Our award-winning early childhood programs were ranked # 1 in quality two years in a row in a national survey of large JCCs!
This full-day, year-round child care program for toddlers functions as a family nurtured by competent, caring teachers.
Ages: 18-35 months
- Children can attend 2, 3, or 5 days per week.
- Operating hours: 7:30 am - 6 pm
The Mandel JCC’s Toddlercare Program provides the highest quality care and education for young children.
The toddler classroom functions as a family, nurtured by caring professionals.
- Our exceptionally low teacher child ratio (1:4) allows teachers to meet children’s individual and group needs.
- Each child is respected and treated as an individual.
- All children are made to feel as safe and cared for at school as they do at home.
- Quality caregiving, ongoing communication and support for parents
Transitioning to Child Care
Before the First Day:
- Parent/caregiver and child can stop in the classroom to say “hello.” Your child will be able to see the room and meet the teachers and the other children.
- Tell your child that s/he will be coming to The J in an honest, matter-of-fact manner.
- Plan to spend a few hours in the classroom and allow your child to enjoy snack time with the other children.
- Allow your child to explore and play while you keep a slight distance; be readily available to provide assistance if needed.
- Engage in a relaxed conversation with the teachers so your child can see that you enjoy and trust them.
- End the morning on a happy note; leave while your child is still having fun and before your child gets too tired or overwhelmed.
- The second day will be similar to the first. Look for cues that your child is feeling more trustful of the teachers and the environment. Does s/he look to the teachers for help? Does s/he move farther away from your side?
- Bring a book or magazine and do your “work” while your child plays.
- Leave the room for short periods of time. Always tell your child where you are going and when you will be back.
- Pack lunch and let your child experience the lunchtime routine with your help.
- Watch as cots are being placed throughout the room and tell your child that s/he will have his/her cot to rest on soon.
- Leave prior to naptime.
- Your child will more likely play independently and allow the teachers to assist him/her.
- When you leave the room, stretch out the length of time you are gone.
- Allow the teachers to assist your child at lunchtime and in other situations.
- At rest time, let your child try out his/her cot. Have your child’s cot items available, (sheet, pillow, blanket, soft toy.)
- Each child’s adjustment to school will be assessed and recommendations for easing the transition process may be implemented.