The Jewish Community Center of Central NJ’s Brody Family Early Learning Center is committed to excellence in education and providing a safe, nurturing environment. We are inspired by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia which supports each participant in the learning process as a competent, capable learner. Children flourish as they interact with their physical and social environments. Our curriculum provides experiences that are meaningful and authentic. Our school celebrates many perspectives and integrates a Jewish expression of values into learning and living.
6-24 MONTHS: In our infant play group, child and parent (or caregiver) spend time learning together and getting to know new friends. In K’ton Ton Kids, 18-24 month toddlers play together after a transition to separation from their parent or caregiver. Activities change as children develop and grow.
PRE-SCHOOL: 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.
BRIDGES, A TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN: For children who miss the kindergarten cut-off and children who may benefit from an extra year before moving on to kindergarten, Bridges is designed to enhance readiness for kindergarten learning. We support children’s love of learning and offer encouragement in areas that help develop social, emotional and academic skills.
KINDERGARTEN: Full-Day Kindergarten for 5 and 6 year olds combines a progressive academic curriculum and a warm and nurturing environment. 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 are also part of the program. Also included are Jewish programming, art appreciation, music, fitness and swim.
KINDERGARTEN WRAP: We also offer a half-day kindergarten wrap-around program for children attending morning public school kindergarten. Wrap is academic-based and centers around the "Wrap Around the World" theme which provides children with a virtual multicultural trip to various countries. Language, art, music and cooking are incorporated into the curriculum. There is also a weekly Shabbat celebration and weekly swim instruction in the JCC's indoor pool. Supervised bus transportation is available from many area schools.
KID-ZONE: Kid Zone is a state-licensed, secular, safe after school program for ages 3 through 8th grade. It is offered Monday through Friday with the option to choose the full week or specific days. The program runs from 2:30 – 6:00 p.m. for 3 – 4 year olds and from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. for kindergartners through 8th graders. Children are placed in different classrooms depending on their age and grade. Certified teachers and college-aged assistants staff each classroom and provide individualized homework assistance and supervision. Bus transportation is provided from area schools.
VACATION ZONE: The JCC’s Vacation Zone program, which has both preschool and grade school options, is a great way for your child to spend his or her school vacation days.