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The Dallas J’s premiere preschool offers weekly options for infant care (Ages 3 -12. months) and Early Childhood (1-5 year olds). Hours are working parent-friendly. One of the many benefits of joining our GECC is 1. you get to be part of the #bestschoolfamilyever and 2. you get all of the perks of being part of the Dallas J. Come find out how the GECC can be your family go-to destination for a great educational experience, a supportive community and several ways your family can stay active.

Our GECC is committed to meeting our families’ needs and demands of TODAY. We have created several ways for your family to be part of our GECC educational experiences through personalized learning 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.

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IN THE CLASSROOM

At the Goldberg Family Early Childhood Center, we nurture curiosity, creativity, compassion and pay close attention to all aspects of your child’s development. We know things may look a bit different this year, but your child’s health is just as important as their education. We have adapted new protocols, implemented additional cleaning procedures and rearranged our classrooms to implement social distancing. We’re proud to be the #BestSchoolFamilyEverand we want you to be proud to be part of it.

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SMALL GROUP LEARNING

Small group learning is a great way to slowly adapt to social settings again while still receiving the great education and fun of the #BestSchoolFamilyEver! With our personalized curriculum and direct access to our educators, your child will receive a personalized learning experience whether it’s on-site at the JCC or off-site using our J on Wheels mobile unit. We want to meet you where you’re comfortable.

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AT HOME VIRTUAL LEARNING 

Experience the #BestSchoolFamilyEver in the comfort of your own home. Now that we’ve adapted our personalized curriculum and at-home resources your child’s learning can stay strong at home. We believe in you and your child, we will navigate you through this new journey. Learning at home can be in a one-on-one setting, a small virtual group or accessible from our at home tool kit.

Interested?  Let’s begin the conversation together. Please contact us to discuss which program is the best choice for your family. Call: Tara Ohayon, Director Of Early Childhood Education, at (214) 239-7157 or tohayon@jccdallas.org

Our Studio Spaces will bring some of the children’s favorite learning experiences from the classrooms to a whole new level! The Studios provide children with plenty of time and space to fully immerse themselves in their work, leading to greater explorations and understandings. Each studio will be available to a single class for an entire week, allowing children to visit in small groups and return to their work the following day. These spaces will inspire new thinking, ignite creativity, and allow for a deeper dive into the children’s interests.

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City Planning Studio

The City Planning Studio is a place where children can channel their architectural and engineering skills as they work to design structures, roads, bridges and more! Children can draw up their plans at the sketching table or jump straight in to the construction stage with wooden blocks, train tracks, community buildings and other supplies for creating the greatest city ever!

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Lego Studio

Legos are a beloved childhood toy that offer children countless opportunities for creativity and innovation. The Lego Studio is filled with thousands of Lego bricks as well as those specialty pieces needed for building more complex and interesting creations. This is truly a space where children’s imaginations can dream up anything and the Legos will be there to build it!

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Cardboard Studio

If you have ever seen a child play with a cardboard box, you know there is something magical that happens! Ever wonder what they would do if they had dozens of boxes to work with? The Cardboard Studio will be a place where children can explore all the possibilities of cardboard boxes: from creating forts, to assembling a train, or blasting off in a space ship, this studio can be anything the children want it to be!

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Sculpture Studio

The Sculpture studio will be all about clay! Children will explore the properties of the medium, develop an understanding for how it works, and learn techniques for using clay to create different sculptures. Other materials and tools like wire, rollers, and texture carvers will be introduced over time for children to add details and fine tune their unique creations!

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Loose Parts Studio

Loose parts are open-ended and intriguing materials that have various potential uses, resulting in unlimited possibilities for play. Children visiting the Loose Parts Studio will be invited to experiment with materials that challenge them to think critically and to expand their understandings of how things work. The beauty of working with loose parts is there is no wrong or right way to use them so really, anything can happen!

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Storytelling Studio

Children are storytellers by nature, often acting out their favorite stories in dramatic play or making up silly stories during lunch time. The Storytelling Studio will be a place for stories to come to life! Filled with puppets, books, a dollhouse, story stones, and writing materials, children will be able to tell their stories in endless ways!

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Woodworking Studio

Woodworking is an empowering skill for young children to develop. They enjoy working with the tools and watching the pieces of wood transform into something from their imagination. The Woodworking Studio will be set up as a place for our children 3 years and older to practice using actual tools like hammers and screwdrivers, building their skills up before moving on to creating something with wood!

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Textiles Studio

The Textile Studio will focus on the textile art techniques of weaving and embroidery. Children will hone their skills with the different methods using the actual tools of textile artists, like weaving looms, embroidery hoops and frames, and child-safe sewing needles paired with yarns and fabrics.

