Early Childhood Program

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Early Childhood Program 2018-02-01T22:19:09+00:00

Click below to download 2018-19 registration forms:
Summer Adventures Together & Summer Adventures for Toddlers
Summer Adventures for children ages 3-5

Early Childhood Program for 2-year-olds application
Early Childhood Program for 3- and 4-year-olds application
Pricing for ECP program for 2-, 3-, 4-year olds

Step into the halls of Temple Emanuel’s Early Childhood Program and you will feel the love, hear the laughter and see the smiling faces of our young children.

The philosophy of the program is based on the belief that young children learn through play. The program is grounded in Developmentally Appropriate Practice as outlined by the NJ State Dept. of Education that says children learn best though exploration, experimentation and sensory experiences.

CHILDREN LEARN BY DOING, NOT BY WATCHING!

  • Our dynamic Judaic curriculum including Shabbat, holiday celebrations and values, fosters a love of all things Jewish within the child
  • Kids gain confidence because of individualized attention from our experienced staff
  • The student’s learning experience is enriched through special after school programs such as yoga, cooking, soccer and art
  • Children love summer in our eight (8) week summer camp program complete with water activities and special events (lunch included!)
  • Our kids learn about nature in our greenhouse & outdoor classroom
  • Plenty of room to play in our 3 spacious outdoor, fully equipped playgrounds
  • Indoor playroom with rock wall
  • Licensed by the State of New Jersey

We teach our students to think critically and solve problems creatively.  Our children are loved, nurtured and respected.

Start your Jewish journey here with us!

ECP Parent Child Programs – Winter/Spring 2017-18

FREE PLAYGROUP – Fridays 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Our Playgroups are for parents and infants birth – 12 months. It’s a time to enjoy your baby, connect with other moms and discuss relevant topics.
Free Playgroup dates: January 12 & 26, February 9, March 2 & 16, April 13 & 27, May 11 & 25

TODDLERS TO BE – Mondays 9:15 – 11:00 a.m.
This class is for children ages 18 months – 24 months. In this class, children & their caregiver will participate in circle time, art experiences, Storytime, music and movement.
Class begins January 8 and ends June 4,  17 week session

ON MY OWN – Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:15 – 11:00 a.m.
This class is for children turning 2 from October 2017 – February 2018. THIS IS A SEPARATION CLASS where children will participate in play time, circle time, art experiences, storytime, music and movement.
Class begins January 9 & ends June 7, 20 week session – twice/week

All classes are held in the youth Lounge at the Temple.  For more, please call us at 201-391-8329 or email cheryl@tepv.org

Download the registration form here

Two year olds have boundless energy, are curious and are growing in independence. They learn by experiencing their environment through their senses, by physically moving around and through social interaction. Between ages two and three, they move from the physical arena to an increased reliance on the verbal.

The two year old program is dedicated to developing the emotional, social, physical and cognitive behaviors of each child, and at the same time, building on his/her Jewish identity. Building self esteem in each child is a primary goal of the program and it is accomplished through positive reinforcement from the staff. We believe in learning through experiences, which are hands on and easily available for each child to experience independently or as a group.

Excellent teachers translate the developmentally appropriate practice framework into high-quality experiences for children through the decisions they make.

We accomplish this by setting up centers in the classroom. In the two’s classroom you will see a dramatic play area, reading/cozy corner, manipulatives, art and a sensory table.

Through all of these areas the children are learning about the world around them. We use these educational objectives as a guideline for everything we do in the classroom and in these centers:

• Social/Emotional
• Physical development
• Cognitive development
• Sensory activities
• Language

The Judaic curriculum is further enhanced as the children become involved with the weekly preparations for Shabbat. To become aware that Shabbat is a special day and participate in the rituals surrounding it. The holidays are an important part of the program. Children learn about the holidays through stories, music, art and cooking. The “hardware” of Jewish life is an integral part of the environment so as to encourage the development of Jewish identity in a natural and meaningful way. Jewish values such as Tzedukah and mitzvoth are woven into the curriculum when the opportunity presents itself. On Friday as part of the Shabbat program the children bring in coins to put in the Tzedukah jar. At the end of the year the coins are donated to a Jewish charity. Israel is a presence in the classroom through stories and music.

The two year old program promotes all areas of development for each child in a warm, creative environment that draws upon Jewish Values.

