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Robert J. Wilf Preschool & Kindergarten

The Robert J. Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten at the Kaiserman JCC in Wynnewood offers a nurturing, child-centered environment. Infants through accredited Kindergarten classes are complemented by gym, music class, Israeli dance, weekly Shabbat celebration and more. The teaching staff honors the uniqueness of each child, celebrating individual potential, and helping children question and discover. Maintaining a high standard of excellence is supported by teachers’ participation in professional development. The emergent curriculum permits learning activities that arise from each child’s interests, encouraging feelings of security and confidence in an age-appropriate atmosphere where each child feels free to explore, play, observe, question and make discoveries. Jewish heritage, values and traditions are celebrated, instilling a positive identity in each child. Plus, tuition includes a family membership to use our pools in the Summer!
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Contact us to learn more!

Amy Foster

CPO & Preschool Director

Natalie O’Brien

Assistant Preschool Director

The Directors

Amy Foster, Preschool Director

I can say without hesitation that the Robert J. Preschool and Kindergarten is the very best place to learn, grow and play. The teachers are dedicated and committed to offering children the best possible experiences. Natalie and I work together to support this program in every way possible. We have an amazing team of outstanding educators!

I have over 30 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Early Intervention, with many of those years in Jewish institutions. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Temple University and my master’s degree in Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University. I am married to my wonderful husband Steve. Together we have 3 children, 1 grandson named Bodhi (who is the light of my life) and an adorable Yellow Lab named Harley. My daughter Emily is 27 and she works right here at the Kaiserman JCC as our Graphic Designer. My son Jeremy is 21 and he is a Junior at PITT.  My stepson Ben is 19 and he is a Freshman at the University of the Sciences.  I have an open-door policy and can be reached by phone, email or feel free to just stop by. I am looking forward to another year of fun, learning, and happiness.

Natalie O’Brien, Assistant Director

Hi, my name is Natalie O’Brien. I have been working at the JCC for 25 years! It’s definitely my home away from home! There is truly a family atmosphere here with all of our staff. We truly care about one another, our families, and our program. Amy and I work very hard behind the scenes to make this school the best we can and care deeply about the results of our efforts! I married my high school boyfriend Jason, and we live in Havertown where we first met. We have three children who all attended school here at the Robert J. Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten. This year both our daughters will be in Haverford High School together. Emily is 14, in 9th grade and Taylor is 17, in 12th grade. They also work here as counselors during the summer at Camp Kef. Our son Trevor is 22 and works for Haverford Township. I don’t have much free time but if I could choose my most relaxing thing to do, it would be sitting in a chair by the water’s edge on the beach!! I’m looking forward to another great school year!

The Teaching Staff

Nursery 1

Lihi Moskow, Lead Teacher

My name is Lihi Moskow. I’m the mother of two wonderful kids.  I have 11 years of experience working with children at nurseries, preschools and as a private nanny. I’m a certified sleep consultant and a parental guide through “Idan Ha’horoot” college In collaboration with ״Tel- Hai״ Academic College in Israel. This is my 4th year, working in the preschool and my 2nd year as a lead teacher in the Nursery. I love working with babies and watching them grow their own unique personality.

Winnie the Pooh said: “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most space in your heart”. I’m excited to make space in my heart for all the little ones who will join us. I wish all of us a great year!

Taylor Deniken, Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Taylor Deniken and I am incredibly excited to join the team at Robert J. Wild Preschool. This will be my first year working as an assistant teacher in the nursery and I could not be more eager to start the year and get to know each of you. I come from a big family and am the oldest of four siblings. In my free time I enjoy doing yoga, reading, crocheting and hiking with my dog Hazel. I was a swim instructor for over eight years and through that experience I developed an deep appreciation for the minds of young children. Childhood is such a special and important time and I am truly grateful and honored for every opportunity I have to make a positive impact in a child’s life. Thank you so much for welcoming me into your community. I cannot wait to spend this next year learning and growing alongside you all.

