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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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Amy Foster

CPO & Preschool Director

Natalie O’Brien

Assistant Preschool Director

Evin Rezavker

Director of Curriculum, Development and Retention

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!

Evin Rezavker, Director of Curriculum, Development, and Retention

I am very excited to be in my first year of working at the JCC! Before this I spent 14 years teaching in New York – in three different boroughs! The last three years I have been an Instructional Coach in North & Northeast Philadelphia. Which brings us to 2022 at the JCC where I will be working at the Preschool as a coach, assisting with the design and implementation of the Enrichment Program and ensuring that we recruit and retain the best possible staff at Camp Kef.

My husband, Vinny, and I live in a house that is filled with beautiful chaos. We have three awesome children who all attend the RJW Preschool. Ellis is 5.5, Jonah is 3.5 and Lily, aka Lil the Thrill, is 2 years old. Additionally, we share our lives with two beautiful doggies – Rosie, a 2 year old Golden Retriever and Reggie, a 2 month old Chihuahua Terrier mix.

The Teaching Staff

Nursery 1

Lihi Moskow, Lead Teacher
My name is Lihi Moskow. I’m the mother of three wonderful kids.  I have 12 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 5th year, working in the preschool and my 3rd 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!

Yadira Avendono, Assistant Teacher

Hi, I’m Yadira, I’m a psychologist and I have a master’s degree in human resources. I have worked as a teacher for 5 years in a school with children from 3 years to 12 years old, I love working with children and babies because I also have a son. I am delighted to meet all of you

Rosa Calle, Assistant Teacher

Xiaoye Zhang

Hi, my name is Xiaoye, I am the mother of my lovely son, Kayin, who is attending the 4 yrs old class at JCC this year.  Our family is new to PA and currently, we are staying in the lovely neighborhood at Wynnewood.  I call our family “globalists” since in the last 10 years we have lived on 3 continents, 4 different countries, and 5 cities around the world.  This global experience has allowed our family to have a good understanding of many different cultures and their human being needs.  And now we look forward to the opportunity to learn about the Jewish community and its culture.

As a professional, before I became a mother, I was in the financial industry as an HR consultant, recruiter, and career coach. In the past time, my family and I enjoy going to libraries, museums, and local shops and spending time with family and friends.

Children are the future of our world, early childhood education has definitely a big impact on this. In China, we have an idiom that says “千里之行,始于足下”, which translates to, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.  I believe that my son’s time at JCC will have a great and positive impact on his life and for that, I am truly grateful.

It is my pleasure to work with your children and help them to learn, grow, laugh, and especially to be there for them when they need it.  I look forward to meeting everyone in the JCC community and becoming friends.

Nursery 2

Taylor Deniken, Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Taylor Deniken and I am incredibly excited to return to the Robert J. Wild Preschool team. This will be my second year working at the JCC and my first year as a Lead Teacher in Nursery 2. 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 have been a swim instructor for over 10 years and through that experience I developed a 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.

Amanda Wilson, Assistant Teacher

Hi everyone! My name is Amanda Wiilson and I’m an assistant teacher in the infant room. I have two sons, Calvin and Caleb, who also attend this school. I am currently pursuing my AA in early childhood education at Montgomery County Community College. I love taking my boys out for fun activities, working out, and taking walks.

Samantha O’Malley, Assistant Teacher

Hello! My name is Samantha Omalley, I have worked at the JCC for 3 years and for the Jewish federation schools before that. I have 3 children, 10, 9 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!

Toddler 1

Martina Morgan, Lead Teacher

Hi, my name is Martina Morgan.  This is my second year 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.  My girls are 10 years old and an almost 11 months 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.

