1391 Martine Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Ph: 908-889-8800

Infants and Toddlers

Infant and Toddler Care and Learning at the Brody Family Early Learning Center

Infant Program
6 weeks - 16 months

Our Philosophy
We believe that infants need to explore - that is how they learn - and that learning is fostered by our responsive teachers who observe and create an inspiring environment.  We value each and every infant's individual needs and personalities and are committed to providing the best care to suite those needs.  We emphasize all caregiving experiences, even feeding and diapering, as they all should be important times of unhurried interaction so each and every infant feels secure and nurtured in our safe and warm environment.

What Every Parent Needs to Know

  • We are open Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and offer 3- and 5-day options for infants.
  • We welcome infants 6 weeks to 16 months.
  • We provide an exceptional adult to infant ratio – above industry standards.
  • We care for infants in a state-of-the-art, developmentally appropriate learning environment.
  • We have a Vacation Day Program during our Winter and Spring breaks for enrolled children only when Infant Care is not in session.  This is a per day cost; children attend this program in their assigned rooms.  Please contact Jeannine Weiss at 908-889-8800 x252 or jweiss@jccnj.org for more information.

Our Pledge to Parents
Partners in Care

We work together to develop and modify a daily schedule that includes ample play­time, cozy nap times and secure feeding times.

Two-Way Open Communication
We understand the critical importance of keeping you informed about your baby’s day. Parents will receive a daily written report of feeding, sleeping, diapering and play activities. We will share learning stories and all important observations in a timely manner.

A Safe and Stimulating Environment
The infant room is designed for exploration and learning. We comply with strict regulations governing the space and equipment in the room. Our teachers are trained observers and recognize the importance of a safe environment.

Responsive Staff
Our staff is warm and responsive to your baby’s needs. They are not only care­givers; they are trained infant teachers who read to, talk to and sing to babies in order to encourage language development. A balance of planned and spontaneous activities will help your baby grow.

To learn more about our Infant program, contact Jeannine Weiss, Infant Care Coordinator, at 908-889-8800 x252 or jweiss@jccnj.org.

Click here for our 2017-18 rates and registration forms.

Toddler Program
16 - 24 months

  • Our Toddler Program is geared toward toddlers 16-24 months. It is a 5-day program.
  • Days and hours of the Toddler Program are Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • The Toddler Program is a 12-month program.
  • The toddler room is a developmentally appropriate learning environment, furnished with state-of-the-art equipment.  The curriculum is age-appropriate, and parent conferences are conducted during the year.
  • The staff, which includes a lead teacher with experienced assistants, provides exceptional care and attention.
  • We have a Vacation Day Program during our Winter and Spring breaks for enrolled children only when Toddler Care is not in session.  This is a per day cost; children attend this program in their assigned rooms.  Please contact Jeannine Weiss at 908-889-8800 x252 or jweiss@jccnj.org for more information.

Click here for our 2017-18 rates and registration forms.

Infant and Toddler Vacation Day Option 2017-18

Wednesday, December 27, Thursday, December 28, Friday, December 29
Monday, April 2, Tuesday, April 3, Wednesday, April 4, Thursday, April 5, Friday, April 6

  • $75/day
  • For currently enrolled students only
  • 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Book one month in advance please

Free Infant Playgroup

For parents and caregivers with babies 2 months and older
Thursdays • 9:15 - 10:00 a.m. • Weinberg C (unless otherwise noted) • during the school year
FREE and open to the community!
Start building the foundations for some great friendships.  Connect with other parents and babies and make new friends!  We will invite special guests to come meet with the group weekly.
Upcoming Schedule
September 28 - Meet and Greet; learn about Mommy & Me Enrichment class
October 5 - JCC Closed
October 12 - JCC Closed
October 19 - Music with Miss Randi
October 26 - Music Together with Miss Judy Wilson
November 2 - Peasful Kitchen - learn about baby's first foods and get great recipes
November 9 - TBD
November 16 - Swap Day - bring in formulas, foods, clothes and toys that your child no longer uses buy another child may!
November 23 - JCC Closed
November 30 - TBD
December 7 - My Gym 

For questions and to RSVP, please contact Jeannine at 908-889-8800 x252 or jweiss@jccnj.org

Ellen Geller Drop-In Childcare Center

The Ellen Geller Drop-In Childcare Center is a warm, safe and stimulating “drop in” childcare option for children ages 7 weeks through 7 years. 

Drop-In childcare is staffed by mature, qualified, certified teachers and teaching assistants. Parents do not need to stay in the building while their children are at Drop-In, making it the perfect place for the kids while you are busy exercising in our state-of-the-art Fitness Center, attending a JCC program or running errands. 

Drop-In spaces provide large areas for children to play.  Drop-In childcare features age-appropriate interactive activities for all children. From infant tactile mats and nesting circles to our staff-guided activities such as arts & crafts and dramatic play, you can feel comfortable knowing that your children are well cared for in our clean, safe and fun environment. 

Ellen Geller Drop-In Childcare Center Hours

Drop-In News!

From Monday, June 19 - Saturday, June 24, Drop-In will be available 8:30 -11:30 a.m.  Drop-In will be closed from Sunday, June 25 - Friday, June 30.  

Beginning the weekend of Saturday, July 1, Drop-In hours will be Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Please note:
There will be no Drop-In Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27 and Saturday and Sunday, September 2 and 3.
All pre-purchased hours must be used before the end of the summer.

Hours are subject to change based on school holiday and Jewish holiday schedules.

Ellen Geller Drop-In Childcare Center Cost

$6.00 per hour per child
Please note that there is a 2-hour time limit in the Ellen Geller Drop-In Childcare Center.  Purchase Drop-In hours at our Member Services Desk.
Frequent user?  Consider a Drop-In "Gold" card - $600/child for unlimited drop-in use for the ten month school year. 

The Ellen Geller Drop-In Childcare Center is named in memory of Ellen Geller, a beloved JCC staff member who inspired and nurtured children under her care.

Ellen Geller Drop-In Childcare Center Policies and Procedures

Drop-In  Hours:  Drop-In hours or the Drop In Gold card can be purchased at the Member Services desk.  The Drop-In manager will keep records of family hours used and their balances. She will email families when their balance is low.

Sign In/Out:  All parents are required to check in with a staff member and sign their child(ren) out by signature. 

Release of Children: In cases where someone other than the drop off parent /escort will be picking up child, we require a written note from the parent and a  photo ID from the designated escort. 

Diapering and Hygiene: All children entering Drop-In must have a clean diaper or pull up at  time of drop off.  Please send in extra diapers. Kindly discuss your child's anticipated diapering needs with staff, it is always helpful.  Please refrain from bringing items from home with the exception of pacifiers. 

Food and Snacks:  The JCC does not provide any type of food or snacks while your child is in our care. You may bring in a nut-free dairy snack for your child. Please provide a bag or lunch container and be sure to label all snack containers or bags.

Sick Policy:  When children are ill, the JCC is unable to provide care for them. Illnesses include but are not limited to fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes of unknown origin, cold, etc.  Please make sure that your child is free of any of  the aforementioned illnesses for at  least 24 hours before bringing them to Play Zone. We reserve the right to deny access to a child who is ill or symptomatic.

NJ Licensing Standards: Drop-In is a "drop in" babysitting service at the JCC and we strictly adhere to the teacher/child ratio of New Jersey.  If we have reached maximum capacity for the room, we will kindly ask you to check back in with us as children are continuously signed in and out of the room.  Safety of the children is our primary concern at the JCC.