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SJCC Kindergarten

Kindergarten at the J returns Fall 2020!

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a SJCC Kindergarten program starting in September.

The SJCC has offered Kindergarten at various times in the past 20 years. As families seek ongoing learning options during this unprecedented time, we believe our SJCC Kindergarten program brings the necessary combination of academic and social-emotional growth to keep your child(ren) on course in the coming year. Below are key elements of the program, and an overview of the COVID-19 protocols we will continue to follow as we transition into the school year. (As local authorities adapt the guidance, the protocols could change to remain compliant with those guidelines.)

Our Kindergarten Teacher
SJCC’s own Alicia Barta Huffines will be teaching this Kindergarten program. Alicia is a WA State Certified Kindergarten teacher and holds a Masters in Elementary Education. Prior to joining ECS, she taught Kindergarten for the Seattle Public Schools. Alicia is also currently completing a certificate program in Gifted Education, bringing more expertise into this role.

SJCC Kindergarten will run daily from 9 am-3 pm. Our school year begins on September 8, 2020 and ends on June 17, 2021. The school calendar will be published in late August.

Tuition is $1,800 per month from September 2020 through June 2021 (ten months).

Academically Focused
Consistent with the Common Core State Standards Initiative that most states – including ours – have adopted, our Kindergarten curriculum will focus on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful throughout their lives. Families unfamiliar with the Common Core State Standards may wish to learn more at

Each child’s developmental progress in reading, writing, math, reflective thinking, and social-emotional growth will be individually tracked and shared with parents on a regular basis. The program will also emphasize intrinsic motivation and student ownership of their learning.

Curriculum and the Reggio Emilia/Constructivist Philosophy
Educational standards like Common Core are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Curriculum – how students learn the standards – is designed and implemented by the skilled educators who know their students and community best.

Similar to our premiere Early Childhood School program, key principles of the Reggio Emilia/Constructivist teaching philosophy will provide the foundation for our Kindergarten curriculum. Our work will be child-centered, emergent, flexible, constructivist, arts-oriented, and community-based. The program will also foster empathy, resilience, and curiosity about the world.

A Proven Combination
Children in SJCC’s Kindergarten program will thrive in an environment rich with experiential learning opportunities. For example, building and exploring structures naturally includes mathematical concepts of sorting, counting, adding/subtracting, measurement, comparison, logical reasoning and more. Spending time in our very own Kesher Garden, children will begin to understand fundamentals of weather, life cycles, biology, and will appreciate the amazing ways in which people and the environment are dependent on one another. Literacy skills such as sound recognition, vocabulary building, and letter formation will emerge and grow as children engage in story creation, dramatic play, special projects and more.

These are but a few examples that illustrate the power of a Reggio Emilia/Constructivist-inspired curriculum in service of academic standards.

Jewish Values
In addition to the academic curriculum, students will learn in an environment infused with Jewish culture, values, and traditions. We will naturally integrate Jewish values into the classroom as we believe Judaism’s core values foster compassion, kindness, and a commitment to bettering the communities in which we all live.

COVID-19 Protocols
SJCC is following WA Department of Health, Public Health Seattle and King County, Licensing and CDC guidelines for mitigating the spread of COVID-19. The Kindergarten program will follow these same guidelines, including keeping group sizes small, maintaining consistent cohorts across activities, regular handwashing, mandated masking, and a daily health screen and temperature check.

Please visit our Stay Healthy page for complete information on our protocols.

Financial Assistance
We will have limited scholarships available. Please contact Dana Weiner for more information and how to apply.

How do I Enroll My Child?
Complete this Intent to Enroll form today and pay your $500 non-refundable deposit* to secure your child’s spot in our Kindergarten program. Upon receipt of your full enrollment paperwork, this $500 deposit will be applied toward your final month tuition prepayment.

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Space in this program is limited. Please submit your Intent to Enroll as soon as possible. If you have questions please contact Carrie Stull at

*$500 deposit is non-refundable except in the case that SJCC does not offer a Kindergarten program. Once the program is confirmed and open, the deposit is not refundable under any circumstances, including if the program must be paused or cancelled.

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