 Elizabeth Lara, Assistant Teacher

Toddler 2

Evelyn Avecillas, Lead Teacher

My name is Evelyn Avecillas (Miss Evii). I will be your children’s teacher this year. I am very excited to meet all your little ones and give my best this year. I’m from Ecuador and I moved to this incredible country 4 years ago. I graduated from the University of Cuenca with an early stimulation career. I started working at JCC Kaiserman 9 months ago. My intention during this year is to guide children with values, give them my attention, play with them, make art and above all take care of them. I just want your children to feel happy every day when they come to school. I appreciate for taking the time to read these words. I look forward to meeting you all and if you have any questions or concerns, I will be there to answer them. And as Oscar Wilde said, “The way to make good children is to make them happy.”
Much love
Miss Evelyn (aka: Evii)

Tiffany Teich, Assistant Teacher

My name is Tiffany, I have about 4 years of experience in childcare, I worked at the JCC in 2012-2015 as a camp counselor at Camp Kef and at the after school program Kid’s Time  as a counselor. I have 2 niece’s and a nephew and have loved being an Aunt over the last 4 years. I’m a super creative person. I’m a musician and love singing and playing guitar. My goal is to help create a safe, nurturing environment for your kids to be themselves to the fullest! I’m excited for a fun year ahead!

Maria Loja, Assistant Teacher

My name is Maria Loja. I’m from Ecuador.  I moved to this country about 6 years ago. My husband and I have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. I finished school and university in my country.  I am very social, happy and I love to dance.  I enjoy teaching and caring for children, they fill my heart with love and always bring a smile to my face.  I think that being a mother is the most beautiful experience in our lives.  My goal this year with the children is to make sure they feel secure, help them learn and grow and most of all play with them. I am very happy to be part of your children’s education, I hope for the best this year.

Toddler 3

Steff Baide, Lead 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!

Steph Freeman, Assistant Teacher

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.

Salam Wube, Assistant Teacher

Two-Year-Old Class 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, Jackie, and I have two daughters who have been at the JCC since they began their school lives.  Abigail is almost six and Quinny is three.  We have loved being a part of this community. I feel very invested in a great year at the JCC as both a parent and a teacher!  This is my second year as a preschool teacher, but I come with decades of experience teaching and caring for children.  I began my professional career as an elementary school teacher and later moved into teacher coaching, specializing in coaching literacy teachers.  Before Quinny was born I was the director of literacy for a network of school in Philadelphia.  I’m thrilled that two year olds have developed longer attention spans for books!  When I’m not at school I love to be outside and spend as much time as possible playing with my kids and new puppy, Scout, in the yard or digging in my flower beds.  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!

Brenda Portillo, Assistant Teacher

My name is Brenda and I am an assistant teacher.  This is my second year at the JCC.  I love working with children! I have one son, Oliver, who is four years old and is also here at the JCC.  I am originally from Honduras where I studied nursing and volunteered with the Red Cross.  When I’m not at school I love to play soccer and cook. I also take English classes through the Garces Foundation.  We just got a new kitten, Sonic, named after Oliver’s favorite cartoon.  I am excited to work with you and your children this year!

Eliza Bronson, Assistant Teacher

Hi! I am Eliza. I love children. I also love dragons, dinosaurs, and stories. I have been working with children professionally since 2018. Prior to that I did volunteer work with children while working in the pet industry.I love to encourage curiosity and exploration. I was a curious child myself. I believe every child’s story is important, and am excited to be a part of it.In my spare time, I like to create stories of my own.

John Cherry, Assistant Teacher

Two-Year-Old Class 2

Curtisha Neal, Lead Teacher

Hello everyone, My name is Curtisha Neal and I am returning back to the JCC for another great year. This year I will be working with the two year olds as Co- Leads with Miss Adriana. We are so excited to start the year. I have 10 years of experience working with children. I have 3 children of my own which two attend the JCC, our home away from home. When I have free time I love to cook and listen to music. I am looking forward to watching your children grow and develop great personalities.

Aaron Kessler, Assistant Teacher

Hi! My name is Aaron Kessler and I’m so excited to become a member of the JCC preschool family! I graduated from Rutgers University in 2019 with a degree in both Psychology and Education.  Although it’s my first year working at the JCC, I have years of experience working with children of all ages and abilities. I was a camper at Ramah Poconos and continued for 3 years as a counselor, 1 of them working in the newly formed summer special needs program.  I worked at Beth Hillel’s preschool program with the 4-Year-Olds for 1 year.  I also lived in Colorado as a live in Nanny for an adorable toddler.  I love music and reading and doing art projects as well as being outdoors in nature and getting regular exercise such as biking and yoga. I grew up in the area and graduated from Lower Merion High School in 2013. I was raised in the conservative movement of Judaism and although I’m not strictly religious, being Jewish is a very important part of my life/identity and I love celebrating the holidays with family and friends as well as learning torah on a weekly basis. I look forward to serving this community and hope to positively impact the lives of all the kids and teachers alike.

