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Our High Quality Learning Program

In a warm and caring environment, the Glen Greenstein Early Childhood Development Center (ECD) provides...

A child development curriculum. We recognize the value of child-initiated active learning. We plan activities that build on children’s natural curiosity, are matched to children’s current and emerging abilities and allow for exploration and variation. Children are not asked to perform in a single “right way.”

Low enrollment limits. Studies have found that the fewer children per adult, the better the adult-child interaction. In addition to low staff-child ratio, our group sizes are limited to age appropriate high quality standards.

Staff that are certified in early childhood development and receive supervisory support and in-service training. Our staff is required to achieve specialized training in child development and early childhood education in order to further their skills. They keep up with best practices and new researched-based information in early childhood.

Involvement of parents as partners. Parent involvement is essential for your child's success in school. Although there are often many obstacles to such involvement (working-parent schedules and multiple demands on the family), our high quality program creatively overcomes these barriers. We offer many options for inviting family participation.

Developmentally appropriate evaluation procedures. Our teachers use child evaluation and research-based assessments to guide them in planning appropriate educational activities for individual children and the class as a whole. In addition, we share the results with parents and make recommendations for further evaluations when needed.

Sensitivity to the non-educational needs of children and their families. As part of a community network, we are aware of the services available and help guide families to obtain the assistance when needed. 

For more information, contact, ECD Director or call 305.271.9000 x301.


ECD Clickable Documents

Registration Form 2017-2018

Tuition Fees 2017-2018

Payment Authorization Form 2017-2018



2 months through 2 years

Taking care of infants and toddlers involves more than just meeting their physical needs. Our caregivers are responsive professionals concerned about all aspects of children's development. By using the clearly defined practices of the HighScope Infant-Toddler Curriculum, caregivers develop close and supportive relationships with the children. Our program creates an environment that recognizes infants' and toddlers' needs to look, listen, wiggle, roll, crawl, climb, rock, bounce, rest, eat, make noise, grasp, mouth or drop things. And even to be messy from time to time!
In our Infant-Toddler program, the physical space is safe, flexible and child-oriented. It provides comfort and accommodates children's changing developmental needs and interests.

Our HighScope comprehensive curriculum addresses all areas of infant-toddler development including:

• Approaches to learning
• Social and emotional development
• Physical development and health
• Communication, language and literacy
• Cognitive development
• Creative arts
Our infant-toddler classrooms are filled with a wide variety of materials for reaching, exploring and playing in their own way at their own pace. Materials appeal to children's senses and have varied properties to help them manipulate their environment and learn to explore.



Three to five year-olds
To provide high quality for our three to five year-old programs we focus on three important areas:

• Adult-child interactions are present when our teachers are working alongside children and communicating with them verbally and nonverbally. This encourages learning. Additional strategies include: supporting children's play, using encouragement instead of praise and taking a problem-solving approach to conflict.

• Our HighScope classroom environments are divided into interest areas filled with real life meaningful materials designed for specific types of play. These include a house area, art area, block area, small toy area, computer area and a reading and writing area. Materials are arranged in consistent places and the shelves are labeled so that children can put away materials themselves. The classroom's organization also helps children understand how the world is organized. They learn concepts such as: more, less, same, different, large, small, in and out.

• During our daily routine there is a consistent framework that provides a balanced variety of active learning opportunities.
Children engage in both individual and social play. They participate in small- and large-group activities, assist with cleanup, socialize during meals, develop self-care skills and exercise their small and large muscles. The most important segment of the daily routine is the“plan-do-review”sequence in which children make significant choices, carry out their ideas and reflect upon their activities with adults and other children.


Why Choose Our ECD Preschool?

• We are an A.P.P.L.E. accredited school (Accredited Professional Preschool Environment) through the Florida Association of Childcare Management (FACCM). This prestigious recognition involved a rigorous process of meeting high criteria in: learning environment; adult-child interactions; staff educational qualifications; adult-child ratios and group sizes; family engagement; program administration; curriculum; assessment and evaluation of the children and program; and community involvement.

• We offer enrichment programs including weekly Shabbat, music with a trained music specialist, creative movement classes, yoga instruction and a bi-monthly physical fitness fun bus program. Ballet, soccer, basketball and Spanish lessons are offered after school for an additional fee.

