Early Childhood Center

Have Your Family Join Our Family

Welcome to the Bernice & Ira Waldbaum Family Children’s Center – Early Childhood Center, where we create an amazing environment for both parents and children to learn, play and grow!

We offer classes and services for families with children ages infant to five years old, including classes for babies; music, movement and swim classes; playgroup sessions; Jewish learning opportunities; infant and toddler daycare; babysitting and pre-school. Our JCC pre-school has been awarded the prestigious National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.

Learning Through Play

The pre-school at Sid Jacobson JCC and Bernice Jacobson Day School & Camp engages all of a child’s senses—most of all the sense of wonder. As children share stories, sing and build with blocks, our licensed teachers help them discover new worlds. We capitalize on children’s boundless curiosity, directing their exuberance into academic, social, emotional and physical growth. In this warm and caring community, we help each child develop a strong framework to build on through a lifetime of learning. We work hard to foster a joy-filled environment in which children feel secure. The more comfortable they feel, the more willing they are to take the risks that ensure maximum learning and growth. Individual attention, along with opportunities for parents to get involved, creates a warm and close-knit community in which children flourish academically, socially and emotionally.

Experience The JCC Difference

Our teachers truly love what they do. To help each child learn and grow, they draw on strong backgrounds as early childhood educators, years of experience and ongoing professional development. Enthusiastic and dynamic, our teachers delight in finding new and innovative ways of helping children to connect with concepts, and to make new discoveries large and small about their worlds and themselves.

“Getting to know the children and their families is the best part of my job. Seeing the children’s excitement and eagerness to learn makes my days here complete.” – Dana Erdheim, Director of Early Childhood Services

Options to Fit All Your Needs

The needs of your child and your family are our primary concern. Our flexible hours for both our infant and toddler daycare and before and after-care for pre-school ensure that our program is best suited for your family year-round. Our in-house Gezunter Café provides fresh lunches and snacks daily, with a variety of healthy options for you to choose from. Bus transportation options are available for many of our programs and classes. Family is at the center of the Early Childhood Center mission, so we strive to ensure that your entire family feels welcome. We offer babysitting services for when you need some me-time, as well as weekend Family Fun Days in our gym and playtime in the great outdoors at our Old Westbury campus. Part of the fun of being an Early Childhood Center family is meeting other families just like you and making new, life-long friends.

Parent + Me

Summer Parent + Me Classes



Ages: Birth-20 months
Get ready to twist and shout and rock around the room with your little one. PlayHooray classes are sure to delight and entertain both children and the adults that love them.

Little Maestro
Ages: Birth-24 months
Featuring catchy music, musical story time, funny puppet shows and bubble music, this is an upbeat and catchy class both you and your child will look forward to.

Tkiya Tots Music
Ages: Birth-24 months
Introduve your child to music in a fun and interactive setting! Through song, movement and instrument play, Tkiya Tots fosters social and motor skills while planting the seeds for future music study or life-long appreciation of music.

Shababa Fridays
Ages: Birth-5 years and family
Music together with a Shabbat spin! Songs, stories and hands-on activities for the very youngest to share with parents, grandparents or a caregiver.

Bitty Baby Playtime
Ages: 2-6 months
A gentle new class for our youngest infants and their parents. Enjoy time interacting through songs and play activities designed to increase bonding, while providing developmentally appropriate sensory stimulation. Please bring a receiving blanket to each class.

Fun For Us
Ages: 12-18 Months
An enjoyable introduction to the classroom setting. Children will explore music, art, story and socialization.

Kick + Play by Super Soccer Stars
Ages: 12-30 months
Developed by the creators of Super Soccer Stars, Kick + Play is a fun-filled movement program for parents and toddlers to explore the world of physical activity with pre-soccer skills.

Twice the Fun
Ages: 18-24 months
An enjoyable introduction to the classroom setting. Children enjoy music, art, gym time, story and socialization.

Ages: 20-36 months
This program will enable our little artists to focus on exploration. Children will be introduced to developmentally appropriate art materials. Activities for adult and child will help develop fine and gross motor skills, language and cognitive skills.


Get a taste of the JCC’s Parent + Me classes with our Spring Sundays Mini Session!

Dates: April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14 and May 21

Bitty Baby Playtime
Ages: 2-6 months
Enjoy time interacting through songs and play activities designed to increase bonding, while providing developmentally appropriate sensory stimulation. Please bring a receiving blanket to each class.

Mini Movers
Ages: 6-11 months
This class is designed to support your baby’s physical and cognitive development and to support socialization through movement, play and song.

Little Friends
Ages: 12-18 months
Classes include music, art, free play and story time. A good opportunity for making friends and beginning socialization.

Kick + Play by Super Soccer Stars
Ages: 12-30 months
A fun-filled movement program for parents and toddlers to explore the world of physical activity with pre-soccer skills.

Sunday Bagel Break for Working Parents
Join our community for conversations to share ideas and create solutions for issues unique to working parents in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Bagels and coffee will be served. Babysitting is available with reservations. The group will not meet on May 7.
April 23
April 30
May 14
May 21



Ages: infant, toddler, 2 and 3 year olds at our Old Westbury campus
Ages: 3–4 year olds at our East Hills campus

The needs of your child and your family are our primary concern. We provide flexible hours to ensure that our program is the best-suited for your family. Our focus is on enriching a child’s life through play and exploration.

