About Our Child Development Center
The JCC Child Development Center opened August 24, 1998. Two years later, it was licensed as a five-star center. The center was originally NAEYC accredited in August 2002 and once again received NAEYC accreditation in April 2009.
Because the center is located on a college campus, the children are introduced to many exciting learning opportunities such as story time at the library, performances at The Paul A. Johnston Auditorium, and field trips to The Frank Creech Art Gallery and various departments around campus.
In addition to providing an exciting and developmentally appropriate learning environment for our young children to explore and grow, the center is also a “Teaching Lab” for adult students in the JCC Early Childhood Education program as well as other students at JCC and throughout the community. Specifically, adult students/ community providers are learning how to work with young children in helping them develop their cognitive skills, social & emotional skills, language skills and motor skills. The community uses our center as a resource for demonstrating “best practice” in the field. We are often observed by other centers/teachers/ community therapists/ childcare service providers in demonstrating effective teaching strategies and how to guide children’s growth and development appropriately. Each classroom has a one-way mirror observation booth with an audio system for unobtrusively viewing/observing the children and often capturing video for developmental documentation of the children and for educational / teaching purposes. We pride ourselves in partnering with the families in making this experience a holistic one and having an open-door policy to all families and encouraging family participation in our classrooms/ decision making.
Our center utilizes Creative Curriculum: Teaching Strategies for Early Childhood - which is “child centered” on their individual needs and interests and is “widely regarded as a forward-thinking, comprehensive, rigorously researched curriculum approach that honors creativity and respects the role that teachers play in making learning exciting and relevant for every child.” We study themes/ topics that the children demonstrate interest in and through those themes they learn social/emotional skills (such as emotion recognition, emotion management, empathy, & navigating socially in a classroom, i.e. sharing/ problem solving), academic skills (such as pre-math skills, early literacy skills & language development), cognitive skills (problem solving, critical thinking) and gross/fine motor development and refining.
The JCC Child Development Center believes that imposing worksheets/homework on young children is inappropriate. Instead, they will learn at their own pace through engagement in the classroom, experiences with peers, through navigating their social world, through experimenting with concepts, ideas and through essentially “owning” what they want to learn at their own pace and development level. By the time our children leave the center, they are more than fully prepared to enter “big school” writing their letters/names, knowing their numbers and other “academic” concepts, but most importantly- having the emotional control and the social capability to interact and navigate kindergarten successfully. We believe that a solid foundation of social and emotional development can be the absolute key to later academic success.
You are always welcome to come by and visit us and meet our staff:
- Director: Amy M. Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Teacher: Mary “Jodi” Harper , email@example.com
- Teacher: Sarah Ferguson, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Assistant Teacher: Lisa Rivera, email@example.com
- Assistant Teacher: Heather Forster, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Substitute Teacher: Karin Foster