We offer weekday morning-only and full-day options in the Infant-Toddler Program to accommodate your family’s needs throughout the day.
The Infant-Toddler classes are unique in that six-month-old through three-year-old children are integrated into “family groupings” rather than being divided by age levels. This organization enriches the experience of both staff and students and provides many opportunities for children at different developmental stages to learn from and enjoy each other. It is as important for older toddlers to have opportunities to be nurturing “big kids” as it is for the youngest children to be stimulated by the example of their elder peers.
The Preschool Program provides morning-only and full-day options for children from ages 32 months to pre-kindergarten.
Each class has a teaching team made up of a head teacher and one or two assistants, depending on the size of the group. Classrooms are set up with activity centers where children are encouraged and helped to choose from activities such as blocks, painting, puzzles, and other small manipulatives, books, art projects, dress-up imaginative play, and work on special classroom themes. Circle time provides opportunities for the whole group to meet together to sing, talk, read a story, or participate in a special group activity.
Each Early Childhood Program class meets with the music teacher for a half hour every other week for special singing and games, and with our Hebrew language specialist every week. Each class celebrates Shabbat on Friday mornings in an age-appropriate way, including songs and rituals. The Rabbi of Germantown Jewish Centre meets with the children to help celebrate Shabbat and holidays. He can often be seen in the classrooms joining in a holiday celebration with the children or sharing a story with them.