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350 South Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

(303) 316-6377
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April 20, 2015
We were looking for a nurturing, play-based school with a low student/teacher ratio for our child, and we have found that at the JCC. The teachers are experienced, supportive and creative. Whereas some programs have a 10-1 ratio for age 3 and up, our class at the JCC is at 7-1--an important difference because adult attention at this age is crucial. I would love to see more consistency in transitions--between regular day and extended day as well as between the regular year and the summer. I would also love for the classrooms to have more of a mix of ages and developmental stages so that the younger ones can learn from the older ones and the older ones can get the confidence of guiding younger peers. We weren't here for the turnover in adminstrative staff mentioned in some earlier reviews, but they are all new this year and seem very dedicated. Morgan, the director for curriculum development is fantastic, very attuned to kids' needs and very present in the classrooms to support teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2015
I have two children in the JCC preschool. They both started when they were infants. We love the child centered curriculum, emphasis on the natural world and faith based values. The whole place has a real community feel!

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April 01, 2015
I've been at the JCC for coming on four years now. I've tried other places like Temple Emanuel and private daycare, but I've been most impressed with the JCC. No matter where you go, I truly believe it all depends on the teacher you have. We've been extremely lucky to have amazing teachers! Each day my son walks into class there are amazing and fun things for him to do. It's always planned and always different. I'm in love with Dora, Haddas and Melissa. Thank you JCC.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2014
We tried so hard to like the JCC. It was very, very convenient and we want a Jewish preschool. This place is a mess. If you expect your children to do well when they hit Kindergarten, this is not the school for you. They do not teach, they provide basic needs until you come back to get them. We moved our child to a new Jewish preschool and the difference is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
The JCC ECC is a fantastic school! It is going through some growing pains administratively, but the teachers are fantastic! The facilities are great and my daughter has learned so much at the JCC ECC. I would highly reccomend the JCC ECC to any one. They promote learning, indenpendence and confidence in the kids and have a great overall outlook on education. My daughter has been supported so well by her teachers and the staff. She is at the ECC 5 days a week and I feel confident she is in safe, competant hands.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2013
I can't say enough good things about this school - obviously, like most - it has its challenges, but is always trying to fix and overcome. What I love most about the ECC is that my toddler is nurtured and encouraged in ways that I know she wouldn't get from just a daycare. The opportunities for her are limitless with all that the facility has to offer, from garden exploration to music and gym classes, and the community my family has gained. I am 100% comfortable leaving her for a whole day knowing that I am giving her the best experiences I can. And to top it all off, she gets to learn about her Jewish heritage through songs and art projects in ways that make our whole family beam with pride, like when she covers her eyes with me lighting the Shabbat candles and sings "Bim-bam" to me in the car. I am forever grateful to the JCC ECC, for providing her with these experiences that I know will shape her, and her Jewish life for years to come. In the end, I know that no matter what the school is going through, or what kind of snacks its offering, my child is in warm, nurturing hands, and is getting the best experience possible that a 2 year old could.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
As a parent of 3 children who have been blessed to begin the educational journey at the JCC, I cannot say enough good things about the school, the teachers, and the educational philosophy. We have been thrilled with all aspects of the school and found both the school and JCC administration to be engaged, approachable, and incredibly helpful during some difficult moments in the past. Furthermore, our older children have participated in nearly every camp program at the JCC (Shai, theater, Ranch) and I would highly recommend JCC camp programs. There has been dramatic improvement in camp Shai the past couple of years, and both Ranch Camp and the theater programs are amazing. Every school faces challenges, and we have been very pleased with the response to the turnover of the JCC ECC. We have full confidence in the school and we love the JCC. We look forward to another great year for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
One Star: Sad place that had a lot of potential but can't keep their best staff who'd been so committed for years there. Director & Asst Director left within weeks of each other in April/May. Now it's August and JCC teachers continue to resign, the interim Director is temporary and the Asst Director is new. Natural snacks such as fresh fruits/vegetables are now replaced with Cheez Its crackers. JCC used to have a wonderful reputation with lengthy wait lists 10-15 years ago but as of the past 5 years, all signs point to something falling apart. If the teachers won't stay, why should families? BEST PROGRAMS: music department and swimming lessons. Noticeable recognition for the security guards and front desks who take safety seriously. Doors remain locked.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2013
