May 27, 2015
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The J Early Childhood Center offers a curriculum designed with the understanding that Preschoolers learn best in an environment that stimulates self-expression and self-discovery. Using methods and materials that encourage the development of the whole child, teachers create opportunities for individual achievement. Children learn individually, in small groups and with the entire class.

For information about Lisa Jackey, Curriculum Coordinator, please click here.

To find out how we can help your child get the best start in life, contact Tara Ohayon, Director of Early Childhood, at 214-239-7157 or tohayon@jccdallas.org.

Learning through Discovery
at the J Early Childhood Center

The Early Childhood Center at the J partners with your family to provide high quality educational programs along with nuturing support and spiritual enlightment for your child. Together with teachers and staff, parents are an integral part of planning, monitoring and celebrating each milestone and accomplishment in your child’s life. We want to create a sense of community from your family to ours by getting to know you as well as your child.

The J Early Childhood Center has been a part of many Dallas area families for over 100 years with exceptional early childhood education emphasizing emotional growth and educational preparedness for Toddlers through Pre-K. The National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has recognized our developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children through continual accreditation since 1990.

Our focus is on encouraging development of the whole child by providing a unique combination of learning opportunities to answer their social, educational, emotional and spiritual needs while building a solid community atmosphere in a supportive environment. We teach valuable problem-solving skills that lead to self-confidence and success for a lifelong love of learning. Research shows that children who feel good about who they are and what they can do are more successful. Our program is individualized to address the needs of every child according to age and ability. Specialists provide instruction in music, science and physical fitness. As children explore computers, cook, toss balls into baskets in the gym, or create artistic masterpieces, they are developing fine and gross motor skills as they learn how to become part of a community.

Special things to know about the J Early Childhood Program

  • Programs for Mommy & Me and Mother’s Day Out
  • Programs for Toddlers 12 months — Pre-K
  • Low teacher-child ratios
  • Staff specialists in movement, music and discovery
  • Specially designed Jewish Value Program
  • High levels of staff experience
  • Developmentally appropriate practice
  • Parenting classes
  • Active PTO and exciting Family Activities
  • Amazing variety of afternoon enrichment classes
  • Weekly Shabbat and holiday celebrations

As an integral part of the Aaron Family JCC, the J Early Childhood Center is able to incorporate a unique range of programs and experiences into our curriculum and activities. Access to first-class facilities and specialized instructors provides an opportunity for children to learn in a variety of settings unavailable in a traditional preschool environment. These wonderful opportunities are available to all members of the family.

  • Preschool Library
  • Dance Studio
  • Professional Theatre
  • Full Gymnasium
  • Gymnastics Gym
  • Sports and Fitness Resources
  • Educational Classes
  • Indoor Natatorium (weekly swim lessons are part of our school day for children in the 3s and Pre-K)

Children graduating from the J Early Childhood Center continue to explore their blossoming skills through the range of programs, sports and offerings at the J. Family-focused events and programs are available to support the learning introduced within the preschool setting. The J becomes a second home for these families, who return year after year to attend break programs, summer camp and community celebrations.


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