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Jewish Community Center

Early Childhood Center

The J’s Early Childhood Center, in partnership with the J’s Family Center, provides quality care and education that embraces the development of children’s minds, bodies and souls. We stimulate the minds of young children through innovative and individualized curriculum, implemented by a well-trained staff in a safe, nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment. Children develop their bodies and are encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyle habits through a physical education program that utilizes the best of the J’s resources in fitness, recreation and aquatics.

The soul is nurtured through living Jewish values and Jewish experiences in an environment that appreciates and respects the diversity of all children and their families. A family need not be Jewish to participate in this program – we welcome families of every faith.

Resources for Current Parents

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Creve Coeur/Staenberg Family Complex

Simmy Wolf, 314-442-3225
Melissa Burgess, 314-442-3224

Chesterfield/Marilyn Fox Building

Kathy Coldiron, 314-442-3450

What makes us different?

Two locations! Creve Coeur and Chesterfield. We’re part of the J, so our children enjoy year-round swimming and physical education classes. We offer additional extra-curricular classes on-site, including sports leagues, sciences, computers, dance and more. We have a relationship with our on-site Adult Day Center, allowing for regular intergenerational programming. Pre-school-aged children participate in J Day Camps during the summer at no additional cost.

What is our curriculum?

Project Construct is an interaction-based curriculum. Children learn through interactions with other children, as well as through the physical world.

Conscious Discipline is an emotional intelligence and classroom management program. It is a research-based program proven to increase academic achievement and improve the quality of relationships.

One hundred percent of our pre-K graduates are prepared for kindergarten, as measured by a state developmental checklist.

The Early Childhood Center at the J is the only Jewish Missouri-licensed and accredited preschool in our area.

Details about the Early Childhood Center at the J:

  • Year-round care for children ages 6-weeks to 5 years
  • Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 6:00pm
  • Full-time, part-time and combination schedules available
  • J Day Camps are included during the summer months at no extra cost
  • Learning environment characterized by art, science, math, language/reading development, music and movement every day, in every classroom
  • Accredited by Missouri Voluntary Accreditation program and licensed by the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

The Early Childhood Center at the J is an inclusive center full of different cultures, ethnicities and religions. Our families come from all over the region – St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles City and St. Charles County – and represent five continents.