Samantha O’Malley, Assistant Teacher

Hello! My name is Samantha Omalley, I have worked at the JCC for 2 years and for the Jewish federation schools before that. I have 3 children, 10, 8 and almost 2, they keep me very busy! I am very involved in my children’s schools and our synagogue. In my free time I like to take hikes with our dogs, read, draw and travel. I’m so happy to be back this year!

Martina Morgan, Assistant Teacher

Hi my name is Martina Morgan and I look forward to working at the JCC. I have a special love for children. I’ve worked in various school and childcare settings. I have 2 children of my own. A 9 year old and an almost 2 month old. In my spare time I love to shop or spend time with family and friends. I am excited to get to know each one of you.

Joe Simon, Assistant Teacher

I have been working with children since I was fifteen. I began at the Main Line Arts Center as a Teaching Artists Assistant and after five years working at their summer program, I moved to Camp Kef at the JCC. I graduated from Ursinus College with a Bachelors in Studio Art and minors in Film Studies, Art History, and Education. After I graduated college I worked at Kids Time Academy with students who were in virtual classes during the first full year of Covid. Ever since I worked my first job at Main Line Arts, I could not see myself working in any other fields than childcare or education, and I am thankful for being suited for this work. I love the community I have found at the Kaiserman JCC and love that I get to work here in a greater capacity than just Camp Kef.

Nursery 2

Alex D’Antonio, Lead Teacher

My name is Alex DAntonio and I have been working with children for the last 15 years. I am the mother of two young boys and come from a very big family! I have studied early childhood education and psychology, and also worked in preschools and in home daycares over the years.  This is my third year in the nursery at the JCC, and first as the lead. I am really excited to watch your children grow and learn.

“Sometimes the littlest things, take up the most room in your heart” – Winnie the Pooh

Estefany Baide, Assistant Teacher

My name is Estefany Adriana Murillo Baide but everyone calls me Steff. During this past summer I was a Camp KEF counselor for young toddlers which I absolutely loved. I have a large family with lots of nieces and nephews on which I have gained experience. I love working with kids it’s always a learning and unique experience. I can’t wait to watch them grow. I have a daughter she’s 3 years old and she will be attending the JCC family for the school year. I love listening to music while I cook for my family. I love reading books, I enjoy going for walks. I am happy and thankful to be here, and I look forward to getting to know your children!

Eyerusalem Wube, Assistant Teacher

Ilana Hirsch, Assistant Teacher

My name is Ilana Hirsch and this is going to be my first year working at the JCC as a teacher assistant in the nursery. I grew up in Bala Cynwyd and attended JCC when I was in preschool as well as many summer sessions throughout my childhood. I still have fond memories of being here. I am the youngest of three and I have been around kids since I, myself, was a kid; babysitting younger cousins, nannying in various capacities, babysitting, volunteering with kids on the autism spectrum, tutoring English to children in Tel Aviv; I have always been fascinated with children’s development and I find that watching them figure things out themselves, develop, and grow into themselves as people is the most rewarding thing. I love reading, writing, art, music, riding my bicycle, hiking, going to the dog park with my Belgian Malinois, spending time with my one-year-old nephew, and learning about other cultures. I welcome this opportunity to learn from your children and help them to thrive as they learn about the world around them.

As Dr. Seuss said, “Be who you are and say what you feel because the ones who mind don’t matter, and the ones who matter don’t mind.”

Toddlers 1

Kimber Hamilton, Lead Teacher

Hello, families!

My name is Kimber Hamilton and I’m very excited to be your child’s teacher this year.  My wife and I have two daughters, four years old and two years old, who have been at the JCC since they began their school lives.  We have loved being a part of this community and I am very happy to take the lead teacher role in the one-year-old room this year.  While this is my first year as a lead teacher here, I come with decades of experience teaching and caring for children.  I began my professional career as an elementary school teacher and, from there, moved into teacher coaching specializing in coaching literacy teachers.  Before our second daughter was born, I was the director of literacy for a network of schools in Philadelphia.  You can be sure there will be plenty of reading good books in our room this year!  I love to be outside and spend as much time as possible playing with my kids in the yard or digging in my flower beds.  I look forward to lots of fresh air play and exploration with your little ones.

