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Shames JCC Early Childhood Center

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“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.”

 —Loris Malaguzzi

Outdoor Learning            Emergent Curriculum      COVID-19 Attentive      

SHAMES JCC ON THE HUDSON EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
Providing in-person programs for 3’s and 4’s in the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

 

After several months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shames JCC is thrilled to return to in-person engagement and help children flourish and grow– with particular care and attention to their health and well-being. This year, children will spend a lot of time outdoors exploring the wonder of the natural world. We will use the environment and the seasons to breathe even more life into our emergent curriculum and commitment to child-led discovery.

You can download our COVID-19 policies and procedures here, and learn about what makes the Shames JCC Early Childhood Center a unique, meaningful, and developmentally appropriate choice for your child below.

At the Shames JCC Early Childhood Center, our experienced educators are dedicated to:

  • Providing a warm and caring environment that welcomes children from diverse backgrounds.
  • Guiding children’s play as they experiment, explore, create, and pursue challenging projects.
  • Encouraging children as they negotiate new relationships and form friendships.
  • Partnering with parents and families to raise healthy and confident children.
  • Gently preparing children for a more formal education in the years to come.
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EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

 

Through play, your child will learn what it means to be a giving, caring and responsible individual and will acquire the physical, intellectual and social skills he or she will need in growing up and maturing. We have an emergent curriculum in each of our age groups that spurs intellectual curiosity and responds to their individuality and interests.

We foster an appreciation of differences in both cultures and personalities while creating a curriculum that includes Jewish life, customs, holidays and values such as “Tikkun Olam,” repairing the world, by giving to those less fortunate. Central to our philosophy is a deep commitment to social-emotional growth and the belief that young children are unique individuals with agency who must play a role in guiding their own learning.

Meet the Director

Ann Zarider

Ann was selected for her deep understanding of early childhood education and curriculum development, capacity to hire, supervise, train and inspire great teachers, and their abiding commitment to raising safe, confident, and curious children.

Anne Zarider

Director of the Early Childhood Center

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“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”

 —Rachel Carson

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PARENTING PROGRAM & COMMUNITY

 

A school program is as much about creating community with parents as it is about excellent education for children.

OUR OFFERINGS FOR PARENTS INCLUDE:
  • Parenting workshops with leading experts
  • Social worker
  • Sensory Gym (re-opening of Sensory Gym TBD)
  • Parents Association
  • Social programming
  • Leadership opportunities
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We want your child’s and your family’s experience in our Early Childhood Center to be warm and wonderful. This website cannot possibly convey the atmosphere in our programs. Please contact us to hear more about our programs and meet our wonderful staff first-hand.

Please note that the JCC will be closed on Monday, September 28 in observance of Yom Kippur.