Exemplifying Excellence in Early Childhood Education
Mary Zarrilli, Director
Jewish Senior Service’s Child Development Center is a nurturing place for children of all denominations. The program is State Licensed and open 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.
Babies, toddlers and preschoolers are natural learners. Children are happy and excited at play and are also learning. They learn about the world around them naturally manipulating, smelling, observing and investigating everything within their reach. They are explorers groping around for sensory answers to their mental questions. They learn by doing!
Our mission is to provide the highest quality child care in a safe, warm, relaxed and happy environment where each child is loved and respected for who they are. Our Center is truly your child’s home away from home. We provide a daily log sheet that describes your child’s day. We take delight in working with your child through each stage of their development.
Play and education go hand in hand as lifelong skills are established through play. A child learns to trust, forge friendships, develop critical thinking skills, problem solve, develop speech and language skills, use their creative imagination, understand scientific cause and effect, hypothesize and integrate their learning into their environment. We love to have fun and happy children are a priority. To this end we provide pizza every Friday and during the summer months the Good Humor truck stops by to visit each Wednesday. The children love both of these treats as well as the many other special activities we provide for them during the year. We understand it is the parents who know their child best and we work to develop strong partnerships between home and The Child Development Center upon which to build your child’s future success. It is through play and education that children learn and develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
Our teachers are experienced early childhood professionals and the majority of which have been with The Center for over 10 years. They provide a warm, safe, nurturing atmosphere in which children develop self-esteem and confidence. Ongoing training is encouraged and our teachers are dedicated to fostering a positive environment. All teachers are first aid and CPR Certified and receive this training annually. Fitness and music and movement specialists visit regularly to enhance classroom activities. A Registered Nurse Consultant works with updating the children’s immunizations and special medical plans, such as those for allergies or asthma. Also, a Registered Dietician, Educational Consultant, Social Work Consultant and Dental Consultant work with the Center on a regular basis and are also available to meet with parents.
We cater to each baby’s individualized schedule and needs. We use a daily log, to understand and follow your baby’s schedule for the day. This log is returned to you completely filled out by the teachers and lets you know how your child’s day went. We welcome and encourage breast feeding and formula feeding for babies. We have a quiet space for breast feeding your baby should you have the time to visit with us during the day. We establish and build trust with the infants and their parents. Babies are held and interacted with all day long. We love working with the babies to provide tummy time, to help them with acquiring their new skills of feeding themselves, learning to crawl, and walking and many other skills. As our infants become mobile they start their journey on to the toddler world of independence.
As toddlers they explore their new world with curiosity and eagerness. We provide for their safety while allowing them the room necessary to grow. At this stage of development the children will begin to develop their use of language, socialize, understand their emotions, learn to use the toilet, enjoy learning and repeating songs, and developing their large and small muscles. This adds up to a very busy day for active toddlers.
Our preschool program provides a teacher planned curriculum as well as time for emergent curriculum that is child driven. Importance is placed on promoting a strong sense of self as both individuals and members of the group. An important goal of our curriculum is to help children become independent, self-confident, enthusiastic learners. Our program guides and develops their successful socialization while providing challenging learning opportunities.
The Child Care Center is in its own separate building and located on the beautiful 15 acre campus of Jewish Senior Services which is the perfect setting for stroller walks, and nature studies. There are two enclosed outdoor play areas with bikes, riding toys, sandbox, swings and two wooden jungle gyms which incorporate a rope climbing ladder, bridge, boat and slide.
There is also enough indoor space for movement should the children be unable to go outside due to inclement weather. We are located conveniently just off Merritt Parkway exit 46 or 47.
For more information please call Mary Zarrilli, Director at (203) 396-1005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org