I know it can be very difficult to leave your child with someone new.  I promise to make sure your child is healthy, happy, safe, and loved every single day.  I look forward to meeting you!

John Cherry, Assistant Teacher

Hello, everyone! My name is John Brandon Cherry. I come from a family of educators, and am the eldest of four. I love music, traveling, and good food! Although this is my first year at the JCC, I was a Camp KEF counselor over the summer, and really enjoyed working with the children and aiding in providing a safe and nurturing environment for them. I’m looking forward to a wonderful school year, filled with learning, new experiences, and fun!

Brenda Portillo, Assistant Teacher

Toddlers 2

Evelyn Avecillas, Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Evelyn. I am so excited to meet your children!

Stephon Freeman

Hi! My name is Stephon Freeman. This will be my fifth year working at the JCC. I’m very excited for my first year as an assistant teacher in the preschool. Before I was offered this wonderful opportunity, I worked with the Kids Time program as well as the Camp Kef summer program. I am a communications major studying at Saint Joseph’s University. I specify in graphic design and music.

Teaching and assisting in a classroom is something that runs in my family. My grandmother was a teacher for most of her life. She began in highschool and then worked her way up to the college level. My mother was a teacher for 15 years at the Gesu School. Like myself, she started in preschool and worked her way to fifth grade. She then became the dean of students at the Gesu school. Now she works with families of students who attend the Cristo Rey Highschool of Philadelphia. I say this to say that I am very excited for MY TURN! I look forward to applying all of my experience and knowledge to ensure a wonderful year at the JCC.

Two-Year-Old Class 1

Curtisha Neal, Assistant Teacher

Hello everyone. My name is Curtisha Neal and I am so excited to join The Robert J Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten family. I have 8 years of experience working with children 6 and under.  I worked in multiple Montessori schools. I have two children of my own ages 5 and 10 months. Working with young children is my calling. I love to watch them grow! I am also currently attending Strayer University online classes. I love to listen to music, cook and play games with family.

Bonnie Widger, Assistant Teacher

Hi!!! My name is Bonnie. I have an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Neumann University and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Springfield College. I have been working with children for over 15 years. In my spare time I enjoy crocheting and shopping for yarn. I also love to bake and have fun trying out new recipes. I’m very excited to be working in the Toddler Classroom this year.  We are going to have such a fun year.

Brittany Kirschner, Assistant Teacher

Hi! My name is Brittany Kirschner. I have been working with children for the past 10 years. I have been a Preschool Teacher for the past 5 years. The children inspire me to come to work each day. This coming year is going to be very exciting for me both professionally and personally. I am getting married on November 13th, 2021.    Also, I am thrilled for my 2nd year here at the JCC!  I look forward to a wonderful year.

Two-Year-Old Class 2

Faye Warsavage, Lead Teacher

Hi!  My name is Faye and I am so excited to be the Lead teacher this year. This will be my third year at the JCC preschool.

I will be starting my associate’s degree in early childhood education this spring. I grew up in South Africa in a large family with seven amazing siblings that I love and care for deeply. My mom was a social worker and foster care parent, so I have grown up taking care of children of all ages. I was also blessed to work as a therapeutic support staff for a boy with special needs for four years and I gained so much from that experience. I also spent four years traveling South Africa and other neighboring countries doing volunteer work for children in underdeveloped communities. I can’t wait to spend the next year learning and growing with all of you!!

Adriana Carvalho, Assistant Teacher

Hello!  I am Adriana de Carvalho.  I am passionate about education, improving human lives and sustaining the environment.  I hold a master’s degree in Environmental Education and Sustainability, two Post-graduate work and more than 25 years of experience teaching K-12, designing curricula, research and sustainability projects. I have worked with Carnegie Mellon University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Teachers College Columbia University for the past 15 years combined, collaborating with awarded School Districts and State Parks in Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts.

Two years ago, I decided to serve our community and go back to teaching young children in the classroom.  I bring creative, effective, engaging and innovative thinking to classrooms with my warm attitude and professional etiquette.

I recently moved to Narberth with my family.  I speak English, Portuguese and Spanish. I love children, languages, cultures, science, mathematics, reading, hiking, fishing, gardening, visiting my family in Brazil every summer and being a mother of two amazing kids and an adorable silly goldendoodle.

