MJCCA Preschools is a place where children come to learn and grow, and where families find a community that can last a lifetime. We are where children discover their confidence, meet their newest lifelong friends, and develop a love learning. The highly trained, experienced and nurturing teachers at The Weinstein School in Dunwoody and The Schiff School in Sandy Springs understand that this is one of the most important decisions a parent will make. The Weinstein School is NAEYC accredited, a distinction awarded to only the top seven percent of all preschools in the nation. The Schiff School, our newest preschool, is pursuing accreditation. MJCCA Preschools offer both full- and half-day programs for ages 6 weeks to Pre-K, and The Weinstein School also offers Transitional Kindergarten. Learn more and schedule a tour at MJCCA Preschools.
The teachers and staff of MJCCA Preschools complete more than twice the state-mandated requirement for continuing education through the MJCCA Benator Early Childhood Training Institute (BECTI), with a combination of Judaic and best practices in Early Childhood Education coursework, as well as first aid, CPR, and health and safety.
Students from all backgrounds are embraced at MJCCA Preschools, where a connection to Jewish values and traditions is cultivated. The staff encourage self-expression and creative thinking and honor the collaboration between children, families, and education, for a dynamic learning environment.
An Enriched Curriculum Inspires a Sense of Individuality
The preschool’s progressive preschool curriculum is based on four areas of child development:
- Cognition – The way children use their minds to discover the world around them. Using all five senses, children explore how objects relate to one another, and how they, as youngsters, relate to the rest of the world. By learning early problem solving, conflict resolution, and through the manipulation of toys and materials, preschoolers gain a valuable and early understanding of social studies, mathematical and scientific learning.
- Literacy – Using sounds, words, and gestures, children learn to communicate. Whether they are listening to a story or singing a song, doodling, or using sign language, preschoolers are learning language and literacy skills at their developmentally appropriate level.
- Physical Development – By learning to crawl and finger paint, children learn to use their muscles and movement to perform tasks. In addition, fine motor skill development serves as the foundation to develop writing skills.
- Social & Emotional Growth – Children are not born with a sense of individuality. As they grow, they develop self-awareness, and an awareness of relationships with adults, through play other children. Relationships help children gain confidence and emotional and social maturity which also helps them gain self-control.
The MJCCA Preschool curriculum encourages children to be actively involved in the learning process. Every lesson and activity is carefully selected to align with each stage of your child’s development. While there are differences in individual development, the sequence of developmental states remains the same. When children progress at their own pace, they experience success and grow one step at a time.
“The introduction of new skills and behaviors is always based on a child’s state of readiness, not on chronological age,” says Kim Sucan, Director of MJCCA Preschools.
Classrooms in the MJCCA Preschool program offer a variety of centers for dramatic play, building/construction, manipulatives, science, writing, reading, and art. Children participate in each of these centers for a minimum of 45 minutes a day. Our highly experienced and dedicated teachers facilitate learning through centers in several ways. By setting up new materials for children to explore, children are encouraged to enjoy the excitement of self-discovery. As teachers interact with preschoolers, they further their development of language. Attention is paid to each individual child’s developmental progress, and this is a critical time for teachers to customize their instruction. Center time is an active time in the classroom, and it is purposeful, planned, and the heightened activity is the result of active learning.
Special Resources for Children with Special Needs
Not all children learn and develop skills at the same pace. Some children face learning challenges, while others do not. The MJCCA Preschool staff’s comprehensive training and experience enable them to work with parents to identify a child’s particular challenges early enough to successfully achieve timely intervention. Our Learning Style Specialist is able to assess and choose the most appropriate learning path for a child’s special needs, whether that includes autism, ADD, ADHD, behavioral challenges, developmental delays, or physical or developmental disability.
A Family – School Partnership Reaps Rewards
Research indicates that children reap the most success in school when parents and their school form valuable partnerships. Helping children see consistency between home and school, from a very young age, improves their behavior and builds positive self-esteem.
“The preschool’s Parent Liaison Committee offers parents an opportunity to provide significant input in our preschool programs,” says Ms. Sucan.
Families are encouraged to sign up to volunteer as a mystery reader, cook for a holiday party, assist with a class project or display, or anything that encourages classroom interaction between children and their families.
Throughout the school year, programs are organized for families to enjoy and to facilitate socializing with the rest of the preschool community. Some of these programs include holiday parades, Shabbat activities, and additional holiday celebrations.
From state-of-the-art classrooms, dedicated art and music studios, and sensory rooms, The Weinstein School and The Schiff School offer a truly unique and unparalleled learning environment in metro Atlanta.
MJCCA Preschools also has a location in East Cobb (The Sunshine School at Temple Kol Emeth). For more information about all of the programs offered and to schedule a tour, contact Kim Sucan, Director, MJCCA Preschools at .
To register please visit MJCCA Preschools. The Weinstein School is located at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta at Zaban Park (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody) and The Schiff School is located at Temple Emanu-El (1580 Spalding Dr. Sandy Springs). Enrollment is now open for the 2019-2020 school year.
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