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.

Three-Year-Old Class 1

Faye Warsavage, Lead Teacher

Aunyee Baldwin, Assistant Teacher

Hiii! My name is Aunyée, but you can call me Yay! I am so happy to be returning to the JCC preschool and Camp Kef! I have 9 years of Early Childhood experience as both a Lead and an Assistant teacher. I enjoy rainbows, unicorns, and bags! I’m so excited for what the year has in store for us and cannot wait to see the progress of our class socially, educationally and emotionally!

Three-Year-Old Class 2

Marianne Shiber, Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Marianne Shiber. I have happily been a JCC Preschool Teacher for over 30 years! Karen and I cannot wait to spend each day with your children. I am married with three grown children who have all gone through our preschool program. We also love our dog, Jovie. She is lovable and has loads of energy. I am very excited to have a fun-filled school year with your children!

Karen Rosenfeld, Assistant Teacher

Hi, I am Miss Karen.  This school year will be my 24th year at the Robert J Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten. I have been married for 44 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.

Four-Year-Old Class 1

Kelly Flury, Lead Teacher

Hi! My name is Kelly Flury and I am very excited to return for my 5th year here at the JCC. I have been in early childhood education since 2007. I have my Bachelors in ECE from Eastern University. Throughout my time in education, I have moved from 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 18th 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 31 in December. We adopted her from Russia. Becky is a Staff Sergeant/Drill Sergeant in the Army at Fort Sill Oklahoma. I have an orange tabby cat named Koski. 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 2 Class

Tammy Roberts, Lead Teacher

Hi!!  My name is Tammy Roberts and I am one of the 4-year-old class teachers. This is my 30th year teaching here at the JCC! 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 Tammy in the 4-year-old class. I’ve worked here at the JCC for the past 27 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.

Patrick McFillin, Assistant Teacher

Hi, My name is Patrick McFillin and I am the new assistant teacher in the Four-Year-Old class.  I have been a lifeguard at the JCC pool since 2016 and I have a great time working at Camp Kef over the summer.  I studied at Delaware Community College and have an Associates Degree in criminal justice.  I am an avid Philly sports fan and especially a Philadelphia Eagles fan!  I am very excited to get started this year and I look forward to having a great year here at the Kaiserman JCC!

Kindergarten 1

Anika Ruud, Lead Teacher

Born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida, I 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 many leadership positions in my sorority, I also worked at the Jewish Community Alliance in Jacksonville, FL. I have 8 years of professional early childhood and elementary school experience, this being my 3rd year here at the JCC. Working with fourth grade, second grade and kindergarten children, I have to say that Kindergarten is my favorite! In my free time, I love walking and cycling, discovering new restaurants, and playing with my two dogs, Hank and Brady. I am so excited and ready for a fantastic, safe and fun school year! I can’t wait to meet your children so we can have an awesome year, learning and growing together.

Sandy Kassie, Assistant Teacher

I am a Northeast Philadelphia native. 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 watching movies, buying and selling 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 34 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 working in her field, and David is a Drexel University graduate and has started his own company called DVNC. They have also both worked and attended school at the JCC! I also have two fur grandbabies, Bean and Stitch.

Kindergarten 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 17 years in both preschool 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 35 years, 27 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!

Sara Rubin, Assistant Teacher

My name is Sara Rubin, and I am so excited to work in Kindergarten 2 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!

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.

Learn more about the Robert J. Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten:


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.

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.

 

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Amy Foster

CPO & Preschool Director

(610) 896-7770 x118

Amy Foster CPO & Preschool Director Hometown: Scarsdale, NY Favorite Jewish Holiday: Passover Favorite Philly Food: Water Ice I have over 30 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, Special…

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Natalie O’Brien

Assistant Preschool Director

(610) 896-7770 x119

Natalie O’Brien Assistant Preschool Director Hometown: Havertown, PA Favorite Jewish Holiday: Purim Favorite Philly Food: Soft Pretzels I have been working at the JCC for over 25 years! It’s definitely…

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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.