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Lights and Shadows Studio

Shadows are some of the most fascinating things to young children! You can find them playing with their own shadows on bright summer days or creating shadow puppets in their beds at night. The Light and Shadow Studio creates a space where children can experiment more with how shadows work. A room filled with twinkling fairy lights, light tables and projectors, and all kinds of translucent materials for casting shadows, this studio will bring to life all the magical properties of light.

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Music and Movement Studio

The Music and Movement Studio is designed as a place for our toddlers and 2-year-olds to explore the different ways their bodies can move. Children will experiment with the sounds of instruments, both traditional and hand-made, and dance to the rhythms of music from all over the world as they discover the joy that is performing arts.

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Paint Studio

Painting is sometimes a child’s first introduction to art and is often a favorite form of expression. The Paint Studio will offer new perspectives with painting as well as new techniques. Children will be invited to paint on various surfaces, explore the many different types of paint, and even practice the amazing process of acrylic pour painting!

If we want children to move mountains, we first have to let them get out of their chairs” Nicolette Sowder

Our GECC Enrichment program is designed to be fun, explore new skills, practice natural, and hidden talents, and inspire passions. GECC Enrichment classes provide One Stop on Your Preschoolers Education & Enrichment Journey.  These classes stimulate creativity, the mind, and the body taking learning a step further than the traditional classroom environment.
We offer a variety of options such as gymnastics, performing arts, dance, swimming, tennis, and sports. Register for one or several of our fabulous enrichment classes led by specialists in their field!

Top 5 Benefits:

  • Healthy challenges
  • New experiences
  • Physical development
  • Mind stimulation
  • Inspires creativity

Join us for a Virtual Town Hall – Wednesday, August 25th

You will meet our Directors, learn more about our programs and have an opportunity to ask questions.

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Building Character one Fundamental at a Time
We are shaping our future through community, activity, and integrity by providing sports programming that focuses on teamwork, fundamentals, and a love for the game.

Come learn to play soccer and flag football with your classmates and the JCC coaching staff this fall semester. We will have fun and stay active learning first touch, passing, dribbling, and shooting skills in soccer. Then we will transition to flag football and work on our catching, throwing, and kicking skills.

TIME: Mondays 1:00 – 1:45 pm (GECC Room 10)
DATES: August 30 – December 13 (No class 9/6 & 11/22)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: 3s
MEMBER PRICE: $217

TIME: Tuesdays 1:00-1:45 pm (GECC Room 1)
DATES: August 31 – December 14 (No Class 9/7, 9/21, 9/28 and 11/23)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: 3s
MEMBER PRICE: $186

TIME: 
Tuesdays 2:00 – 2:45 pm (GECC Room G)
DATES: August 31- December 14 (No Class 9/7, 9/21, 9/28 and 11/23)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: PreK
MEMBER PRICE: $186

TIME: Wednesdays 1:00 -1:45 pm (GECC Room 2)
DATES: September 1 – December 15 (No Class 9/8, 9/22/, 9/29 and 11/24)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: 3s
MEMBER PRICE: $186

TIME: Thursdays 1:00 – 1:45 pm (GECC Room 8)
DATES: 
September 2 – December 16 (No Class 9/16 and 11/25)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS:
3s
MEMBER PRICE: 
$217

TIME: Thursdays 2:00 – 2:45 pm (GECC Room 7)
DATES: September 2 – December 16 (No Class 9/16 and 11/25)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: PreK
MEMBER PRICE: $217

TIME: Fridays 1:00 – 1:45 pm (GECC Room 9)
DATES: September 3 – December 7 (No Class 11/26)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: 3s
MEMBER PRICE: $232.50

TIME: Fridays 2:00 – 2:45 pm (GECC Room A)
DATES: September 3 – December 7 (No Class 11/26)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: PreK
MEMBER PRICE: $232.50

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During preschool gymnastics classes, boys and girls begin learning the basics of gymnastics. The classes focus on enhancing body awareness and core strength through the utilization of the tumble track, bars, balance beam, floor circuits, and more. Skills learned in these classes benefit children in all sports and activities.
These classes are offered to children in our Goldberg Early Childhood Center.  If your child does not attend the GECC preschool, please scroll down to our Preschool Gymnastics offerings. Students must be potty-trained. 

