Early Childhood Education

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Learn. Laugh. Grow. Nurturing your child to prepare them for life.

The ECE is more than a daycare.  Open to ALL, The Tucson J provides an enriching, multi-faceted early childhood education program for children from six weeks of age through pre-kindergarten.  We have a nurturing Infant/Toddler program and an enriching Preschool program to serve families.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Tucson J’s Early Childhood Education Program is to provide a safe, child-centered, Jewish environment where each child will explore their world through discovery of self, community and the environment.  They will develop trusting and respectful relationships with their peers and teachers as they learn through play in a nurturing atmosphere.  Each child is encouraged to create their own experiences at an individual developmental level through self-directed and teacher-facilitated activities and interactions.

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Why Early Childhood Education?

All children in our program will develop knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors necessary to achieve optimal wellness and become committed to lifelong learning. This in turn leads to healthy individuals, families and communities. We include all aspects of wellness, such as social, emotional, physical and nutritional. For more information or to schedule a tour of the Early Childhood Education program, please contact Joline Riddle at 520-615-5437.

All Around Learning

Our ECE program uses the entirety of The J to engage little learners.  Not only do we have specialists who share music, fitness, cooking and Jewish culture, we also offer swimming lessons and the splash pad in the summer for our older children. Our classes move throughout The J building, enjoying the Sculpture Garden, grassy outdoor areas, fitness facilities, art gallery or our garden.  They are truly learning to become citizens of the greater community every day through interactions with people, art in outdoor and indoor environments.

Universal Values that Resonate for ALL

2s photoOur faculty apply Jewish and universal values daily through our lessons, our play, and in our conversations.  A few examples of this application is through our appreciation of our world, compassionate behavior toward others, and the belief that all human beings have the ability to freely choose their actions.

Nature and Arts Appreciation

Other amazing attractions for our children and families include our new in-door PlaySpace, beautiful Sculpture Garden, Fine Art Gallery, full size gymnasiums, Community Gardens of Tucson, Jr. Olympic size pool and Splash Park – attractions that no other child care facility or education program offer.  Our faculty and support staff regularly use these areas to enhance our programs.  Arts and culture are incorporated throughout the day and frequent visits and conversations about art are supported with the garden and gallery.

To register your child for The J’s ECE program, please call the Director of ECE, Joline Riddle, at 520-299-3000, x115 or email to  jriddle@tucsonjcc.org or fill out the application down below.

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