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J Early Childhood Vision Statement

Early Childhood Education at the J is an extension of the learning that begins at home. We view families as respected partners in nurturing their children’s growth and development.

We believe that all children are capable, inquisitive, and excited about expanding their worlds.

We believe our educators are nurturing and creative professionals who continue to learn and grow their practice. We value and respect their contributions to our children, their families, and our community.

We believe our Early Childhood Centers are spaces where we come together to co-construct an environment that lays the foundation to support a child’s life-long love of learning.

Early Childhood Education at the J is rooted in and inspired by the Jewish culture and values of compassion, respect and acceptance. We believe that children and their families should be immersed in a community that reflects these values and promotes ongoing community engagement.


By: Karen Miller, Children’s World National Director of Education

When I paint at the easel, I am learning...
• to develop my imagination and creativity.
• eye-hand coordination, helpful for learning to write.
• the names of colors and how to make new colors.
• to distinguish shapes, and purposely create shapes.
• to notice patterns from background, necessary for learning to read.
• to express my feelings and ideas.
• that my ideas have value.
• relationships of space and size, necessary for mathematics.
• concepts of symmetry, balance, and design.

When I play with playdough, I am learning...
• to see the shape against the background of the table, a reading skill.
• concepts of shapes, relative sizes, big, small, length, height, etc.
• to see negative space when cookie cutter shapes are taken away.
• to express feelings, squeezing and pounding.
• to exercise my imagination and creativity.
• that the amount of a substance remains the same, even when the shape changes.

When I play with water, I am learning...
• that some things sink and some things float.
• to observe changes as water takes different form in different containers.
• about different temperatures.
• about wet, dry, and evaporation.
• what happens when you add soap.
• eye-hand coordination as I learn to pour.
• concepts of empty and full, volume and weight, relevant to mathematics.

When I sort things, I am learning...
• to notice details and similarities and differences in objects.
• to form categories, essential concepts for reading and mathematics.
• concepts of color, size, and shape.
• numerical concepts or more and less.
• logical reasoning.

When I play with blocks, cars and trucks, I am learning...
• concepts of shape, size, length, and location, all relative to learning to reason and do mathematics.
• to create and repeat patterns, a math skill.
• to exercise my imagination.
• to express my ideas.
• to cooperate with others.
• to solve problems.
• about the properties of wood.
• to see myself from a different perspective, that of a giant.

When I play on the climbing equipment, I am learning...
• self confidence as I develop new skills.
• physical strength, coordination and balance.
• to use my imagination.
• to cooperate with others when involved in some dramatic play.
• to solve problems.

When I play in the dress up corner, I am learning...
• to be flexible in my thinking.
• to express myself in sentences.
• to try on different adult roles.
• to solve problems, especially socially, through negotiation with friends.
• to sort and organize play things.
• to make decisions.
• to improvise and use things in a symbolic way to represent something else... a form of abstract thinking.
• to carry out my ideas, with the cooperation of others.
• to exercise my imagination and creativity.

When I participate in circle time activities, I am learning...
• to listen, sit still, and understand spoken language.
• to add my ideas to the discussion. My ideas have value.
• to wait when others are talking.
• new vocabulary connected with the topic of discussion.
• to remember the words of songs and poems.
• the names of others in the group.
• to cooperate and be considerate of the needs of others.
• to help plan what we will do and what items we will need to do it.