ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
It is our intention to foster a nurturing environment of open-ended exploration, curiosity and growth for children, teachers, and parents that deepens our connections to Judaism, the community, and the world around us.
The Washington DCJCC Preschool is proud of our commitment to a child-centered, emergent curriculum that promotes a collaborative learning environment for our children, teachers, and parents. Our program provides a day full of learning, enrichment and fun for children ages 2–5, from 7:30 am–4:15 pm with the additional option of aftercare until 6:00 pm.
We believe that children can communicate in a “hundred different languages” with the written and spoken word, drawings, paintings, sculptures in clay and other materials, block construction, light, dance, music, movement and much more. We are committed to values based on an image of children as curious, competent and capable of co-constructing knowledge.
Our caring teachers work together to help the children express themselves. Through observation, our teachers design in-depth investigations that emerge from the children's ideas and interests. Documentation shows the process of the children’s' work and highlights the discoveries that have grown from their explorations. This includes samples of the children's work, photographs, drawings and transcripts of their conversations.
Our environment itself provides the message that our program values the quality and instructive power of space. Our rooms are warm and welcoming and provide carefully designed spaces that encourage active exploration and creativity as well as areas that encourage reflection and concentration. We encourage them to use all of the available materials in their discovery process. In addition to these, our facility includes child-size bathrooms, a spacious gym, a movement area with soft play equipment, a dance studio, and a swimming pool.
We invite you to visit our classrooms to see the children at play and to view the documentation of their processes and products. The children love seeing their progress, and you will too!