I agree with the other one star reviews. My daughters teachers try so hard but are always asking classroom parents to buy them supplies they need because the school doesn't buy the supplies they need for them. The school also asks parents to donate money but this school is not cheap, so where is all the tuition money going??? My daughter loves her teachers but there is just too much change in directors and financial trouble in the school and its overpriced for what your child gets. I keep getting the feeling that they need to do some rearrangement in management. The lady who is in charge of the camps and oversees the preschool doesn't seem to be doing a great job and it seems lots of teachers have complained about her. We do however love the swimming time the kids get as well as the fun Shabbat Sing on Fridays.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
I really liked the teachers here but the administration was abysmal. I had terrible experiences the first year with one director. Then she left and there was no real leadership the following year. In addition, the first year, I signed up for their Parent Involvement Committee. During the very first meeting, I witnessed one member berate another member publicly. It was downhill from there. My child enjoyed the teachers, and the second year was not as bad as the first. Still, the leadership is lacking and the general feeling is that the higher ups simply don't care about much but the bottom dollar. I too have seen many good teachers leave this place. Also, academically, it is severely lacking. We are going to a different school next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
I don't know what is going on with the higher ups at the JCC but something is very wrong because teachers are fleeing the school! The school does not have a director and they have actually had several directors over the last few years. Why don't the directors stay? Why are good teachers leaving? As a parent, I don't know what kind of early education my children are receiving especially since the administration can't even keep good teachers and parents don't have a director to talk to! This is scary. Avoid this school!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2013
I decided to submit my comment in large part because my experience has been completely different from the one star reviews (though everyone is entitled to their opinion). My son began JCC ECC at the age of 3 years, 4 months. It was his first time in preschool. His teachers are terrific, engaging, welcoming, cheerful and patient. His first project was MLK friendship hands, followed by baking cinnamon challah rolls. He has music (and song), swim class (in an amazing facility), gym, and special projects. We like the diversity of the student body (i.e. from different countries, background and religions), but there's an emphasis and introduction to wonderful Jewish holidays and traditions. My interactions with the administrative staff have been very good, and we are greeted by name every morning. Most importantly, my son is thriving, making friends, socializing and learning in a supportive environment. That's really all I could ask from a preschool center. I've decided to enroll my second son next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
Our child has been in this school for the past 3 years and has had an amazing experience! With wonderful, educated teachers who have individualized our child s learning. We have been there though all the director changes and some teacher s changes and have felt that everything was communicated effectively and most importantly during this time our child kept on learning and enjoying school. As a parent I could always talk to someone on the ECC Administration to answer my questions. The ECC has always been supportive to my family and most importantly has given my child an educational environment to learn in. We love the JCC ECC including all of the teachers and the Administration Team.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
The facilities are great(pool, gym, outdoor space), but I agree with other parents that say the administration is lacking focus and clarity. For the cost the JCC ECC really needs to start improving. My child has been there for less than one year and I've seen two directors come and go.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
This school is great!! My son loves it here. He never wants to leave when I come to pick him up. The teachers are wonderful. I was actually referred to the ECC by one of my friends when I moved to Denver. She was also referred by her sister. There is also a few moms in my son's class who were also referred to the ECC, so it seems like they have a strong positive affect on families that attend the ECC.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
The school was a nuturing experience for children. The swim lessons are a plus. The teachers have the best intentions. The adminstration is a dysfunctional mess. In my three years they had 3 different directors and multiple front office staff. No explanation or notice of a departure, but an introduction of the next scape goat. If you are interested in attending, inquire why they are no longer Qualistar rated and why their is a lack of a wait list. Don't be fooled that things are going to change. The problem starts at the top

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2013
We have one child at the JCC for her last year of preschool but will be sending our two others to another Jewish preschool nearby. The JCC is a very poor preschool. A previous reviewer was correct that it is a low level daycare and they strongly discourage parents dropping by. They also make it very expensive to leave the program. We have made other arrangements for our daughter, but the cost will be high. You would have to work hard to not notice how inferiour the program is compared to so many others. It's a holding pen for children of parents too busy to care.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2012
Great teachers, lousy administration, rude accounting dept. I can not wait for our contract to be up. I look forward to being "done" with jcc. Everything previous posters have written is true. It is all about paying your tuition and leave us alone. But, we have had great teachers who were underpaid employee morale in this school is the pits.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2012
