabbat observance, Passover, and more key to sharing cultural values and traditions

Art Project Brings the Magic of Israel to Life

Earlier this year, several of us from the editorial staff for the Jewish Dayton Magazine were...

Interested in preschool?

Contact Audrey Mackenzie, Early Childhood Director, at amackenzie@jfgd.net and Connie Ford, Early Childhood Assistant Director, at cford@jfgd.net.

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