Two-Year-Old Class 3

Natasa Kovecevic, Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Natasa Kovacevic. I am so excited to start my second year at JCC! I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and I am currently attending graduate school at Temple University where I study Early Childhood Education. I have worked for many years with children of different ages, first as an Au Pair and later as a nanny, and now at JCC. In my free time, I love to go camping or adventure outdoors with my son Maksim, who is 10 years old, and our dog Diesel. My family and I love to travel, we love music, cooking, baking, road trips, and anything that will get us outside.

Karen Rosenfeld, Assistant Teacher
Hi, I am Miss Karen.  This school year will be my 23rd year at the Robert J Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten. I have been married for 43 years and I have two grown children and two adorable grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy reading and traveling. I’m looking forward to another memorable year and consider it an honor to be with your children.

Three-Year-Old Class 1

Marianne Shiber, Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Marianne Shiber.  I have happily been a JCC Preschool Teacher for over 30 years!  Jen Graboyes and I have been a team for 11 years.  We cannot wait to spend each day with your children.  I am married with tree grown children who have all gone through our preschool program.  We welcomed a dog named Jovie to our family last year. She is lovable and has loads of energy.   I have very excited to have a fun filled school year with your children!

Jen Graboyes, Assistant Teacher

My name is Jen Graboyes. I am going to be 34 years old in November. When I am not at work I enjoy traveling, cooking, trying new restaurants in the area, taking walks and being around my friends and family. I love the beach but my favorite season is Fall. I studied Psychology and Education at West Chester University. I have been working at the JCC since I was 14 years old, as a Camp Counselor and I have worked with ages 2 yrs to 4th grade. This is my 12th year working at the Robert J. Wild Preschool. I believe children make life more fun and each one of them can teach us so much. I am so excited to start another year learning and growing with these children!

Three-Year-Old Class 1

Kelly Flury, Lead Teacher

Hi! My name is Kelly Flury and I am very excited to return for my 4th year here at the JCC. I have been in early childhood education since 2007. I have my Bachelors in ECE for Eastern University. Throughout my time in education I have moved between Teacher to Administrator and now I’m back in the teaching position and I couldn’t be happier! I enjoy spending time with my husband and our families. When I am not teaching, I can be found with my nieces and nephews or relaxing on the beach. I am looking forward to an amazing school year here!

Marsha Millman, Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Marsha Millman. Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m going on my 17th year working at the preschool. I was in the dental field as a dental technician making crowns and bridges. Later, I became a dental assistant. I met my best friend, my soulmate, Mark on a blind date. We have been married for 31 years! We have a daughter named Becky. She will be 30 in December. We adopted her from Russia. Becky is a Drill Sergeant in the army at Fort Steele Oklahoma. I have an orange tabby cat named Koski and a newly adopted Shih Tzu mix named Teddy. Some of my hobbies are cooking, shopping, traveling, especially cruising. I look forward to teaching and nurturing your children with games and doing projects and of course love and having fun.

Four-Year-Old Class

Tammy Roberts, Lead Teacher

Hi!!  My name is Tammy Roberts and am the 4 year old class teacher.  I have been teaching here at the JCC for 28 years and I am looking forward to many more!!  I graduated from West Chester University with a BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.  I also took many Reading Instruction classes on the graduate level at the University of Delaware.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. . I enjoy jumping in the waves at the beach, playing mah jong and eating in restaurants.  I also enjoy volunteering at my synagogue.  My motto is “It’s nice to be nice!”  I try to instill that into the children that I teach daily.

Ruth Santone, Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Miss Ruth. I am very excited to be working with the Tammy in the 4-year-old class.  I’ve worked here at the JCC for the past 24 years. Prior to here, I spent 9 years working in a Kindergarten class at a different childcare center.  I love working here and being able to help the children grow and develop.  In my personal life I have 2 adult married children, 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.  I look forward to my weekends to spend quality time with my grandchildren. In my spare time, I enjoy catching up with family and friends over an enjoyable, relaxing dinner. I also like going for walks, especially on a perfect fall or spring day. I am a true animal lover and I cannot wait to hear about your child’s favorite animal.

