The JCC’s Brody Family Early Learning Center is committed to excellence in education and to providing a safe nurturing environment for all of our children. We are inspired by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia which supports each participant in the learning process as a competent, capable learner. The program is designed to allow children to flourish as they interact with both their physical and social environments.
From our infant and toddler classes through kindergarten, our curriculum for each age group provides experiences that are meaningful and authentic and respond to the interests and creativity of both the children and the staff. Our school celebrates many perspectives and integrates a Jewish expression of values into learning and living. We view the partnership between our families and our school as essential and important. An active, engaged parent committee provides opportunities for involvement in school events, classroom happenings, special projects and the giving of tzedakah (charity).
Our staff is comprised of certified and accomplished teachers and assistants who all share a progressive early learning philosophy. Continual professional development and learning keep their understanding of early childhood education and developmentally appropriate practices fresh. Our teachers inspire children to ask questions. On our team are qualified administrators and learning coordinators who provide support, direction and remediation for our staff, parents and students.
The spacious and bright Brody Family Early Learning Center is filled with welcoming and stimulating classrooms. Each room includes comprehensive areas that support exploratory learning and creative expression. Being in a JCC also affords our students unique opportunities not found in other schools, including swim lessons in our heated indoor pool, a full-sized gymnasium,a large outdoor playground and a working garden.
The Brody Family Early Learning Center is a Sheva Cornerstone School!
Sheva is JCC Association's signature program for JCC early childhood centers. The succes of early childhood education depends not only on the educator, but on the combined efforts of everyone involved in the program, including the children, famililes and the program directors.
Sheva means seven in Hebrew, and the Sheva program includes seven core elements that are firmly rooted in the latest research on child development.
1. Children as Constructivist Learners
2. Early Childhood Directors as Visionaries
3. Early Childhood Educators as Professionals
4. Families as Engaged Partners
5. Environments as Inspiration for Inquiry
6. Discover CATCH as Sh'mirat HaGuf (taking care of our bodies)
7. Israel as the Story of the Jewish People
Discover CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Children’s Health), the child wellness initiative from the JCC Association, focuses on developing healthy activity and nutritional habits in very young children with the goal of having them embrace those good habits as they grow up. Discover CATCH also integrates Jewish values into the program’s activities with the focus on fun. The Brody Family Early Learning Center now includes Discover CATCH as part of our physical education to foster a love of physical activity and healthy eating habits in our younger children. Our trained staff guide children through exercise, developing locomotor, non-locomotor and manipulative skills in a series of age-appropriate, non-competitive activities. We promote an environment where physical activity as well as health education and healthy eating behaviors are valued and taught so our community’s youngest members embark on a lifelong path of health and caring for their bodies and souls.
The JCC Preschool and Kindergarten are NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited. Both have also been named Sheva Learning Community Cornerstone Schools by the JCCA of North America. Sheva (seven) is comprised of seven core elements which identify and distinguish the school as a progressive, dynamic and excellent learning community which identifies with constructivist learning philosophies and is inspired by Jewish expressions of values.