Is the Early Learning Center at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown a licensed facility?
Our center is licensed by The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. We are currently licensed for 203 children, of which 42 of those children can be under the age of 2 ½.
What are the qualifications of your staff members?
All staff members meet the requirements set forth by the State of Ohio for working with children. This includes criminal records checks through the FBI and Ohio BCI, checks through the Federal and State Sex Offender registries as well as the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System. Our staff must be certified in first aid, CPR/AED, communicable disease recognition and child abuse recognition and prevention. Additionally all teachers must meet education criteria which includes a minimum of 20 hours of professional development, relevant to early childhood education, every two years.
Is the Early Learning Center at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown secure?
Yes, all doors to the Early Learning Center are locked and monitored. Visitors to the Early Learning Center must enter through the main entrance of the Jewish Community Center and be escorted by a certified staff member at all times during their visit. A security professional is also present on the JCC Camps during operating hours.
Does my child need to be Jewish or a member of the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown to enroll?
No. You do not need to be Jewish or a member to attend the Early Learning Center. We are open to children of all backgrounds regardless of religious beliefs, national origin or race.
What is the Jewish content of your curriculum?
The Early Learning Center believes in promoting the Judaic values. As part of our philosophy we celebrate Jewish holidays and traditions in ways that are age appropriate for the children.
What type of curriculum is followed at the Early Learning Center?
The Early Learning Center uses the "Creative Curriculum" and "Building the Primary Classroom". These are play based or environmental based curriculums, which align with our learning philosophy. The Creative Curriculum and Building the Primary Classroom include goals and objectives for children’s learning in all areas of development: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. These goals are aligned to Ohio’s Birth-K Early Learning Content Standards and Ohio’s K-6 Content Standards.
Is there a scheduled nap time for all of the age groups?
Yes. The Early Learning Center provides time for all children to rest. We recognize that some children do not require a nap time and we are respectful of this. Quiet activities are provided for children who are unable to nap and calming music is played throughout this period of time to help the children relax and feel at ease during the rest period.
Are there any items parents are responsible to provide?
Parents are responsible for providing a lunch for their child. Parents of children in diapers/pull-ups need to provide a supply of diapers/pull-ups and wipes to be kept at the center. We also ask parents to provide extra clothes to keep here at the center for use in case of an accident.
What is your policy regarding sick children?
If a child is suspected of having a communicable disease parents are contacted to pick up their child. Children who are not well enough to resume all scheduled activities including outside play are encouraged not to attend. When children at the center have been exposed to a communicable disease, information specific to the disease will be sent home with each child who was in possibly exposed to the communicable disease.
What are the tuition fees?
Tuition is charged based on sessions. Our school year session runs September through May. Our summer session runs June through August. Other factors which determine tuition cost is the age of the child, which program they are attending, and the schedule of attendance. For more information regarding tuition we encourage you to contact the center.
Are there any times throughout the year that you are closed?
We are open all year round. We close for most major holidays when they fall on a weekday. In addition, we close for the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as two professional development days each year.
Are there any subsidized child care spaces in your settings?
Yes. We do accept Ohio Department of Job and Family Services child care credit. Families wishing to enroll and use ODJFS funds must contact The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office in the county in which they live to receive authorization before they will be allowed to attend.
Is there a waiting list that I can place my child on?
Yes. You can place your child on our waiting list by contacting the Early Learning Center Office and submitting all required registration materials.
Can I set-up a visit to see the child care center?
Yes. You may contact the Early Learning Center Office to schedule a tour of the facility. We encourage interested families to schedule their visits to ensure someone is available to meet with them and devote the time necessary to answer their questions.