TIME: Mondays 1:00-1:45 pm (Room 2)
DATES: August 30-December 13 (No class 9/6)

AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool 3s (entering K in Fall 2023).
MEMBER PRICE: $220

TIME: Mondays 2:00-2:45 pm (Room A)
DATES: August 30-December 13 (No class 9/6)

AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool Pre-k (entering kindergarten in Fall 2022).
MEMBER PRICE: $220

 TIME: Tuesdays 1:00-1:45 pm (Room 8)
DATES: August 31-December 14 (No class 9/7, 9/21, and 9/28)

AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool 3s (entering K in Fall 2023).
MEMBER PRICE: $192

 TIME: Tuesdays 2:00-2:45 pm (Room 7)
DATES: August 31-December 14 (No class 9/7, 9/21, and 9/28)

AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool Pre-k (entering kindergarten in Fall 2022).
MEMBER PRICE: $192

TIME: Wednesdays 1:00-1:45 pm (Room 9)
DATES: October 6-December 15 (No class 11/24)

AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool 3s (entering K in Fall 2023).
MEMBER PRICE: $148

TIME: Thursdays 1:00-1:45 pm (Room 10)
DATES: 
September 2-December 16 (No class 9/16 and 11/25)

AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool 3s (entering K in Fall 2023).
MEMBER PRICE: $206

TIME: Thursdays 2:00-2:45 pm (Room G)
DATES: September 2-December 16 (No class 9/16 and 11/25)

AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool Pre-k (entering kindergarten in Fall 2022).
MEMBER PRICE: $206

TIME: Fridays 1:00-1:45 pm (Room 1)
DATES: September 3-December 17 (No class 11/26)

AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool Pre-k (entering kindergarten in Fall 2022).
MEMBER PRICE: $220

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Tennis is a hit! Pre-school Jr. tennis classes at the J focuses on building a good tennis foundation, improving skills, and most of all, fun. Come and play with us at the J!!

Times: All classes will be 30 minutes

Price: $20 per class

Dates: August 30 – December 17*

  • Mondays,  1:00 pm (Room 8)
  • Wednesdays, 1:00 pm (Room 10)
  • Thursdays,  1:00 pm (Room 1)
  • Fridays, 1:00 pm (Room 2)
  • Mondays, 2:00 pm (Room 7)
  • Wednesdays, 2:00 pm (Room SGR)
  • Thursdays, 2:00 pm (Room SAR)

*We will not have class: September 6, 7, 8, 16, and November 24, 25, 26.

Class information:
Classes require a minimum of 3 students with a maximum of 6

To sign up please call 214-239-7154 or rgrubstein@jccdallas.org.

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During preschool dance classes, boys and girls begin learning the basics skills of hip-hop, tap, ballet, and tumbling.
The classes focus on:

  • Fun: Movement to many types of Music
  • Rhythm: Clap, stomp, twist, swing, and dance to the beat!
  • Exposure to all types of music: Learn the basic skills in Hip-hop, Tap, Ballet, and Tumbling
  • Memorization: learning and recalling dance steps in order
  • Group Interaction: taking turns and group learning
  • Coordination: work on large gross motor skills such as Hopping, Skipping, Galloping, and Jumping

GECC children’s classes will be formed in accordance with your child’s classroom. Safety Protocol will be in place.

For more information contact Suzi McCarthy at smccarthy@jccdallas.org

TIME: Mondays, 1:00 – 1:45 pm (GECC Room 9)
DATES: August 30 – December 13 (No class 9/6)
MEMBER PRICE: $230

TIME: Tuesdays, 2:00 -2:45 pm (GECC Room 10)
DATES: August 31 – December 14 (No class 9/7, 9/21, and 9/28)
MEMBER PRICE: $200

TIME: Tuesdays 2:00 – 2:45 pm (GECC Room A)
DATES: August 31 – December 14 (No class 9/7, 9/21, and 9/28)
MEMBER PRICE: $305

TIME: Wednesdays, 1:00 – 1:45 pm (GECC Room 1)
DATES: September 1 – December 15 (No class 9/8, 9/22, 9/29 and 11/24)
MEMBER PRICE: $185

TIME: Wednesdays, 2:00 – 2:45 pm (GECC Room 7)
DATES: September 1 – December 15 (No class 9/8, 9/22, 9/29 and 11/24)
MEMBER PRICE: $185

TIME: Thursdays, 1:00 – 1:45 pm (GECC Room 2)
DATES: September 2 – December 16 (No class 9/9, 9/16 and 11/25)
MEMBER PRICE: $200

TIME: Fridays, 1:00 – 1:45 pm (GECC Room 8)
DATES: September 3 – December 17 (No class 9/10 and 11/26)
MEMBER PRICE: $215

TIME: Fridays, 2:00 – 2:45 pm (GECC Room G)
DATES: September 3 – December 17 (No class 9/10 and 11/26)
MEMBER PRICE: $215

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Our JPAS JR series is geared toward children 3 – 6 years and is designed to get their feet moving and their imaginations flowing all while teaching skills and building confidence. Learn the basics in a fun, safe, and nurturing setting intended to unleash the little theater bug in the youngest of children.

