Come and discover an inviting place of learning, fun and curiosity for your child.

Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and educationally sound environment for every child to benefit. We believe that learning should not be measured in percentages, but in daily progress. We offer a curriculum that encompasses both academic lessons and character development.

Each child is a unique learner and at our nursery school we focus on creating a plan that focuses on each individual. When creating a plan that benefits each child, mutual respect and open dialogue between family and staff is absolutely necessary.

We strive to help create a positive experience with learning and promote each child to develop a love of learning at a young age. When your family joins the Lauren Wendroff Early Children’s Academy, you are not just joining a school — you are joining a community.

Our school is a 12-month program – September through August. Admission is on a rolling basis depending on availability.

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Kaitlyn Flannery, Director
(201) 436-6900


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Toddlers Classroom A

Pre-K Classroom



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:

Physical Education

Children are given multiple opportunities to explore their gross motor skills throughout the day. Our structured gym class focuses on different sports monthly. Lesson plans are carefully designed for ages 3-5. The class is non-competitive and instructional. Proper body mechanics of each sport, equipment names and game language are learned. 

Children are also given ample time to expend their energy through play in the Hudson County Park or open gym in our full-sized gymnasium with child friendly equipment. 

American Sign Language

Experts say that teaching preschool aged children sign language can help with vocabulary building and letter retention because there is muscle memory involved in the learning. As a multilingual school we offer sign language so that we have one common form of communication for all children and staff in the center. 

Wobble Room 

Our new soft foam playroom allows preschoolers to play hard, but fall soft while they run, jump, build, climb, and roll.


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.  

Music & Movement

When children take part in music and movement activities, they are allowed to have fun and be creative. Participating in music and movement helps to develop and refine social skills. Children learn to work together as a team. They also learn to share and how to be creative as a group. 


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.


The State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families licenses 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.


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.

All doors of the building are alarmed. Please do not enter or leave through any door but the main entrance or the Toddler Town door.

Surveillance cameras are located around the entire perimeter of the building as well as internally throughout the floors.


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.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available for eligible families. For more information, please contact Sophie Ayad, Financial Account Director, at (201) 436-6900 or

Health Forms

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.