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Child Development Center Curriculum

Creative Curriculum

Nationally known for being forward-thinking, comprehensive, and rigorously researched, the “Creative Curriculum” helps our teachers plan and implement content-rich, developmentally appropriate programming that supports active learning and promotes the children’s progress in all developmental areas.

The Creative Curriculum balances teacher-planned and child-initiated learning, emphasizing responsiveness to children’s strengths, interests, needs, and learning styles.

The philosophy is based on 5 fundamental beliefs:

  1. Constructive, purposeful play is the best vehicle for meaningful learning.
  2. The development of social competence is a key focus of the preschool years.
  3. Relationships are the foundation for learning.
  4. Curriculum and assessment must be linked.
  5. Families are essential partners in children’s learning.

Jewish Values

Aligned with the Jewish Community Center’s core principles of welcoming all cultures and backgrounds, every child is warmly embraced in the CDC.

Universal and Jewish values of sharing and caring are emphasized in our classrooms, fostering the self-confidence that results from a rich learning environment. The meaning behind Jewish holidays and customs are woven into our educational approach, including celebration of traditions, foods and stories.

A Day in the Life of a CDC Student

A typical day is comprised of large and small group instruction. Children participate in a variety of activities including art, science, dramatic play, music & movement , blocks, toys & games, reading books, sand & water, cooking, computers and outdoor play.

Operating Hours
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

7:00 - 9:00
Free Choice

9:00 - 12:00
Morning Circle
Morning Snack
Theme Circle
Learning Centers
One/week music, gym, swimming

12:00 - 1:00
Prepare for rest time
Story Time or Quiet Activity on Cot

1:00 - 3:00
Rest Time
(Pre-K has free choice or time on playground 1:15 – 1:45)

3:00 – 6:00
Afternoon Snack
Free Choice
Afternoon Circle
Small Group Activities

Havdallah - Monday
Kaballat Shabbat - Friday




Lunch & Snacks

The CDC provides snacks and lunches, featuring age appropriate healthy meals. Hot, USDA-approved vegetarian lunches are one option and if you prefer you can send your child with a home cooked meal.

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