For more information contact Debra Kessler, Assistant Director of Early Childhood Services, 516-399-2156 dkessler@sjjcc.org


Preschool Where Future Takes Shape

Ages: 2–4 years at our East Hills campus
Ages: 2–3 years at our Old Westbury campus

Our Shawn & Robert Gladstone Pre-Nursery School and Louis & Rose Klosk Nursery School engage all of a child’s senses – most of all their sense of wonder. We work hard to foster a joy-filled environment in which children feel secure. With a curriculum that includes literacy, fine arts, music and STEM components taught by caring, licensed early childhood teachers, our pre-school is the perfect place for your child to learn and grow.


Preschool Enrichment Programs


2 Year Old
3 Year Old
4 Year Old
Enrichment Calendar


Learn about great artists and their artistic styles. Your child will create their own masterpiece to take home.

Art is Science
Builds on the curiosity of each child while combining the beauty of art with the fascination of science. Discover the beauty, magic and satisfaction of creating and experiencing art as science and science as art.

Learn the fundamentals of baseball.

Learn the fundamental of basketball.

Becker Dance Center Inc. – Ballet
Learn a technique-based dance form, which is the foundation for many other types of dance and movement. (Open – based on availability)

Becker Dance Center Inc. — Creative Movement
Fun songs and dance related games make this the perfect beginner movement class.

Becker Dance Center Inc.—Tap
Learn an art form where dancers get to make music with their feet. (Open—based on availability)

Beginning Builders
Blocks, K’nex, Legos…your child is limited only by their imagination!

Computer Tots
Each child will discover and explore the computer using their creativity and problem solving skills.

Learn basic tumbling skills, while improving strength, balance and coordination. Activities include the use of springboards, floor beams and uneven bars.

Incredible Edibles
Cooking at its finest. Children get to mix, pour and bake with their friends.

Little Rock Stars By Tkiya Tots
A new and exciting take on Tkiya Tots with Carla involving musical crafts and the addition of current and rock music! Introduce your child to music in a fun and interactive setting. Little Rock Stars fosters the development of social and motor skills while planting the seeds for future music study or life-long appreciation.

Little Wizards
Create, explore and discover. Children become their own little wizard during 45 minutes of fun.

Mini Mighty Kickers (Soccer)
Dribble, kick, shoot and score! Learn the fundamentals of soccer.

Learn the fundamental skills that are used in a variety of sports.

PAALS is a multi-sport program that teaches a wide range of fundamental physical skills and emphasizes life skills in order to help each child build competence, courage, character and confidence to participate in sports and everyday life.

Rubber Puckies (Hockey)
Learn the social skills, patience, discipline and team work that hockey demands.

Spanish Immersion Workshop
Spanish Immersion Workshop makes it easy to acquire Spanish naturally through playful interaction and entertaining full immersion.

Stunts & Tumbling
Balance beams, parallel bars and vaulting. Bring out the gymnast in your child.

Boost your child’s swimming skills! A tailored program towards your child’s existing comfort and strengthen their confidence in the water.

Tae Kwon Do
Learn the art of Tae Kwon Do with Ray and Maggie Messina. Additional materials fee and uniform required.

An introduction to tennis beginning in a new, exciting and fun-filled environment, which uses softer balls of different sizes as well as modified court size and net height.

The Art in Craft
Explore more intricate and advanced craft work. Our masterful projects are works of art that can be beautifully displayed and appreciated by everyone.

Yoga can teach children to be active, relieve stress and think in positive ways. Each theme-based class provides the children with the opportunity to use their imaginations and exercise their bodies while listening to music, participating in activities and games and using the yoga poses to gain confidence in themselves. Every class ends with a short guided relaxation and child-friendly aromatherapy.


Early Childhood Camp

Ages: 2–3 years at East Hills Campus

Come join our fun active and exciting summer program for young children! Our school year philosophy is incorporated into seven weeks of developmentally appropriate curriculum. Art, science, literacy, cooking, music, outdoor playground and water play are sure to keep the children busy. Our three-year olds enjoy our state of the art kiddie pool.

Click here to view our camp calendar

Monday, June 26–Friday, August 11 (Camp closed Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4)

$500 non-refundable deposit due at the time of enrollment.
Transportation available upon request.

Two-Year Olds
Birthdate: 12/14–11/15
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9:30am–12:00pm
$2,500 / members $1,800

Birthdate: 12/14–11/15
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 9:30am–12:00pm
$3,250 / members $2,550

Three-Year Olds
Birthdate: 12/13–11/14
Monday–Friday, 9:30am–1:00pm
Fee $4,200 / members $3,500

For more information contact Early Childhood Service, 516-399-2156, dkessler@sjjcc.org

Ages: 3–4 years at Camp Jacobson in Old Westbury

Camp Jacobson, a premier day camp on Long Island, provides a supportive environment, a high-energy staff dedicated to creating an unforgettable positive experience and non-stop fun for every camper. Transportation is available. Call today to take a tour!


Looking for more information about our programs?


Dana Erdheim, Director of Early Childhood Services, 516-484-1545 ext. 207 derdheim@sjjcc.org

Debra Kessler, Assistant Director of Early Childhood Services, 516-484-1545 ext. 194, dkessler@sjjcc.org

Wendi Singer, Early Childhood Program + Curriculum Coordinator, 516-484-1545 ext. 163, wsinger@sjjcc.org


Marshall Kurland, Associate Executive Director, 516-626-1094 ext. 301, mkurland@sjjcc.org


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