• Our Judaic components play a significant role in the young child’s development. By integrating Judaic experiences into a child’s life, a wholesome self-concept and a sense of identification is developed with the family, the Jewish community, the American people and the world at large.

• Included in our preschool program are weekly swimming lessons with Swim Gym in our Jr. Olympic-sized pool.

• Our active Parent Association is engaged in all aspects of the program from “funraisers to fundraisers.” We encourage family participation.


Our Facility Features:

• A spacious 18-room building with a large activity room for special events, holiday celebrations, parent-child activities and teacher training
• Beautiful paths and a lake, where children enjoy walks or buggy rides as a part of their daily activities
• Two large, lushly landscaped, age-appropriate playgrounds engage toddlers through preschoolers
• A specially designed, covered patio play area for infants and young toddlers.



Stop by or call 305.271.9000 x301 to schedule your preschool tour.

How To Enroll

All ECD preschool families (excluding free VPK-only) must be Program Members of the Dave and Mary Alper JCC. Program
Membership privileges include priority registration, access to members-only programs and full use of the facility including swimming pool, tennis and racquetball courts and indoor basketball gym. Program membership also includes discounts on summer camp, special events and classes. Families may upgrade their membership to include membership in our Fitness Center. To register for ECD preschool, call 305.271.9000 x301.


Tuition costs for our program are based on the child’s class level, length of day, and participation in early or late after care. Our fullday program includes discounted rates for winter and spring minicamps when school is closed for vacation. Flexible Schedules allow parents to choose from a variety of options to meet their childcare needs. We offer full- and extended-day care for infants and toddlers. Two, three and four year-olds have the option of attending part-time (9am-Noon, extended-days until 2pm or 4pm dismissal, and full-days from 7:30am-6pm).


Our Educators

Sandra Blasberg-Imar,  Early Childhood Director
Sandra joined the Alper JCC team in the Summer of 2016 and after a very successful first few months as the Interim Early Childhood Director, Sandra has accepted the position as the Early Childhood Director of our Glen Greenstein ECD. Prior to joining the Alper JCC family, Sandra was the Early Childhood Director at the Mandel JCC in Boynton Beach, and Assistant Director at Temple Moriah in suburban Chicago. Sandra is also part of the prestigious Sheva-Covenant Early Childhood Directors Institute, sponsored by the Covenant Foundation and JCC Association. She holds a Bachelor’s in Physical Education and a Master’s in Jewish Professional studies.

Sandra has done an incredible job re-invigorating our ECD community; parents, children, and staff.  She has begun to implement a more child-centered developmental approach, that has been both well received, and is showing meaningful gains in the classroom.  Sandra is regularly in the rooms observing and making small adjustments with both the teachers and the children.  She has exceeded our expectations and we are so happy to have her as the one in charge of our tiniest JCC members. For more information, contact, ECD Director or call 305.271.9000 x301.

Michelle Appelrouth-Rader, Early Childhood Assistant Director
Michelle was born and raised in Miami Florida, she has been a part of the Jewish community throughout her life.  She attended the Alper JCC preschool as well as programming throughout her childhood and later met her husband, Josh in the BBYO program held here on campus.  Michelle attained her Bachelors of Family and Child Science from Florida State University and her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.  She received her Florida Teaching Certificate in Family and Consumer Science and Preschool Education in July 2005.  Michelle has been both Director and Assistant Director at various preschools and has been a high school teacher throughout Miami Dade County Public schools specializing in training future Early Childhood Educators.  She is currently a Professional Development Specialist through the Council for Professional Recognition and has both her Directors and Staff Credentials through the Department of Children and Families.  Michelle has also been a supervisor for the JCC summer camp for over five years. She is extremely thrilled to join the JCC family full time and looks forward to meeting and getting to know each and every parent, child and family! For more information, contact, or call 305.271.9000 x244.

Teachers & Specialists
The staff includes teachers, assistants and specialists. All teachers hold a bachelor’s degree, associate of arts degree or early childhood certificate. The entire staff has taken the childcare training courses required by Miami-Dade County, as well as first aid and CPR. They have undergone a background screening and fingerprinting process, which is monitored by The Department of Children and Families and Childcare Licensing and Enforcement. As part of their continuing education, staff members are required to attend in-service classes throughout the school year.

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