We carefully plan our programs to reflect the changing developmental stages of children in each age group. We realize that a child's needs expand and progress as they grow, and we make certain these needs are met. Our programs our designed to:
Promote each child's emotional, social and cognitive growth
Provide readiness-building skills for future learning
Integrate Jewish values and experiences
Provide developmentally appropriate methods for separation
Promote a sense of community
Baby Steps: Ages Infants starting at 3 months old
The Baby Steps Program provides a warm, nurturing environment for this precious time in your child' life. The children follow their own sleep and feeding schedules. All programming is developmentally appropriate. The teachers provide nurturing, sensory experiences and physical contact through holding, rocking, talking and singing.
Beginning Steps: Ages Toddlers
Beginning Steps program is a well-balanced nurturing class embracing each child in an environment that revolves around their success in separation and independence. The children, in this program, take gradual steps towards group living. The Beginning Steps program emphasizes social development and cognitive development through sensory and large motor exploration. We integrate Jewish values, holidays and experiences throughout the program. (Available only at BJE-Wilmette)
Two Year Old Program: Age 2 years old by September 1st
The children in our Two-Year Old Program embrace the many skills involved in achieving independence and take gradual steps toward group living. Separation is carefully planned so that it can be implemented in an optimum manner for the individual child. The two year old program emphasizes social development, cognitive explorations and an introduction to all the Jewish holiday celebrations.
Three Year Old Program: Age 3 years old by September 1st
BJE-ECC's Three Year Old Program is an in-depth, engaging, well-balanced journey, which blends social, cognitive, creative and structured, individual and group activities. The children are exposed to, and work on all the necessary skills within our early literacy and pre-math programs to prepare them for educational success. These are all integrated with the full celebration of Shabbat and Jewish holidays. Social development is highlighted, with an emphasis on problem solving as a means to social competency.
Pre-K: Age 4 years old by September 1st
Children in our Pre-K Program delve deeper into the exploration of themselves, their classroom community, and the larger community of which they are a part. There is an emphasis on more extensive large and small group projects involving the children in meaningful cognitive and social learning. Combined with our multi-faceted early literacy and pre-math program, our school ensures that the children are fully prepared for their future academic and Jewish journey.