Welcome to the Woodbury Jewish Center Vivien Grossman Early Childhood Education Program!
Our goal at Woodbury Jewish Center is to give families a gift that lasts a lifetime by providing a warm, loving, nurturing community where your children will develop and thrive. Since our school opened its doors in 1993, we have seen it grow to the full and vibrant school it is today; an enhanced and developmentally appropriate environment where children are encouraged to explore and develop their curiosity through play and challenging experiences. Our classes are taught by highly educated professionals who exceed state licensing requirements and are all certified in pediatric CPR and First Aid. Our teachers participate in ongoing professional development and work together in teams to provide quality experiences for all of the children.
The most effective early childhood programs recognize and encourage parent participation and involvement in their children’s program. Communicating with parents through informal daily interactions as well as scheduled conferences provides the opportunity for meaningful parent/ child interactions and deeper partnerships between parents and staff.
We are committed to teaching Jewish values, morals, customs and traditions providing the foundation for a lifelong love of Judaism and positive Jewish identity. We are fortunate to be a part of the greater Woodbury Jewish Center community which brings the support of our Rabbi and Cantor, synagogue administrative staff, Religious Education Director, and the WJC Board of Trustees.
Our Philosophy and Goals
WJC Early Childhood Education Program focuses on the social, emotional, academic, physical, and spiritual needs of each child in a warm, stimulating, creative, and loving Jewish environment, where children learn through play to become independent, self-confident, and excited about learning. Engaging experiences are provided to encourage development in the following areas:
- Fine and Gross Motor Coordination
- Sensory Integration
- Cognitive and Adaptive Skills
- Social Emotional Development
- Language and Literacy Development
- Moral Growth and Development
The children learn about and celebrate Jewish holidays, values and customs, as well as being introduced to the Hebrew language. Shabbat is celebrated weekly and families have opportunities to celebrate with their children.
WJC’s play-based, developmental curriculum supports our philosophy and goals with emphasis on the “whole child”. Child centered learning activities are designed to match the developmental stages of each child. Daily activities are both experiential and intentional and provide a balance of quiet and active play and large and small muscle activities. There are options for both small and large group activities, and a balance of both child and teacher initiated activities. Weather permitting, children participate in daily outdoor play in our beautiful playground and outdoor learning environment and garden. In inclement weather, children play in our well-equipped indoor gym.
Activities include art expression, music, literacy and writing readiness, math activities, science exploration, language development, movement, cooking, dramatic play, block building and manipulatives, gardening and nature, multiple sensory experiences, and Judaism. Each classroom is also able to enhance curriculum through iPad technology.
Specials! Each week children experience music with music specialist, and visits from our Rabbi and Cantor. Special programs are presented during the year to enhance the children’s experiences. Pre-K classes attend several field trips during the year.
We have a low child/teacher ratio and a staff of dedicated and loving educators with extensive early childhood backgrounds and sensitivity to the needs of young children and their families. Strong emphasis is placed on continuing education and professional development in order to continually improve our program and stay abreast in the latest research in early childhood education. This involves participation in professional on-site workshops, off-site seminars, and the benefit of professional resources from our participation in the Jewish Education Project. We are licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services as a child care facility.
Communication & Parent Involvement
At WJC we have fun family programming throughout the year. Parents are informed weekly of classroom, school-wide, and synagogue activities including classroom curricula and events. Our school Director e-mails a weekly “Preschool Schmooze” and Parent/Teacher Conferences are held twice a year. Teachers e-mail photos daily sharing a “snapshot” of your child’s day at school through classroom iPads.
Hours of Operation & Age Eligibility
**BUS SERVICE IS AVAILABLE**
Toddlers (must turn 2 by December 1st): 9:30am – 12:15pm
Three Year Olds (must turn 3 by December 1st): 9:30am – 1:15pm
Four Year Olds (must turn 4 by December 1st): 9:30am - 2:30pm
Early Drop Off: 8:00am
Toddlers: 12:15 – 12:45pm
Three Year Olds: 1:15– 2:15pm
Four Year Olds: 2:30 – 3:30pm
Additional Programs Offered
- Mommy and Me: for 12-22 month olds
- Afternoon Extensions which include Cooking, Science, Young Artists, Pee Wee Sports, Gymnastics, Karate, Boppercise, Tennis, and Soccer
- Young Toddlers: begins in January for children turning 2 between Dec. 1 and March 30 of current school year
- Summer Camp Program
Registration for the following school year begins in December of the current year. A non-refundable registration fee and a non-refundable tuition deposit must be included with your application. The latter will be credited to your last two month’s tuition installment payment. All children currently enrolled in the early childhood program must register annually.
Want to learn more? Please contact us at:
516-496-9100 Ext. 103 for Director, Cindy Common
200 South Woods Road, Woodbury, NY 11797