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Early Childhood

Our Early Childhood Education (ECE) program engages children in activities that promote creativity, accelerate learning and stimulate social interaction. Everything we do is focused on developing skills for life and ensuring every child is well-prepared academically and socially for the years ahead.

Tours

Tours of our Early Childhood Education program are available:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am-Noon
  • Wednesdays 4-5 pm.

Tours must be scheduled in advance.

To schedule, or for more information, contact Erica Johnson at (317)715-9235 or ejohnson@JCCindy.org.

Registration & Waitlist forms can be found here.

Infants, Toddlers & Twos

Full-time Only

The JCC offers care for our youngest members. Our Infant through Two’s program is full-time only and a JCC membership is required. Each of our classrooms offer unique experiences.

Infants

In our infant program, parents provide diapers, wipes and baby food for meals and snacks. Our infant rooms are designed to promote continuity of care from 6 weeks through toddlerhood. Based on your child’s birthday and our school-wide transition plan, your child may be enrolled in one of our infant classrooms up to 20 months of age. Our program offers individualized care in regards to your child’s schedule as well as helping them prepare to move into our Ones and Toddler program by participating in a group schedule such as meal and nap times.

Our youngest students are able to take advantage of our beautiful facilities and outside campus through interactive buggy rides, outside experiences on one of our infant and toddler playgrounds and the opportunity to splash and play at our Eskenazi Water Park during the summer. Starting in our Infant program, our teachers implement the creative curriculum as part of their lesson planning and turn your child’s everyday experiences into learning moments.

Ones/Toddlers

In our Ones and Toddlers program, parents provide diapers and wipes. Once your child enters into our Ones and Toddlers program, based on our school-wide transition plan, we incorporate a group schedule for meal and nap times. The children participate in a scheduled gym and swim class once per week as well as experience the Eskenazi Water Park during summer.

Our teachers add in different learning experiences for our Ones and Toddlers. We continue to focus on social and emotional development as well as add in learning activities to strengthen their language and cognitive development. The foundation of our learning is through play-based activities.

Two’s

In our Two’s program, we work to embrace our learning through play with the introduction of learning centers. Our Two’s program offers many types of hands-on learning centers such as art, music, manipulatives, home living and blocks to name a few. Our teachers creatively develop the lesson plans based on the interest of the children utilizing themes or letters of the week. Our Two’s will continue with group swim and gym time. A big focus is toilet training. We work closely with families to provide the consistency between home and school when working on this important self-help skill.

Preschool

Full and part-time options available.

Pre-School

Welcome to Preschool! Children enter one of our preschool classrooms between the ages of 2 1/2 through turning age 4 based on our school-wide transition plans. Our preschool classrooms participate in weekly gym and swim classes. Teachers create lesson plans that embrace the learning-through-play teaching method to engage children in activities that promote creativity, accelerate learning and stimulate social interaction, all at each child’s individual pace. Creative expression opportunities are provided daily in our Music/Movement and Art Centers. The JCC Early Childhood Education program also collaborates with local organizations to bring in teaching artists to connect children to the arts through artist workshops and specialized performances.

Pre-K

Full and part-time options available.

Children entering our Pre-kindergarten program are entering their last year of Early Childhood Education at the JCC. Our teachers continue to focus on play-based learning and we encourage children to become independent learners by testing their own ideas and experiencing success. Helping them develop learning skills through problem-solving, asking questions and using descriptive words to express their ideas and observations allows this age group to be our most independent within our school. Our program is focused on developing skills for life so that each child in our program will be well prepared academically and socially for their elementary years.

We Take Action to Protect Children as a Darkness to Light “Partner in Prevention”

Staff Members Trained in Award-Winning Stewards of Children® Program for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

We have achieved “Partner in Prevention” status again this year, a designation awarded by the nonprofit Darkness to Light to organizations which take extra steps to protect the children they serve by training staff to understand the issue of child sexual abuse, identify unsafe situations and practices, and react responsibly in the best interest of the children they serve.

One in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18. We earned the “Partner in Prevention” designation by providing Stewards of Children training to over 90% of its management, staff, and volunteers. This evidence-informed program is scientifically proven to help participants prevent and respond to child sexual abuse. “Partner in Prevention” was created as a national standard to help parents and caregivers recognize organizations that take child protection seriously by implementing policy and training staff to prevent child sexual abuse.

Darkness to Light is an international organization that leads the movement to end child sexual abuse by educating and empowering adults in education, youth serving organizations, and communities to protect children. Darkness to Light has affiliates in all 50 states and 16 international locations.

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