Philosophy & Program
Our preschool offers a variety of programs for young children. The education program of the preschool is based on the developmental needs of individual children. The basic goals of Early Childhood Education include structuring the environment to provide opportunities for children which aid in their growth. The program includes reading readiness, math concepts, science, social studies, motor development, creative arts, and music. Our preschool emphasizes fun and meaningful Jewish experiences, which include weekly Shabbat programs, holiday celebrations and intergenerational experiences.
Social development includes cooperating, sharing and interacting with others, making friends and relating positively to children and adults. This also includes learning to sit and listen as part of a group, following rules, and participating in an organized, routined atmosphere. The child also gains independence, as he/she is encouraged to do things on his/her own.
Emotional development relates to maintaining a comfortable separation from parents, a feeling of self esteem and general happiness, and an eagerness to participate in school activities. This includes encouraging the child to verbalize his/her feelings toward others, resolving conflicts on his/her own, and developing initiative in making choices and decisions about what to do and how to do it.
Cognitive development prepares your child for successful school experiences. This includes the development of reading readiness and math skills & social studies and science concepts. This also includes the development of listening skills, and thinking skills such as classification, seriation, temporal relations and spatial relations. Our readiness programs address all areas of growth and development.
Physical development includes gross and fine motion coordination, increase strength and agility, and an appreciation of the importance of good health habits.
Creative development emphasizes the skills that enable a child to develop new ideas and new modes of expression. The child then feels that his/her own ideas are worthwhile and he/she is willing to try new things. This is accomplished through art, dramatic plays, movement, and verbalization.
Jewish Identity is explored through an experiential programming approach to Judaism. Jewish traditions are enriched through holiday and Shabbat activities including song, prayer, arts and crafts, music and cooking.
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Tampa JCC North Branch Preschool
on the Maureen and Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus
13013 Community Campus Drive
Tampa, FL 33625
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Tampa JCC South Branch Preschool
JCC & Federation Preschool South
at Irving Cohen Center at Congregation Rodeph Sholom
2710 South Ysabella Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629
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For those families that may need scholarship or fee adjustments, limited financial assistance may be available. Please register according to the usual procedure. Ask the preschool office for a financial aid application packet. Click here for details.
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