Three year olds are a distinct group with unique challenges and accomplishments.
The three year old program is dedicated to developing the emotional, social, physical and cognitive behaviors of each child, and at the same time, building on his/her Jewish identity. Building self-esteem in each child is a primary goal of the program and it is accomplished through positive reinforcement from the staff. We believe in learning through experiences, which are hands on and easily available for each child to experience independently or as a group.

Our teachers translate the developmentally appropriate practice framework into high-quality experiences for children through the decisions they make.

We accomplish this by setting up centers in the classroom. In the three’s classroom you will see a block corner, dramatic play area, reading/cozy corner, manipulatives/math, art/writing center and a science table.

Through all of these areas the children are learning about the world around them. We use these educational objectives as a guideline for everything we do in the classroom and in these centers:

  • Social development
  • Emotional development
  • Physical development:
  • Cognitive development

The Judaic curriculum is further enhanced as the children become involved with the weekly preparations for Shabbat. To become aware that Shabbat is a special day and participate in the rituals surrounding it. The holidays are an important part of the program. Children learn about the holidays through stories, music, art, cooking and dramatic play..

The “hardware” of Jewish life is an integral part of the environment so as to encourage the development of Jewish identity in a natural and meaningful way. Jewish values such as tzedukah and mitzvoth are woven into the curriculum when the opportunity presents itself. On Friday as part of the Shabbat program the children bring in coins to put in the Tzedukah jar. At the end of the year the coins are donated to a Jewish charity.

Israel is a presence in the classroom and the children learn it’s importance to the Jewish people. The three year old program promotes all areas of development for each child in a warm, creative environment that draws upon Jewish values.

Four year olds are ready and willing to take on many new tasks all by themselves. In preparation for kindergarten your child will be exposed to a variety of stimulating learning opportunities. The written word is present everywhere in the classroom, encouraging the children to begin reading and writing. Recognizing letters and the sounds they make, known as decoding, are very important pre-reading skills.

Our teachers translate the developmentally appropriate practice framework into high-quality experiences for children through the decisions they make.

The learning environment is prepared with a wide range of learning centers that provide stimulating and challenging materials and activities. Children explore, manipulate, solve problems and learn at their own pace. Information is presented in a meaningful way which is essential for a child’s understanding and development of concept as well as motivation.

There is a writing center equipped with different writing utensils, stencils and lined paper. A science center with magnifying classes stimulate observation, a listening center where the children can listen to books on tape, a reading corner, blocks, manipulatives and art center. Learning experiences encompass all aspects of a child’s development and are offered through hands-on-appropriate activities.

Mrs. K, a certified k-8 Spanish teacher introduces the children to Spanish through stories, music and art. The children come away learning new vocabulary words and have a great time in the process. Studies have shown that learning languages at a young age expands a child’s capacity to learn new things and retain them for longer periods of time.

The educational objectives of the four year old program are as follows:

  • Social development
  • Emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Cognitive development

The Judaic curriculum is further enhanced as the children become involved with the weekly preparation for Shabbat. The celebration of holidays include the story as it relates, art projects, drama and gatherings with the families. The “hardware” of Jewish life is an integral part of the environment so as to encourage the development of Jewish identity in a natural and meaningful way. Rabbi Kniaz visits weekly to introduce the children to the Hebrew alphabet in a fun and inspiring way.

Israel is a presence in the classroom and the children learn it’s importance to the Jewish people.

The four year old program promotes all areas of development for each child in a warm, creative environment that draws upon Jewish values.

Summer Adventures
A summer of fun all under one roof!

We offer the perfect program for your little ones! Everything they need is right here!  Water activities, 2 playgrounds, art, music, kiddie soccer, teddy tennis and an air conditioned facility in case it is just TOO hot!

Our summer program runs for 8 weeks beginning the week of June 25th (you can choose 4, 6 or 8 weeks)

Summer Adventures for Toddlers: 2-2 1/2 yr olds
Monday – Thursday 9:15am -12:15pm.  Lunch is included! (we are sensitive to allergies)

Summer Adventures: 3– 5 yr olds
Monday-Thursday 9:15am -1:30pm.  Lunch is included! (we are sensitive to allergies)

We also have a 7 week program beginning on July 2nd for children aged 12-23 months
Summer Adventures Together (with an adult)
Monday 9:30am-11:00am

Email us with any questions or for an application – cheryl@tepv.org