WJC ECC offers classes for two, three and four year olds and includes extended day options for older children.
Two-year-old classes are offered 2 days, 3 days or 5 days a week for two hours and 15 minutes. Children are given as much time as necessary to feel comfortable enough to separate from parents. The days are filled with motor activities, art experiences and songs and games as well as ample time to climb and explore on the playground.
Three-year-old classes are held 5 days a week for three hours. Their developmentally appropriate curriculum stems from the children’s interest. Through this emergent curriculum, children feel valued and honored. In addition to the many activities both inside the classroom and out on the playground, children have music with our specially trained early childhood music teacher.
Four-year-old classes meet 5 days a week for 3 hours. A strong emphasis is placed on socio-emotional development. Children learn and explore in all the different curricular areas through activity centers in the classrooms and opportunities in our outdoor learning environments. Four-year-olds continue to enjoy music class once a week.
Pre-K classes meet 5 days a week from 9:00am – 12:00pm. This is the perfect transitional class for any child who has completed a 4s program but who is not quite ready for kindergarten. Children will continue to learn and explore through activity centers and outdoor play. Additionally, children will be exposed to pre-academic skills in areas of math, literacy, science and social studies. Pre-K students can participate in all extended day classes as well as their regular music class.
Extended Day Programming is offered to students in the 3s, 4s & Pre-K. Children eat lunch and engage in an enrichment activity such as: Dance & Drum, Tae Kwon Do, Fenom Fitness, Art & Mad Science.
Mommy and Me introduces toddlers ages 1-2 and a parent or caregiver to a fun, interactive class with play, socialization, music and movement on Friday mornings.
Led by an early childhood consultant and licensed psychotherapist, our Baby Group allows parents to engage in lively discussion on child rearing in a supportive environment.
Ellen Ferber, MEd., LCSW, has been working in the field of early childhood for many years as a teacher, director and consultant in early childhood programs, and currently has an independent clinical psychotherapy and consulting practice. Ellen also serves as WJC’s SEED consultant. An advanced trainee in the Parent Infant Program at Columbia, she is a long-time lover of babies one and all!
Throughout the school year, our vibrant school community hosts lively parent-only events such as the annual welcome cocktail party, as well as family events including routine community Shabbat dinners, Hanukkah Party, Purim Carnival and Passover Model Seder.