The BJE has been developing and providing quality Jewish preschool education since 1972. Our experienced educators are highly trained in both secular and Jewish early childhood education. Our preschool curriculum has been recognized nationwide for its content, materials, and scope. We have incorporated the Reggio Emilia system of learning into our progressive concept of Jewish early childhood education.
The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based on recognizing that the young child has many ways of expressing themselves. Our teachers tap into these ways to actively engage the child in learning. The teacher and children are involved in extensive interactive, thought provoking discussions which stimulate the children to learn and problem solve in a group setting. This method of learning respects each child's ability to express themselves verbally and artistically, as well as solve problems independently and in group settings. We have found that this in-depth approach to learning has resulted in a stronger sense of Jewish identity and positive self-esteem in children. We actively embrace the Reggio Emilia approach as we continue to integrate all the best educational theories of Piaget, Erikson and Vygotsky.
We provide a rich, warm and supportive Jewish environment for your child, with the following goals to help parents lay the foundation for a healthy, successful, and enjoyable future education for your child:
Provide children with a well-balanced program blending social and cognitive, creative and structured, individual and group activities.
Teach children to develop a positive self-image.
Encourage children to be curious and explore freely.
Guide children to master new learning concepts geared to their developmental level.
Help children become comfortable interacting with peers and adults.
BJE Early Childhood Centers are family oriented preschools. We welcome families from a wide spectrum of Jewish life and encourage parents, grandparents, and other extended family members to participate in any and all of our family events. During the school year we sponsor:
Shabbat celebrations honoring each child and family.
Birthday celebrations for each child.
Jewish Holiday celebrations including the entire family.
A partnership between parents and teachers is important. Your voice in the educational journey of your child is essential to their success and to the evolving curriculum at the BJE-ECC. In addition to regular contact with each child's family, we schedule at least two full parent-teacher conferences and a telephone conference early in the year for each child in pre-school. Ongoing communication between parents and teachers is always encouraged.
We maintain a maximum ratio of seven children to one teacher. Our teachers demonstrate warmth and caring for young children, as well as the ability and desire to work together with the parents for the overall good of the child and family.
We are fortunate to have more than 50 nurturing and dedicated educational professionals in our employ. Keeping teachers current with the latest developments in early childhood education is one of the mandates of the BJE Early Childhood Centers. Our teachers are required to participate in an extensive, ongoing program of in-service education.
We strongly believe that our professional staff enhances our quality Judaically integrated early childhood program. It is through these dedicated hard working individuals that the Board of Jewish Education Early Childhood Centers mission has been met.
BJE is a nut-free school and staff are sensitive to children with ALL allergies. Our teachers work one on one with families of students with allergies to ensure a safe learning environment.
An Educational Journey...
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