Come and discover an inviting place of learning, fun and curiosity for your child.
Our school offers a warm, child-centered environment where children can become confident, responsible and successful learners. We strive to enrich each child’s world through exposure to language arts, science, reading, math readiness, music, art, language, computers and physical education. Nurturing social interaction is an integral part of all programs. By learning through doing, each child establishes a strong sense of self and accomplishment. All of this opens the door to a positive attitude toward learning and lays the foundation for future education.
By participating in developmentally appropriate activities focused on the individual, and participating in small group and whole class activities, students learn to take responsibility for themselves and to care for others. Children leave our program as independent and confident learners who feel good about themselves and all they’ve accomplished and achieved during their time at our school.
The JCC has selected the Creative Curriculum as our approach to learning in all classrooms. Extensive research has demonstrated that the Creative Curriculum meets all of the criteria for a developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum.
- Thematic approach to teaching and learning
- Designed to support children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity
- Based on well known theories of child development
- Offers children the opportunity to work in depth, giving them the time they need to reflect, consolidate and transfer their learning
Our curriculum identifies goals in four areas of development:
To help children develop independence, self-confidence and self control, follow rules and routines, make friends and learn what it means to be part of a group
To increase children’s large muscle skills balancing, running, jumping, throwing, and catching and use the small muscles in their hands to do tasks like buttoning, stringing beads, cutting, drawing and writing.
To acquire thinking skills such as the ability to solve problems, to ask questions, and to think logically-sorting, classifying, comparing, counting, and making patterns- and to use materials and their imagination to show what they have learned.
To use words to communicate with others, listen to and participate in conversations with others, understand the purpose of print, recognize letters and words and begin writing for a purpose.
We offer several enrichment classes throughout the week for our children to experience:
Our weekly science program is uniquely focused towards fostering and developing essential STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration in a hands-on and practical but fun learning environment. We believe that “making” can transform the way we all learn, especially from our 2’s up.
Children work on their gross motor skills daily by activities in our gymnasium or out in the park (weather permitting). The emphasis is on coordination, endurance and community play.
Longitudinal studies by Harvard University confirm that learning additional languages increases critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of the mind in young children. Students will expand their vocabularies by studying fundamental Spanish including numbers, colors and food.
Children are using programs on the SMART Board, computers and tablet.
Yoga for Children
By exposing children to yoga, they grow and develop along three pathways: awareness of self, preparing for school and connecting with society. All three are necessary to live a mindful, empowered and healthy life.
Our school is a 12-month program – September through August. Admission is on a rolling basis depending on availability.
2½ years of age
- Students explore independently and practice social interactions through interactive play.
- Circle Time incorporates a sense of community in the classroom, exposing children to the theme of the week.
- Age appropriate letter identification and language development.
- Emerging literacy skills fostered through handling books and listening to stories
- Fundamental math skills such as numbers, shapes and sorting
- Stress hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
PreK - 3
3 years of age by October 1
- Circle Time
- Story Time
- Exploring thematic learning center
- Consistent schedule
- Leadership opportunities in classroom roles
- Working with language and literacy
- Lessons in mathematics
- Indoor physical activity
- Outdoor play
- Making friends and learning social interactions
- Creative art projects
PreK - 4
4 years of age by October 1
- Focus on skills needed for Kindergarten readiness
- Continue to work with creative curriculum, learning additional skills in literacy, math, reading and social studies
- Learning centers
- Sight word practice
- Reading and literacy writing letters, language and phonics
- Lessons in math concepts
- Creative art projects
Location & Facilities
Located on Kennedy Boulevard in Bayonne, the JCC is situated across from the Stephen R. Gregg Park.
Each classroom is equipped with new furniture, new manipulatives and new learning tools creating an environment ideal for the children to feel independent and secure in their space.
The JCC is equipped with a full size gymnasium, indoor heated pool, outdoor playground, art facility and theater space.
Our full-time staff includes lead and assistant teachers who facilitate, plan, encourage and support you and your child on his or her journey to social and academic success. The JCC childhood programs are fully licensed by the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families.
All staff attend in-service training and educational workshops as part of their continuing education. Our staff undergo a comprehensive training period prior to stepping into the classroom. Teachers are trained in SIDS and Shaken Baby in the Toddler Town program.
Opportunities to learn and engage with contemporary teaching practices, licensing codes, health and safety and other areas of the Early Childhood environment ensure our teachers are ready and well equipped to adapt to the continuously evolving classroom environment.
All staff is put through a thorough screening process that is approved by the Office of Licensing, Sate of New Jersey, Department of Children and Families
On site security is continually updated at the JCC. Please be advised that anyone entering the main entrance must enter through Kennedy Boulevard only. JCC members and JCC staff must present a valid JCC ID badge. Non-member program participants and visitors will be asked to provide a registration confirmation letter and a photo ID. Everyone entering the building may be asked to submit to a search of all packages and bags.
Parents utilizing the entrance to Toddler Town on 44th Street will be given a secure code (per family) to enter the door. We ask all parents not to keep the door open for anyone who comes after you but allow him or her to use their code to enter.
All doors of the building are alarmed. Please do not enter or leave through any door but the main entrance of the Toddler Town door.
Surveillance cameras are located around the entire perimeter of the building as well as internally throughout the floors.
The State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families licenses Toddler Town and the Lauren Wendroff Early Children’s Academy. The Department of Children and Families has developed standards for childcare centers. The JCC of Bayonne’s early childhood programs adhere strictly to these.
JCC of Bayonne membership is required to enroll your child in the programs. Members are accepted on a non-sectarian basis, without regard to race, creed or religion.
All children must submit a complete medical form (with immunization history and flu shot inoculation) and authorization for emergency treatment before the start of the program.