Our Programs

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 Administrator Nicci Burrell or call 206-388-0825.

Early Childhood Programs


The Early Childhood School accepts children from age 3 months through pre-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-Two 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-Three 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-Four 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-Five Year Olds/Pre-K: Children are four-turning-five in our pre-k program.

Bilingual English/Hebrew Class

ECS offers a bilingual English/Hebrew classroom for kids in the Threes and Fours Program.

Learning a second language at a young age helps with brain development, fosters empathy, and has countless other benefits. This bilingual classroom will have both English- and Hebrew-speaking teachers, but this will not become a language-instruction class. Kids will continue to explore provocations and learn about the world around them with the same Reggio Emilia-inspired practices you already know and love — they’ll just experience everything in both Hebrew and English.

Want to learn more about this class and whether it might be a good option for your child? Email Early Childhood Director Carrie Stull or call 206-388-1992.

Creative Beginnings

Class is full for 2019-20; if you’d like to add your name to the wait list, please contact Nicci Burrell.

Creative Beginnings is a time for your child – together with a parent or caregiver – to explore the richness of our Early Childhood School program through art, creative play, music, and storytelling. Parents and children will explore and socialize alongside a seasoned teacher. As your children develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills in this group setting, parents and caregivers also develop a community of new friends and are welcomed into the J family. Open exploration is followed by group time over refreshments; parents and teacher take turns supplying a small snack. If you have questions about this class, please contact Carrie Stull.

Ages 15-24 months
Mondays, 9:30-10:45 am
October 7, 2019-June 15, 2020
(no class October 14; November 11; December 30; January 20; February 17; May 25)
SJCC members $90 per month or $810 per year
Guests $95 per month or $855 per year

Classes ages 3-5

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.

Program goals:

  • To foster the development of empathy and emotional literacy
  •  To build social and emotional understanding
  •  To reduce aggression and increase pro-social behavior
  •  To develop positive attitudes toward and competencies in early literacy
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