WELCOME TO THE SHERRY AND KEN GOLDBERG FAMILY EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER!
At the GECC, we are dedicated to creating future leaders. Whether you’re looking for more information or ready to join the movement and schedule a virtual visit today, our website has plenty to check out and explore. Take a moment and watch the video to your right and click on the link below to learn more about the #bestschoolfamilyever.
WE’RE HERE TO LISTEN: As a new parent, we know that it can be a struggle. Parenting can go from joyful to overwhelming within seconds. We want you to know that we’re here, and that you’re not alone. We’re bringing together parents to connect, build friendships, and provide resources for each other.
Social = Sane
You are not alone! And in times like these, it can feel like that! In partnership with Unique Footprints, our Squad is the first connector needed to get your parent bearings. Be social, create a support system and be part of a community that is filled with joy, education and comfort. Join the Squad and you can have it all: virtual meets, in-person meet-ups and on-going education for moms having babies at the same time that you are. Make some new mom friends here!
Why Join the Squad?
Community, Connection, Comfort
Discover #NewNormal TOGETHER
What's in it for me?
Want to amp up your parent mindset with great books and advice from experts around the globe? We are hosting a Virtual Book Club. Join us weekly for live readings, engaging discussions and reflections based on some of the most influential authors/experts of today. Let’s live our best parent life while learning and growing TOGETHER!
A social destination for NEW parents. Our J BABY programming focuses on nurturing relationships, creating friendships, strengthening the bond between parent and baby and fosters NEW parents’ growth, knowledge and wellness. ( The sleep-deprived and over-caffeinated are welcome.) Get comfy, socialize, and learn with us! Virtual and in-person options available.
LEARN WITH US: We know that these days, life is anything but normal. As we navigate through these challenging times, we are here to provide a personalized educational experience wherever you and your family are comfortable. Whether that is at home, in small groups or in the classroom – we have something for each of you.
At the Goldberg Early Childhood Center we build a love of learning and a community that lasts a lifetime. From the youngest toddlers to the oldest Pre-K students, we encourage independent thinking and decision-making that prepares our graduates to be responsible leaders when they leave our doors. If you’re looking for a collaborative partner in your family’s early childhood educational journey, come and join us in creating the future. #bestschoolfamilyever.
Welcome to OUR house! Join us for a virtual tour followed by an intimate gathering led by our GECC director, Tara Ohayon. Meet staff and current families while getting an inside look into #thebestschoolfamilyever. Come and take a glimpse into what school in the Fall will look like and learn how we are committed to building better humans by focusing on listening, learning, and acting. We look forward to seeing you!
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Not just words but ACTion: We know actions speak louder than words. We are working hard to develop opportunities for your family, create meaningful experiences for your family and continue to train our staff with new protocols as procedures develop. Inside all of the new changes, there is still the excellence of education that our families know and provides our children the best start possible.
We are committed to staying in touch with families even as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. We have created this new way of keeping everyone informed of school updates and important topics. Join us online every month with Tara and guests.
Education and learning is a life-long pursuit and at the GECC our teachers take it very seriously. In addition to attending conferences and seminars, our educators engage in weekly reflective supervision meetings and monthly staff development. It is our commitment to our teachers, students and parents to continually grow as a learning community so that we can provide the latest in research-based best practices for every child’s early childhood education.
Did you know...
- Our faculty has 780 years of experience, including 382 right here at the JCC.
- 70% of our faculty have undergraduate degrees, over 20% have their MA and we even have one PhD!
- We’ve been NAEYC accredited since 1987.
- Our administrative team worked with the JCCA to develop the Sheva Early Learning Framework now in use at over 100 JCCs.
- The GECC is one of only nine Sheva Lab Schools in North America.
- Cumulatively, our staff participates in over 3500 professional development hours a year.
- As a school, we devote over 120 hours a year to Peer-to-Peer Coaching on top of all our training and planning.
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Best Teacher Practices
We are consistently conducting training that challenges our educators to continue to grow and stay current on best practices. All our trainings are based on the latest research and align with our NAEYC certification. In the past year we’ve incorporated trainings to help teachers increase children’s intrinsic motivation in learning activities, build connections between books and centers throughout the classroom, utilize music and movement in everyday teaching, develop questions that challenge children’s thinking on different developmental levels and more.
Our GECC is committed to meeting our families’ needs and the demands of TODAY. We have created several ways for your family to be part of our GECC educational experiences through personalized options with OUR OWN GECC Educators. Let us be your family. Let us be your support system. Continue your child’s early education at a time and in a space that feels comfortable for you.
Back in the Classroom
If you are comfortable with your child being back in the classroom, we are ready to welcome you back to the J! While adhering to state and CDC guidelines for reopening and ongoing consultation with medical professionals about best practices in ECE settings, we know how to create an excellent classroom experience for your children. The strong relationships will continue to be the basis of all that we do.
Small Group Experiences
Are you not quite ready for the full school experience, but you are ready to leave your home with your own social bubble? Or, perhaps you would like us to help you create a small social bubble? Then our small group or individual experiences are for you! We are offering small group and individual learning sessions that have the opportunity to meet on-site at the JCC or somewhere in our community on our mobile J on Wheels classroom. Our GECC educators will facilitate these small groups or you can choose a 1:1 session with an educator.
At Home Learning
For those families who aren’t quite ready to leave their homes, we are providing virtual learning through Zoom. You can still experience personalized learning with your very own educator in the comfort of your own home. Gather a group of friends, or let us create a group for you. Engage in some of the best personalized education experiences with our amazing GECC educators from the comfort of your own home. These are facilitated in small groups or in 1 1:1 virtual learning sessions with our GECC educators.
The J Early Childhood Center takes the privilege of caring for your child very seriously. Our teachers provide a nurturing environment so every child feels accepted and valued. The sense of warmth and nurturing can be felt as soon as you step into our school or talk with any of our caring staff.
NAEYC strives to raise the quality of education for all children from birth through age eight. Accreditation systems are major part of NAEYC’s efforts to improve early childhood education. Our commitment to NAEYC and their accreditation criteria allow the GFECC program to provide the best learning experiences for young children and our educators by meeting national standards of quality.