K-1

Anika Ruud, Lead Teacher

I am so excited and beyond ready for a fantastic, safe and fun school year! Born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida, I recently moved to Philadelphia with my fiancé who attends Swarthmore College. I graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. While attending classes and holding leadership positions in my sorority, I also worked at the Jewish Community Alliance in Jacksonville. I have 7 years of professional early childhood and elementary school experience working with fourth grade, second grade and kindergarten children. I have to say that Kindergarten is my favorite! I am so looking forward to meeting your children so we can have an awesome year, learning together and growing together.

Sandy Kassie, Assistant Teacher

I am a native of Northeast Philadelphia. I received my undergraduate degree right here in Philadelphia at Temple University. Currently, I am living in Havertown and love the fact that I am a stone’s throw away from the Kaiserman JCC. I have worked at the JCC since 1998 in various roles in the Preschool and Camp. My hobbies are movies, antique jewelry and I also love to collect random objects. I am a seasoned world traveler, having been to Israel many times where I have extended family. I have been married to my wonderful husband Bruce for 33 years. I have a lovely stepdaughter, Lila who is an amazing, gluten free French Pastry Chef. She has a successful business named Flakely. Bruce and I have 2 beautiful children: Talia and David. Talia is a Temple University graduate and is currently a Wedding Coordinator in Manayunk at a venue called Artesino Gallery. David is a Drexel University graduate and has started his own company called DVNC. I have two fur grandbabies, Bean and Stitch! They have also both worked and attended school at the JCC!

Sara Rubin, Assistant Teacher

My name is Sara Rubin, and I am so excited to work in K-1 this year. I grew up attending the JCC pre-school and summer camp and graduated from Lower Merion High School in 2005. I studied History and Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!), then went to law school at Cardozo School of Law in NYC and worked in criminal defense. When I moved back to this area, I started working part-time at Kids Time and the pre-school, and I loved it so much that I eventually moved to full-time and am now entering my seventh year here. I’m looking forward to this being the best year yet!

K-2

Lesley Gotlib, Lead Teacher

My name is Lesley Gotlib. I am the K2 teacher and thrilled to be part of the Robert J. Wilf Preschool family. I have been in the educational field for the past 16 years in both a preschool capacity and elementary classrooms. I have a Masters in Elementary Education and I am certified as a Reading Specialist.

My educational belief is that children learn through play and I’m enthusiastic about watching and guiding your children through new experiences in our class. I look forward to this opportunity and the wonderful year ahead. I live in Delaware County with my husband, Mark, and we have 3 wonderful children Zac, Molly Claire, and Joshua.

Maria Voight, Assistant Teacher

Welcome to another exciting school year! I have been an Assistant Teacher for 34 years, 24 of them spent here at the Robert J. Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten. I have been involved in many capacities of the school and helped educate many graduates. I began my career in a babysitting service and have worked with children ranging from 2 years old to Kindergarten. I have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren. When I’m not working, you can find me taking the troops out on walks or spending quality time at the playground. I enjoy cooking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. I look forward to continuing to nurture the growth of our present and future students! This is going to be a fun year and I am looking forward to learning about you and your children!

Joshua Quigley, Assistant Teacher

Hello, my name is Joshua Quigley. My family has deep roots with academics dating back to my Great-Grand Father working at the University of Pennsylvania for over 50 years. I have followed in my family’s footsteps in pursuing my life’s avocation of helping others and I have found nothing so richly rewarding than enriching the lives of our future. I studied at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Music Education. I have 7 years of professional early childhood and elementary school experience. I primarily work with kindergarten to second-grade individuals. I have experience as a paraprofessional working directly with students. I have taught at the high school level as well. I am a camp counselor here at Camp Kef as well. I am here to treat your child as if they are my own. To build a better tomorrow for children today.

Full-time substitutes

 

 

Rates and Fees

2022-2023 School Year

Full day 8:00am to 4:30pm
Half day 8:00am to 12:30pm

See below for registration!

