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1391 Martine Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
P: 908-889-8800
F: 908-889-4070
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Preschool/Kindergarten

Preschool

  • The core of our preschool program is based on the belief that each child is competent and capable. 
  • Children, as natural learners, are full of potential and are guided to explore and question their environment in order to engage in authentic learning. 
  • We incorporate Creative Curriculum, a national research-based program which enhances children’s experiences through high-quality materials, training programs, developmental assessment, staff development and resources for parents. 
  • In our school, the integration of a Jewish expression of values and weekly Shabbat celebration also enhances the learning experience.
  • Activities enriching the classroom experiences include sessions with our studio instructors in art, Discover CATCH, yoga, music.  In addition we have an instructional swim component for our threes and up.
  • In an effort to connect the experiences between the children’s home and school life, we strive to nurture positive parent relationships.  We encourage parental participation in our classroom activities, as well as involvement in our very active Parent Committee.

Bridges - Transitional Kindergarten 

  • This exciting and progressive program is now at the JCC. Transitional Kindergarten, for children that miss the kindergarten age cut-off and children who may benefit from an extra year before moving on to kindergarten, is designed to enhance readiness for kindergarten learning.
  • We will support children’s love of learning and offer encouragement in areas that help develop social, emotional and academic skills needed to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.
  • Project-based learning units will frame the direction and scope of the curriculum in this innovative program.

Full-Day Kindergarten 

  • The JCC’s full-day kindergarten is the perfect combination of progressive academic learning and a warm, nurturing environment.
  • The curriculum focuses on the whole child.
  • Reading and literacy skills are developed through guided reading, phonemic awareness, shared reading, interactive read-alouds, creative writing and the integration of other disciplines into the reading world.
  • Everyday Math provides a hands-on approach to mathematics. Social Studies and Science stem from the children’s natural curiosities and take a project-based learning approach.
  • Jewish values, stories and culture are celebrated in kindergarten.
  • Students participate in art appreciation, physical education, music and swim instruction.
  • Kindergartners are our school’s “seniors” who learn to be responsible, accountable members of the JCC school community. They are well prepared with a strong foundation to enter first grade.

JCC Kindergarten Exploration Program (half-day p.m.)

The JCC's Kindergarten Exploration Program is a half-day afternoon kindergarten program for students enrolled in morning public school kindergarten.  This program will focus on project-based learning units in science and social studies related topics.  The program will encourage students to apply emerging literacy and math skills that are being acquired in their morning program as they explore the world around them as individuals and in learning groups.

Children will be transported from Lincoln school via JCC school bus.  They will have lunch at the JCC with their teacher and then proceed to their classroom at 12:30 p.m.  The program runs until 3:00 p.m.  Art studio time, one eight-week instructional swim session and weekly Discover Catch gym program will be incorporated into this kindergarten class.

Learning is fun!

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