Children have to be 12 months and walking to start at the GFECC.
Our morning program is from 8:45 – 12:45 for the Toddlers, Twos and Threes and 8:45 –1:45 for the Pre-K. Children in the full day program can attend from 7:30 – 6:00. There are a variety of full time and part time options depending on the family’s needs.
Our school follows NAEYC ratios. Toddlers are 1:4, Twos 1:6, Threes and Pre-K 1:7.
We ask that you pack a Kosher style lunch which means not mixing milk and meat and no pork or shell fish. We are peanut friendly. We are very diligent about working with families who have restricted diets or allergy concerns.
One of the best things about being part of the GFECC is the access to the enrichment classes on the JCC campus. These include dance, gymnastics, swimming, cooking, sports classes and a variety of enrichment classes that change each semester.
While we do all of these activities in our classrooms, children go to music, gym, Torah and science weekly with our specialist teachers. Our Threes and Pre-K children also go to our indoor pool for a weekly group swim lesson!
Safety is always the number one priority in our school. It is on the top of our minds daily. Teachers and staff are prepared to handle emergencies and practice with the children in accordance to our state licensing regulations.
The GFECC is like an extended family. Everybody feels at home and children don’t want to leave when their parents come to pick them up! We are proud of the learners that our children become.
Typical enrollment time is January, although we will take new children during the year based on availability. It is not uncommon for waitlists to form for the upcoming school year by March.
We have a very low turn-over rate. Once our teachers are here – they want to stay! We have teachers who have been here 20 plus years mixed in with teachers fresh out of their undergraduate program. We love the diversity of our staff.
Teachers update the school blog weekly where parents can log in and view pictures and reflections on the learning. We also document learning on the walls of our school for the children and parents.
We are vigilant about our sick policy. Children have to be 24 hours symptom-free to return to school. If your child gets sick at school, we will call you and keep them comfortable and well cared for until you can pick them up. If a particular illness is diagnosed in your class, we let parents know to look out for it. We are constantly cleaning and disinfecting to make sure we are a healthy environment.