Infant / Toddler Rooms Tuition
5 Full Days $19,340
5 Half Days $12,740
3 Full Days $14,050
3 Half Days $9,680
2, 3 & 4 Year Olds Tuition
5 Full Days $13,920
5 Half Days $8,460
3 Full Days $9,500
3 Half Days $7,200
Kindergarten Tuition
5 Full Days $13,920
Discounts Amount
Sibling Discount $1,160
Click here for Preschool Registration Form Click here for Registration Directions
Scholarship Information

While we keep our tuition as low as possible, we recognize that some families may need financial assistance. Scholarships are available for our preschool through the Foundation for Jewish Day Schools and the JCC.

Parents must apply for a scholarship for children between 3 – 6 years old as of December 31, 2022 through the Foundation for Jewish Day Schools before submitting a JCC scholarship application for preschool or kindergarten.

Click here for the Foundation for Jewish Day Schools application (for children 3 years old to 6 years old as of December 31, 2022)

Click here for the JCC scholarship application.

Please be assured that all information is strictly confidential.

Contact us to learn more!

Amy Foster

CPO & Preschool Director

The Robert J. Wilf Preschool & Kindergarten is a great place to grow! Your child can expand his or her world, learn, and most importantly, have fun in a safe environment. Our program also introduces children to the customs and traditions of Jewish life, Shabbat and Jewish holidays through the integration of songs, art, stories, food and special guests.


Infants

Come and enjoy our wonderful world in the Nursery.  The staff focuses on helping infants meet all the milestones necessary for healthy growth and wellness.  Teachers design experiences that are safe, nurturing and stimulating to help children explore and make discoveries.  Children in the Nursery participate in weekly music class, J-Play for gross motor development and join the rest of the school on Fridays for Shabbat.  They also begin learning baby sign language; enjoy walks in strollers outside every day (weather permitting), benefit from tummy time, music and story time.


Toddlers

The Toddler classroom environment encourages exploration.  Teachers design experiences that are safe, nurturing and stimulating to help children explore and make discoveries. The staff uses open ended activities and materials that promote inquiry and investigation.  The children in these classes are just beginning to communicate their needs on their own.  The staff creates an environment rich in language and play using movement, blocks, music, books, nature, water, art and dramatic play materials to enhance children’s growth and development. Children in the Toddler class enjoy music and story time, walks outside every day and outdoor play time in the private Toddler Playground (weather permitting) where they can safely use equipment and develop strong gross motor skills.  They also participate in weekly music class, J-Play for gross motor development and join the rest of the school on Fridays for Shabbat.


2 & 3 year-olds

Our pre-school program will help your child begin to develop his/her emotional, physical, and intellectual skills, while teaching important social skills. We also focus on developing large and small motor skills for mobility development and coordination. Our teachers provide nurturing supervision and positive guidance through consistency, encouragement and support. Teachers use an emergent curriculum which permits learning activities that arise from each child’s interests, encouraging feelings of security and confidence in an age-appropriate atmosphere where each child feels free to explore, play, observe, question and make discoveries. Learning activities and children’s experiences also align with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards. This class goes outside everyday (weather permitting), enjoy lots of stories and songs during circle time, participates in weekly Music Class, Creative Movement, Hebrew, Gym Class, J-Play (for 2’s), and Creative Movement classes, Jewish history and join the rest of the school on Fridays for Shabbat.


4 year-olds

Our program provides a fun and stimulating learning environment that prepares the children for kindergarten. Our teachers encourage social skill development with imagination and creativity. Through interactive play, fun activities and a wide range of interest areas your child will develop the skills necessary for kindergarten and beyond. Field trips and classroom visitors are also part of the curriculum. Teachers use an emergent curriculum which permits learning activities that arise from each child’s interests, encouraging feelings of security and confidence in an age-appropriate atmosphere where each child feels free to explore, play, observe, question and make discoveries.  Learning activities and children’s experiences also align with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards. This class goes outside everyday (weather permitting), enjoy lots of stories and songs during circle time, participates in weekly Music Class, Gym Class, Jewish History, Hebrew, Creative Movement, and join the rest of the school on Fridays for Shabbat.


