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Preschool 3 & Pre-K
Why Choose Our Preschool?
Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten
After School Enrichment Classes
Welcome Our New Director!
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 Phyllis Bochman,
Two Months Through Two 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 Through 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.
• 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.
• Our ECD preschool is a recipient of the Five-Star Early Learning Award. Quality Counts Voluntary Five-Star Rating System is a program of the Miami-Dade County Early Learning Coalition that reviews programs according to clearly defined, high quality standards. This recognition indicates that we are in the top ten percent of early childhood centers in South Florida.
• 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.
• A spacious 18-room building with a large activity room for special
events, holiday celebrations, parent-child activities and teacher
• 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.
The Glen Greenstein ECD participates in the State of Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program*
*Inclusive of State of Florida's VPK 540 Hours
- Free Morning Program: 9am-12:15pm
- Reduced Rate Full Day: 7:30am-6pm
The Glen Greenstein ECD along with other Alper JCC departments offer a wide variety of After School Enrichment Classes for preschoolers such as cultural arts and athletics. To access the Class Finder, click here.
Stop by or call 305.271.9000 x301 to schedule your tour of our preschool.
How To Enroll
All ECD preschool families (excluding free VPK-only) must be Program or Family 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. Family Membership is an upgrade that includes membership in our Fitness Center.
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 full day program includes discounted rates for winter and spring mini-camps 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).
To register, or for more information, please call 305.271.9000 x301 or write to email@example.com
. You can also find tuition fees and a registration form to print out at this link.
Dr. Phyllis Bochman
Early Childhood Education Director
• Doctorate Degree from Nova University
• Specializations in Early Childhood and Elementary Education,
and Organizational Leadership
• State of Florida Advanced Director Credential
• A college professor and mentor to early childhood professionals
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.
Glen Greenstein ECD Open House
Registration for NEW Families
Sunday, August 12, 9:30-11:30am
Come meet the director and have a tour of our school!
Parent Child Orientation
Sunday, August 19, 9:30am-11:30am
On the day before school starts you and your child will have an opportunity to meet and greet all of the staff and help to kick off a great year.