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Early Childhood School

Baby and Toddler Programs

The JCC Early Childhood School provides a high-quality, age appropriate Jewish and secular curriculum that encourages development, curiosity, imagination, and self-esteem. 

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The school is available for children ages 6 weeks – 5 years old. Our child care program is open to everyone regardless of race, religion, or ability, and features a low child-teacher ratio.

We encourage language skills, scientific inquiry, and creative expression. Social and emotional well-being are always supported.

Enrichment classes include music, fitness, yoga, swim lessons (ages 3+), gardening, and intergenerational activities. We celebrate Jewish holidays and Shabbat with songs, stories, art, special foods, and traditions. All meals and snacks served to students are kosher.

The Early Childhood School is dedicated to multicultural education. We strive to create a program that truly reflects the lives of our children, families, staff, and community. By recognizing the impact culture plays on families, we will make every effort to provide a culturally responsive school. We seek to:

  • Recognize the beauty, value, and contribution of each child
  • Foster high self-esteem and contribution of each child
  • Teach children about their own culture
  • Introduce children to other cultures
  • Provide children with a positive experience exploring similarities and differences
  • Encourage children to respect other cultures
  • Increase children’s ability to talk and play with people who are different than them
  • Help children live happily and cooperatively in a diverse world
  • Help children to notice and do something about unfair behavior and events

Family membership to the JCC is included with ECS enrollment.


About Early Childhood School

The JCC’s Early Childhood School offers comprehensive programs to educate and nurture your children during their first five years. They’ll enjoy a multitude of engaging activities that encourage learning, socialization, and preparedness for kindergarten and grade school.

Ages 6 Weeks – 18 Months

At the Early Childhood School, we are dedicated to providing your child with a safe, stimulating, and developmentally appropriate environment where your child can learn and grow.

We currently offer two infant programs: younger infants (6 weeks – 12 months) and older infants/younger toddlers  (12 – 24 months).

Ages 18 Months – 3 Years

Our multi-sensory curriculum for young toddlers introduces children to activities that are both fun and educational. We incorporate singing, dancing, and finger plays to enhance language skills. Children are also encouraged to experiment with a variety of art supplies to invoke curiosity, build language and social skills, and develop their fine motor skills. We also offer gym time to develop gross motor skills, as well as class games and routines to build self-help and school-environment skills.

Each child attending our Toddlers Program will be welcomed into the school with care and guidance. Our teachers will help them to make the transition from home to school as smooth as possible. We encourage curiosity in their new environment and promote using language to communicate their needs.

Ages 3 – 5

Our Preschool Program is organized with each child in mind. Centers are created to allow children to learn by exploring. Centers include language arts, art, music, science and math. Singing, dancing, and games are used to enhance language skills, and art activities become more project-oriented as children extend their fine motor skills. Weekly gym time with a specialist helps further build gross motor skills and our Judaic teacher introduces Israeli culture. Children develop a sense of community and begin to learn about the world around them. Pre-kindergarten development is heightened with instruction on following directions and participation in more complicated projects and games.

We currently offer a preschool and a pre-kindergarten program for children ages 3 – 5 years.


Early Childhood School Hours

Monday-Friday: 7am-6pm

Schedule a Tour

The Early Childhood School at the J is a secure environment.

All tours must be scheduled in advance with the school director; for security purposes; walk-in tours are not permitted.

Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of the school!

For more information, or to schedule a tour, please call: 513.793.2122

Meet the Team

Meet our Early Childhood School team! They are here to help your child learn and grow, while forming lasting friendships. 

As a parent, you want what is best for your child, including being in the care of people you trust. I never worry. I don’t feel the need to check in, and I can focus on my work during the day.

Becky Katterjohn ECS Parent

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Mayerson JCC Early Childhood School.

To register please complete and send these forms to the address below or email us.

ECS Enrollment Mayerson JCC
8485 Ridge Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236

If you have questions, please contact the JCC Early Childhood School.