Early Childhood




School, Camp & Childcare • Early Childhood

Early Childhood Program/Children’s Garden Center: Two Locations  

Ages 1-5
September to June

With waiting lists year after year, it’s no wonder that our ECP programs are “A Cut Above” what you will find elsewhere.  We strive to build confidence and skills and encourage questioning minds. Through play, children learn what it means to be giving and caring as they acquire the physical, intellectual and social skills they will need as they grow up. We have an emergent curriculum that spurs intellectual curiosity and reflects a continuity of content and skills at each grade level—2’S, 3’S and 4’S. Children engage in sports, dance, crafts, playground activities, painting, storytelling, building and much more. In addition to our core curriculum, we offer a “Turning 2’s” program and we recently added a “Wonderous Ones” program for one year olds and their caregiver.

Our ECP Program, like all programs at the Shames JCC, welcomes all faiths and backgrounds. We foster an appreciation of differences in both culture and personality as we also celebrate Jewish customs, holidays and values.

We offer extended day and early arrival to accommodate working parents as well as those who stay at home. Children can stay for lunch and then be escorted to a variety of after school enrichment classes. Families are encouraged to join their children in the classroom for a day of baking, birthday celebration, or other special event. Our active parent committees and family involvement create a strong sense of community and fosters lasting relationships.

For more information about the Early Childhood Program, please contact Director Ann Zarider at 914-366-7898 and for the Children’s Garden Center, Director Kathy Meladossi at 914-631-1607.

Ann Zarider

Director of Early Childhood Program

(914) 366-7898 x1112

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Kathy Meladossi

Director of Children’s Garden Center

(914) 631-1607

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6 months-8 years

Monday- Friday, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
1 hour minimum, 2 hours maximum per day.
For children under the age of 1 year old, the maximum stay is 1.5 hours.

*Non-members may use Kidspace for up to 30 hours or 3 months (whichever comes first), after which a Family Membership at any level will be required to continue. New & improved Kidspace room in new building

Pre-registration is required.  Please call Kidspace Coordinator Alice Meisel to reserve a spot for your child. Space is limited.

Whether you are taking a fitness class, need to drop off your child as you run errands or simply want some down time, Kidspace is here for you. Children play and socialize under the nurturing care of a highly-trained, professional staff.

Join us in our new building, in our new and improved space.

Kidspace is an Allergy Aware environment!
To ensure the safety of all of our children, no outside food is allowed in kidspace.
Bottles, sippy cups, and commercially packaged baby food are the only exceptions.


Alice Meisel

Director of Kidspace Hourly Childcare

(914) 366-7898 x1152

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