I'm not the kind of person who writes reviews but in this case I had to give my two cents since our family loves the JCC. My daughter just started the 4's class and my toddler just started as well. We can honestly say that over the last two years, our daughter has never had a bad day at school. She loves the teachers, classroom environment as well as the activities. We are thrilled with the education and all of the proactive learnings and methodologies that are introduced school-wide in terms of early childhood development. We feel that communication is open with the staff and that our voices and feedback are heard. I think it's nonsense to say that the administration doesn't care or want to hear what is going on. My one frustration with the school had to do with lottery numbers and the registration process. After expressing my concerns to a staff person, I got a call from the director who immediately worked out our situation. I felt taken care of and continue to feel that we are an important part of the school. Most pre-schools seem to have terrible staff-turnover rates and it seems minimal at the JCC. We have never had a teacher leave or get fired.Go JCC!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
The JCC ECE has been a huge disappointment for us. Our four year old has always had good experiences at other schools, but that has not been the case at the JCC. The apathy of the teachers, lack of communication by administrators and lack of any real teaching or activities were the largest issues. The JCC is basically a low level daycare where parents are encouraged not to ask questions or come to the classroom after drop off. They do, however, push hard to have you raise/donate money "for the school", but I don't see any signs that the money raised is going to the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE...We had our child in the JCC for 3+ years, and in each year we saw a rapid decline in how the program is run and how the administration treats parents and staff. The teachers seem to be great, but they are fired or let go so often your children will never develop a good relationship with them, and you as a parent will never know, one day from the next, who is educating your child. And don't think of confronting anyone about this, or even asking another parent what to do. On multiple occasions parents have been asked to stop communicating with one another. The administration doesn't answer questions, doesn't care about parent opinions and only cares about making money. Confront them on any issue, you will be asked to leave. There are much better options in the Denver area.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
My children just completed 3 years at the JCC ECC, and with each successive year we witnessed a steady decline in the quality of their experience. My children were lucky to have a number of wonderful teachers; the problem was with the administration. Two teachers were fired from one classroom in a 6 month period this year with no warning, communication to parents, or opportunity for the children to say goodbye. Two families were asked to leave the school during the school year, and there have been 4 directors of the ECC in the past year. The administration seems to see the role of parents as paying tuition and going away.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
I'm very disappointed in the JCC ECC program. The administration is very much lacking in care for families needs. I have tried to work with their staff to no avail. They are clearly focused on the money aspect (which is incredible given they are a not for profit) and not the community or people per their mission. I would look elsewhere when finding care of your child(ren) as they stress associated with working with them is not worth the cost of admission. I will say they have some great teachers, too bad these individuals have the adminstration they do. Although, I have seen some of the care givers leave and go to other childcare facilities due to the enviroment there. Such a shame.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2012
I am not happy with this school. Although the teachers are nice, I don't feel that they really get to know the students. My son is in the 4/5 program and does more play then actual learning. I feel that he needs an academic based environment that challenges him and will prepare him for kindergarten and this school does not. I was happy to volunteer in the classroom on a regular basis but felt like the teachers were not very welcoming to parents in the classroom. Very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
CONS: Chaotic. Huge teacher and administrator turn over. COMPLETELY DISORGANIZED. Teachers voice dissatisfaction with administration. Director left after only 2 months on staff for reasons that will not be shared with parents. PROS: Beautiful facility. Bright classrooms. Good teacher to student ratios.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
My youngest will be starting here in the Fall. Her older sister went here, and was given the absolute best experience. Great learning environment, very loving, bright rooms, happy kids!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2008
My children have absolutely loved their time at the JCC. At the end of the day, they never want to come home and they are constantly talking to us about the things they have learned and friends they have made. I find the teachers and staff extremely open and willing to share ideas and supportive of parental involvement. Their schedules and extended day enrichment offerings are the most flexible and extensive that I have ever encountered. The parents are close knit and often develop strong friendships and we have loved learning about the core Jewish values alongside our children. Weekly swim lessons and music classes are the icing on the cake. It has been absolutely fabulous!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
The teaching staff at the ECC is GREAT and my son loves them, However, the administration is hard to communicat with and they are not open to parental input. In addition to that they promote a 'progressive' structure rather than a more traditional environment.

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February 20, 2007
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Jcc Early Childhood Center
350 South Dahlia Street, Denver, CO  80246
(303) 316-6377
Last modified Jcc Early Childhood Center is a Private school that serves grade PK
Jcc Early Childhood Center Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top