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Jcc Early Childhood Center1
Posted September 19, 2014
- a parent
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.