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JCC MidWestchester

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Universal Pre-K

The JCC of Mid Westchester is very excited to serve as a community provider in the City School District of New Rochelle’s Universal Pre-K program. While the free program is ordinarily reserved for those who enter and are selected in a district-wide lottery, spots remain available for the 2021-2022 school year. This means, a limited number of families who live in New Rochelle with children turning 4 by December 30, 2021 can send these children to the JCC for FREE Monday through Friday from 12:15-2:45 or for just $650/month for an extended 8:45-2:45 day.

The JCC of Mid-Westchester is renowned for its early childhood programs. We have a long history of success preparing children to excel in kindergarten, focusing on literacy, writing and math and using teaching methods shown to meet children’s various and unique learning styles. We supplement structured learning with enriching extracurricular activities, including music, gymnastics and swimming.

Since the start of the pandemic, the JCC has been strictly following COVID protocols, including mask wearing, social distancing, daily health screenings and rigorous hand-washing.

Additional information about our program and COVID protocols are detailed below.

Families interested in Universal Pre-K at the JCC should fill out the form below. Spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  Questions can be directed to Amy Sullivan, Director, at (914) 725-7300 x821

Our Philosophy

Our early childhood programs focus on the importance of play and exploration for child development.  Children are naturally curious and have an innate desire to explore the world around them. Each day our students are given the opportunity to explore our specially designed learning centers, as well as our outdoor playgrounds and indoor gross motor spaces.  Our teachers also offer structured learning activities, which focus on specific learning objectives and allow for academic progress monitoring.  We also offer music, gymnastics, and swimming as part of our curriculum.

We believe in creating an atmosphere of acceptance and diversity.  The importance of teaching our students to be kind, responsible members of society is paramount to what we do as educators. Our Universal Pre-K classrooms are integrated and co-taught by a New York State certified special education teacher and a New York State certified early childhood teacher.  Children who qualify for special services, such as speech or occupational therapy, can receive those services from our licensed therapists during the school day. 

Our Curriculum

The JCC of Mid Westchester utilizes a curriculum that is aligned to New York State’s learning standards for pre-kindergarten. We focus on literacy, writing and math skills as we prepare our students for kindergarten.  Concepts are taught using a variety of teaching methods to best meet the learning styles & needs of all students.

Staff Qualifications

All teachers have a master’s degree and hold teaching certifications from New York State Education Department. Our therapists and our school nurse hold licenses from New York State in their respective professions.

Parent Handbook and Code of Conduct

A copy of our parent handbook can be found here.  

Universal Pre-K PARENT HANDBOOK 2021-2022

A copy of our Code of Conduct can be found here.

Code of Conduct

COVID Precautions

A description of our current COVID precautions can be found here

Hours of Operation

Afternoon Session  12:15 – 2:45 PM

JCC of Mid Westchester offers the option of extending your child’s school day from 8:45 until 2:45, for a nominal fee of $650/month.

Staff to Student Ratio

17:2:1 (17 Students, 2 Teachers, 1 Teaching Assistant)

For more information about Universal Pre-K at the JCC of Mid Westchester please call

Amy Sullivan (914) 725-7300 x821