Director of Early Learning
330.746.3250 ext. 119
Ben Katz is the new Early Learning Director at the Youngstown Jewish Community Center. The department encompasses both Preschool and Infant/Toddler programs. Ben has a M.ed in Environmental Education from Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and a focus on outdoor learning for young children. His experience with education includes all ages, from early learners up to seniors (eco tours). Ben began as an education professional, creating outdoor curriculum for FAU’s lab school at Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development. Most recently, Ben spent the last two years as the middle school science teacher at Akiva Academy. He was also selected to participate in a fellowship with the Sheva Center Leadership Institute for Early Childhood Professionals, a program run by the JCCA and funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation. He is one of 31 fellows accepted into the three year program from across the US and Canada. The goal of the Institute is to discuss, share and implement best practices in Early Childhood Education (ECE), both at our JCCs and in JCCs all across the country and the world.
Ben Katz grew up in Southeast Florida, but his whole family is from right here in Youngstown, Ohio. Despite not growing up here, Ben spent time here every year, sometimes for a short trip, and other times for months. The memories made and the lessons learned here, made a huge impact on Ben and are the reason why he sought the opportunity to live in Youngstown, and to help build up this special community.
Our Early Learning Center at the JCC provides a secure environment that allows children of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We seek to nourish a child's natural curiosity and excitement while allowing each child to develop at his/her own pace. You can be confident that we will provide all the loving, enriching attention you want for your child.
Our play-based Creative Curriculum fosters positive childhood experiences and encourages development in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development. We have a strong emphasis on physical fitness at our facility with an on-site gymnasium, heated indoor pool and the Valley's best outdoor playground.
Our qualified, nurturing staff provide a climate of positive interaction with stimulating conversations, age appropriate activities and projects which encourage development across multiple educational domains. Children will be empowered in a loving environment while learning self-control.
School Age Care
Monday - Friday
Half day: 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Extended day options: 6:45 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.