Welcome to Congregation Albert’s Early Childhood Center, established in 1982. Our early childhood program strives to provide opportunities for young children between the ages of 2 and 6 to learn, play and grow together in a Jewish environment.
Developmental growth is fostered through meaningful educational experiences in a secure and nurturing setting. Our child-centered environment serves a diverse population of families, uniquely integrating Jewish culture, values and holidays as we create a community of learners. Our faculty is knowledgeable and skilled in child development and Jewish education. We are committed to addressing the individual growth and needs of our students, allowing each child to grow at his or her own pace.We are committed to making your child’s school experience a joyful and secure one.
Snow Days and School Cancellation
The Early Childhood Center follows the APS Schedule. Please consult radio or TV for school closure announcements. If APS is closed, our entire program will be closed. If APS is on an abbreviated schedule, our morning school classes (9 Am to 1 PM) will be CANCELLED. The Center will be open, however, from 11 Am to 3 PM for children enrolled in our full day or extended care programs (or 5 Pm if we have a late extended care program).
Registration for the 2016-2017 school year is now open:
Every day is Open House! Call Dale Cooperman at 883- 0306 and schedule a visit. Come learn, play and grow with us.
All About Our Classes
Together with Tots: for tots 1 -2 years of age
Fridays, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
With your tot, experience music, finger-plays, songs art and much more, all under the guidance of an early childhood educator. It is a social experience where tots are offered the opportunity to interact with peers in a relaxed and play oriented setting. This class encourages relationship development and promotes feelings of security and independence.
2 year-old Class
Our 2 year old class is often a starting point for our youngest students. This class is where they experience their first separation from their parents. Easing that separation is of utmost importance, and is accomplished through a variety of engaging and hands on experiences that are developmentally suited for learners of this age. Creativity, understanding of their environment, social skills and respect for others are key components of our curricular goals and are woven into a daily fabric of music, art, dance/movement and age appropriate Jewish holidays and Hebrew. Enrollment options include 2, 3, 5 mornings or full days.
3 year-old Class
Our 3 year olds are immersed in a program that encourages conceptual development and hands on learning. Daily engagement with language and literacy, basic math concepts, science, cooking, art, music, dramatic play, Jewish holidays and Hebrew enhance opportunities to achieve curricular goals that include the ability to move from parallel play to establishment of friendships with peers and teachers. Recognizing the needs of the individual child supports their ongoing understanding of the environment, development of social skills and respect for themselves and others. Children should be potty trained by the time they enter this program. Enrollment options include 2, 3, 5 mornings or full days.
4 year-old Class
In this class, students are 4 years of age by September 1 and they attend 5 days a week to help them prepare for a full day of kindergarten. A more structured morning reflects longer attention spans and provides a nurturing, supportive environment that cultivates the growth of the child both academically and affectively. Developmentally appropriate curriculum includes the discovery and exploration of all content areas, support of ongoing development of motor skills, integrated with Jewish holidays and Hebrew vocabulary. Children in this class can opt for a 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. or a 9:00AM - 3:00PM day.
Transitional Kindergarten/Kintergarten Class
Our transitional kindergarten/kindergarten program runs from 9AM to 3PM, Monday through Friday. Some children enrolled in this class meet the state mandated cut-off date of September 1. However, children do not have to be 5 years of age by that date, as long as they are 5 by the end of the calendar year.
For those who do not meet this cut-off date, this program can be the first year of a two-year transitional kindergarten program that implements a kindergarten curicculum - a cirriculum that is continually modified to be age and developmentally appropriate. Within the constructs of this cirriculum, attention is also given to components of the Common Core requirements in public school settings.
For all of our students, we thoughtfully integrate academic and creative components, essential in development of the "whole" child. Smaller class size also enhances learning opportunites, helping us meet the needs of the students, with respect to both chronological and developmental age and ability.
Above all, we support the child in the development of the habit of success.
"A whole child approach, which ensures that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged,
sets the standard for comprehensive,
sustainable school improvement and provides for long-term student success."
( The Association for Supervision and Cirriculum Development)
Extended Care Program
In addition to our school classes which run from 9:00AM to 1:00PM or 9:00AM to 3:00PM each day, we offer extended care from 8:00AM until 9:00AM, and from 3:00PM until 4:00PM daily.
Every Friday, the Early Childhood Center celebrates Shabbat as an entire school. Children participate in the lighting of the Sabbath candles and the blessings over wine (grape juice) and challah (braided bread). Cantor Barbara R. Finn and teachers then lead singing and story-telling. Parents are welcome to join us each Friday morning at 9:30AM for this fun celebration.
Fall registration for the Early Childhood Center is always open!
Contact the ECC Coordinator, Dale Cooperman at 883-0306 for more information.
Come Learn, Play and Grow with us!