Kindergarten (1 & 2)

The Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2 curriculum include language arts, beginning reading skills, mathematics, science, social studies, and arts & crafts. Our teachers emphasize academic and social skills necessary for children to succeed in the grades ahead. A variety of teaching strategies are utilized – individual, small, and large groups. All are designed to fit the needs of the children so they can experience success. Teachers use an emergent curriculum which permits learning activities that arise from each child’s interests, encouraging feelings of security and confidence in an age-appropriate atmosphere where each child feels free to explore, play, observe, question and make discoveries. Learning activities and children’s experiences also align with the Pennsylvania Kindergarten Standards. This class goes outside everyday (weather permitting), enjoy lots of stories and songs during circle time, participates in weekly Music Class, Hebrew, Gym Class and Creative Movement, and join the rest of the school on Fridays for Shabbat. Children learn about Jewish customs, traditions, holidays, and they develop a connection to the Land of Israel and its people. Tzedakah and Mitzvot, charity and kindness are two major concepts that guide our Jewish learning. Field trips and classroom visitors are also part of the curriculum.

“K1 vs. K2, what’s the difference”?

Kindergarten 1 is typically for children who turn 5 in the fall and miss the September 1st cut off for our local school district Kindergarten.  However, children with late summer birthdays may also attend K1 as a deciding year with regard to readiness for 1st grade. Kindergarten 2 is for children who are 5 years old by September 1st.  Children who attend K2 go on to 1st grade the following school year. Both classes are full day and licensed Kindergarten classes. They share the same curriculum goals.

Creative Curriculum

The most important goals of our preschool curriculum are for children to get along well with others and become enthusiastic learners. Learn more about the Creative Curriculum® 

Sheva: Early Learning Framework

We are very excited to introduce a new framework for Early Childhood Educators, Sheva. The seven core elements of Sheva are firmly rooted in the latest research in child development. Learn more about Sheva

Our Staff

Our school is a place where children learn and grow with support from nurturing professional educators. Our teachers are committed to honoring the uniqueness of each child and celebrating their individual potential. We also support and empower parents, clearly understanding that they are a child’s first and most important teachers.

Specials

Each week, your child will work with a variety of specialists that create new experiences and fun for the children in our program.

Specials include:
  • Creative Movement
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Shabbat

Scholarships

While we keep our tuition as low as possible, we recognize that some families may need financial assistance. Generous scholarships are available for our preschool to assist with the cost of membership. If you need financial assistance for children 3 and 4 years of age, applications for partial scholarships are available online here: https://aim.applyISTS.net/FJDS. For more information, contact Amy Foster at (610) 896-7770 x 118 or by email at afoster@phillyjcc.com.  Please be assured that all information is strictly confidential.  Click here for the JCC scholarship application.

Contacts

Amy Foster, Preschool Director

610-896-7770 x118, afoster@phillyjcc.com

Natalie O’Brien, Preschool Assistant Director

610-896-7770 x119, nobrien@phillyjcc.com

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Kaiserman JCC is committed to admitting to programs and providing services to children and adults without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, age, sex or national origin including limited English proficiency. Program services shall be made accessible to eligible persons with disabilities through the most practical and economically feasible methods available. These methods include but are not limited to equipment redesign the provision of aids and the use of alternative service delivery locations. Structural modifications shall be considered only as a last resort among available methods. Any individual or guardian of a minor child who believes they have been discriminated against may file a complaint of discrimination with the Kaiserman JCC.

Creative Curriculum

What is the Creative 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.
  • The Creative Curriculum meets all of the criteria for a developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum.

Goals of the Curriculum

The most important goals of our preschool curriculum are for children to get along well with others and become enthusiastic learners. We want children to become independent, self-confident, curious learners who can work well with others. We’re teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but all through their lives. We do this by creating purposeful and productive play experiences that help children grow in all areas.

Our curriculum identifies goals in four areas of development:
  • Social/emotional: 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.
  • Physical: 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.
  • Cognitive: 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.
  • Language: 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.

Through the activities we plan and the way we organize the classroom, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, communicate with children and assess progress, we seek to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.