EARLY CHILDHOOD PIONEERS
In 2012, the preschool was renamed the Sherry and Ken Goldberg Early Childhood Center (GECC) bringing the indoor facility up to par with the new J Naturescape. This marked a very big step in innovation and growth for the J. Not only was the facility state-of-the-art but it also allowed for the expansion of preschool programs and advancement of education for the community to experience.
The Sherry and Ken Goldberg Early Childhood Center (GECC) is a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited state of the art Early Childhood Development Center.
ENROLLMENT & ENGAGEMENT
We can proudly say that we currently have over 200 students enrolled in our preschool program, which has doubled over the last 10 years. We currently often have wait lists for the new enrollment season.
The J and the parents of the school continue to invest in the preschool, adding a child friendly kitchen, technological advances throughout the school, fish tanks, a new interactive library and so much more. #bestschoolfamilyever
Our entire curriculum is based on the latest research in early childhood education. Learning activities are geared to the child’s developmental stage, individual ability and unique interests.
GECC curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child, using social and emotional development as the unshakable foundation for the stage-by-stage development of cognitive, language, physical, scientific, creative, and self-help skills. This instructional philosophy prepares children for the transition into their next school stage.
NATURE PLAY & DISCOVERY
In 2012, the J and enthusiastic volunteers raised the funds to build a natural playground for our preschool and camps. This Naturescape is not only unique, but one of a kind for preschools and JCCs across the country.
This past November, the Goldberg Early Childhood Center expanded its family by launching J Baby, a social destination for NEW parents and seasoned parents alike.
Our J Baby programming focuses on nurturing relationships, creating friendships, strengthening the bond between parent and baby, and fosters NEW parents’ growth, knowledge, and wellness. We welcome everyone to join us including those who are sleep deprived & over caffeinated,
Our family continues to grow! We currently have over 120 families participating in J Baby programs all across the DFW Metroplex. Our most popular programs include our bi-monthly social educational series, Bagels & Babies and our J Baby at Bookmarks (Northpark Mall). This fall we are planning to debut our Smiles, Burps and Giggles series taking place on our J on Wheels mobile outreach classroom and will be traveling to several locations throughout North Dallas.
THE ENRICHMENT EXPERIENCE
2018-2019 we will be making history by offering over 30 choices of enrichment programs for our GECC families and the community at large (gymnastics, tennis, performing arts, STEM, dance, sports and swimming). All of our programs are dedicated to helping build the leaders of tomorrow through encouragement and guidance.