Musical Storytelling | Ages: 3

Go on a magical musical adventure every week with Kristin and her piano! Each class takes the form of a musical story, during which preschoolers sing, move to music, read musical notation, learn Italian musical terms, develop an appreciation for music, and grow awareness of pitch, tempo, and dynamics – all while having so much fun, they don’t even realize they are learning!

TIME: Mondays 1:00-1:45 pm (GECC Room 1)
DATES: August 30- December 13 (No class 9/6)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool 3s
MEMBER PRICE: $350
NON MEMBER PRICE: $440
ARTISTIC STAFF:
Kristin Spires

TIME: Tuesdays 1:00-1:45 pm (GECC Room 2)
DATES: August 31- December 14 (No class 9/7, 9/21 and 9/28)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool 3s
MEMBER PRICE: $300
NON MEMBER PRICE: $375
ARTISTIC STAFF:
Kristin Spires

TIME: Wednesdays, 1:00-1:45 pm (GECC Room 8)
DATES: September 1 – December 15 (No class 9/8, 9/22, 9/29, and 11/24)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool 3s
MEMBER PRICE: $280
NON MEMBER PRICE: $350
ARTISTIC STAFF: Kristin Spires

TIME: Fridays, 1:00-1:45 pm (GECC Room 10)
DATES: September 3 – December 17 (No Class 11/26)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: Preschool 3s
MEMBER PRICE: $350
NON MEMBER PRICE: $440
ARTISTIC STAFF: Kristin Spires

Creative Drama | Ages: 4-6

Using theater games and improv as our creative play our actors will learn the art of drama while improving their imagination, creativity, and social skills.

TIME: Mondays 2:00-2:45 pm (GECC Room G)
DATES: August 30 – December 13 (No Class 9/6)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: 4-5
MEMBER PRICE: $350
NON MEMBER PRICE: $440
ARTISTIC STAFF: Kristin Spires

TIME: Wednesdays, 2:00-2:45 pm (GECC Room A)
DATES: September 1 – December 15 (No Class 9/8, 9/22, 9/29, and 11/24)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: 4-5
MEMBER PRICE: $280
NON MEMBER PRICE: $350
ARTISTIC STAFF: Kristin Spires

TIME: Fridays, 2:00-2:45 pm (GECC Room 7)
DATES: September 3 – December 17 (No class 11/26)
AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: 4-5
MEMBER PRICE: $3350
NON MEMBER PRICE: $440
ARTISTIC STAFF: Kristin Spires

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The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy offers weekly swim lessons to the students (ages 3+) of the Goldberg Early Childhood Center. These lessons are built into the GFECC curriculum and use the same SwimRight Method® as the swim academy. This builds a uniform platform for students who may take LKSA lessons in concert with their weekly lessons or may choose to continue their skills after they graduate from preschool.

The lessons are conducted by Coach Lia Oberstar-Brown, a former competitive swimmer who swam with the likes of Lenny Krayzelburg himself. Coach Lia brings years of experience in swim instruction of all ages and has a teaching style that motivates all children to learn.

The LKSA also offers lessons as an enrichment option for GFECC students Monday through Friday, 1 pm-6 pm. LKSA lessons are for ages 2+ and the preschool lessons are ages 3+.

Students can be picked up directly from their classrooms to go to their lessons. After the lesson, students may be picked up by a parent or guardian or returned to their classroom.

To set up lessons or a pick-up, please call Adriana Martinez, 214-239-7197 or amartinez@jccdallas.org

This 6-week, action-packed program engages preschool students as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both the NatureScape and the Woods at the J. This unique program will keep our students active and engaged as they have fun. The program is instructed by the J Sports & Leagues Director Josh Goldstein on Sunday mornings.

Times

  • 3s: 8:45 – 9:15am
  • Pre-K: 9:15 – 9:45 am

Pricing: Members $55.00 | Non Members $70.00

Location: JCC Naturescape and Woods
Safety measures and check in procedures: 

  • Self-health screening
  • Mask wearing for adults
  • Temperature checks for players and coaches. 
  • Social distanced seating of spectators

Please contact arobinson@jccdallas.org to register.

Everything you need to know

  • Small, self-contained classes/pods
  • Emphasis on regular hand-washing
  • Regular and consistent sanitizing and disinfecting of surfaces and toys
  • Mask wearing for teachers
  • Daily health screening and temperature screenings for staff and children
  • Staggered carpool drop-off
  • Enhanced illness policies and procedures
  • transparent communication

NAEYC Accredited
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.