We welcome children 3 months to five years old and their families. We are nationally recognized among other JCC schools and have an exceptionally low teacher-to-child ratio.
Looking for more information about our programs? Contact:
Early Childhood School Administrative Associate – Mercer Island
Early Childhood School
The Early Childhood School accepts children from age 3 months through Kindergarten. Classes are divided by age as follows:
Infants: Our infants start as young as three months and stay in the infant program for the duration of the school year.
One Year Olds: Our one year olds will start the school year between 12 and 24 months and will stay in their cohort for the remainder of the school year.
Two Year Olds: Our two year olds will start the school year between 24 and 36 months and will stay with their cohort for the remainder of the school year.
Three Year Olds: Our three year olds will start the school year as three year olds and stay with their cohort for the remainder of the school year.
Four Year Olds/Pre-K: Children are four-turning-five in our pre-k program.
Classes ages 2-5
The J offers a variety of enrichment classes for kids, both during and after the school day.
Seeds of Empathy
Seeds of Empathy is a program that foster social emotional competence and early literacy skills for pre-k c hildren. The mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. The programs run in three-week cycles that build on a particular theme:
Literacy Circles: Weeks 1 and 2
During the first two weeks of the three-week cycle, literacy coaches follow a curriculum that supports interactive learning (i.e., music and movement, art, drama, and discussion) based on children’s literature. On four occasions during each theme, children gather around a blanket and hear a story.
Family Visit: Week 3
The third week includes a family visit, where a baby (two to four months old) and his or her parents visit the classroom. A family guide coaches the children to observe the developmental milestones, read the baby’s cues, and understand the baby as an individual. The children begin to better comprehend their own uniqueness and feelings, and the feelings of others. They continue to learn that our brains grow best when we feel safe, secure, and loved, as shown through the relationship between the visiting parents and baby.