Do I have to be Jewish to send my child to the David C. Isenberg Family Early Childhood Center (ECC)?
No, the ECC is an inclusive community. We warmly welcome children and families of all backgrounds and beliefs, and you need not be Jewish to attend.

Will my child celebrate Jewish holidays?
We are pleased to offer a program that is rich in Jewish culture and tradition—and celebrates universal values. We teach about and commemorate all Jewish observances as well as many secular holidays.

Is the ECC Kosher?
Yes, all incoming food must be either dairy or vegetarian. All food provided by the school has approved kosher symbols. Any food that is brought into the school to be shared with others must show kosher symbols. Also, please note the ECC is a nut-free facility.

What are your school hours?
Hours are 7:30am to – 6:00pm Monday through Thursday and 7:30am to – 5:00pm on Friday.

What is the registration process?
Our registration happens in the spring.  Current ECC families are given priority registration. We accept applications on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled. If you have not visited our school, we strongly recommend doing so before applying.

What is included in the cost of tuition?
Tuition includes Kosher lunch and snacks, swim lessons and a variety of daily activities such as relaxation, art, music, swimming, mini-Maccabees (sports), and gymnastics. For an additional fee, early drop off and extended day options are available.

Is there Financial Assistance available?
The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rode Island strives to make its programs accessible to individuals and families from all backgrounds. Applications for financial assistance can be submitted online at www.FACTSTuitionAid.com.

What is the breakdown of ages for children is classrooms?
Young Infants | approximately 3-8 months
Mobile Infants | approximately 9-14 months

Transitional Toddler | approximately 15 – 21 months
Young Toddler | approximately 18 – 24 months
Transitional Twos  | approximately 21 – 27 month
Twos | 2 years old by September 1

Transitional Nursery | approximately 30 – 39 months
Nursery | 3 years old by September 1
Pre-K | 4 years old by September 1

What is the student-to-teacher ratio?
We purposefully keep out student-to-teacher ratios low. The specifics, however, are dependent on the size of the class and age of the children, per state regulations.
Infants – 3:1
Toddlers – 4:1
Preschool – 7:1

How many students are you in your school?
We currently have 107 families and 125 students for the 2016-2017 school year.

What is your immunization policy?
All children must be fully vaccinated before they can attend the ECC. We do not make religious or personal exemptions.

How do you ensure safety at the Dwares JCC and the ECC?
Safety is the primary concern at the Dwares JCC. We set the highest standards for safety, quality practices, and management. Our campus has on site security during hours of operation, as well as security cameras and assigned key cards for parents to gain access to the ECC.

What is your educational philosophy?
Our educational approach values learning experiences through play with activities and materials that encourage creativity, self-expression, and inquiry. The daily schedule is a consistent predictable routine which allows for flexibility, attention to individual interests and preferences, and autonomy to develop a positive self-image allowing for growth in all learning domains. We believe that children learn best in a program that emphasizes creative expression through “hands-on” age appropriate sensory experiences. But don’t take our word for it; come see for yourself!

How do I set up a tour of the facility?
Simply contact Esta Yavner, Curriculum Coordinator, at 401.421.4111 ext. 142 or eyavner@jewishallianceri.org.


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