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Stoler Early Learning Center

FALL 2020 UPDATE:

We are so excited to be able to bring back our Kindergarten at the J program at the Owings Mills JCC to meet the needs of our families and community for the 2020-2021 school year!  The program will start on Wednesday, September 2, at our Stoler Early Learning Center with a maximum capacity of 15 students.  

Our Preschool program will begin on Monday, August 31 with full-day options available for ages 3 months to 5 years.

We will continue to ensure a safe and healthy school environment including following CDC guidelines as well as the protocols and procedures from the Maryland State Department of Education and Baltimore County’s Department of Health, as well as timely recommendations from our medical partner, LifeBridge Health. 

Kindergarten Application 2020-21
Preschool Application 2020-21  
Infant/Toddler Application 2020-21

Frequently Asked Questions: Kindergarten
Frequently Asked Questions: Preschool


For more information contact Dani Ashendorf at dashendorf@jcc.org.



New! Kindergarten | Preschool | Toddlers | Infants
 

Infant/Toddler Care, Ages 3-24 Months

Observing and Encouraging Your Child

At the Stoler ELC, your child will be lovingly tended to by MSDE licensed teachers specifically trained in the group care of infants and toddlers. The JCC’s state-of-the art, self-contained facility features individual cribs, changing tables, rocking chairs, and developmentally appropriate toys.

Our teachers help facilitate your child's development by continually observing, documenting and encouraging your child. Our goal is to provide the same care at school that a child receives at home, and we work very closely with parents to maintain and meet each individual child's needs.

Infants

Our infants are in a classroom designed specifically for gross motor and sensory exploration. With plenty of open space and developmentally appropriate toys, toddlers begin to organize and command their environment. We work with the children individually and tailor the day to help them grow. We encourage them with developmental skills such as rolling over, crawling and pulling up, and we also work with them on eating independently.

As children become more active they are moved to a room with more opportunities for further exploration and developmental growth. We encourage children to explore their environment, both indoors and outdoors, in areas that are designed specifically to meet their needs. Our program focuses on the whole child and we closely partner with parents to ensure we are meeting the physical, cognitive, and social/emotional needs of each child. 

Toddlers

Toddlers have the opportunity to enjoy preschool activities including gym, music, water play, cooking and art in a highly supportive and supervised setting. We help toddlers gain control over their environment by encouraging independence.  Our teachers work closely with each child to help them understand the world around them through the use of sensory experiences, literacy, dramatic play, and so much more.

High quality early childhood education lays a foundation for intellectual, language, physical, social and emotional development and is essential for later academic and social success.  Here your child can fulfill their full potential in a secure and loving environment. One of the foremost teachers of our tradition, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, wrote on the subject of education: “The home can do little without the school, but the school can do nothing without the home. Alas if they do not go hand and hand.” We know that children thrive when there is a close partnership between the home and the school.

Preschool at the Stoler Early Learning Center (ELC)

Children begin their school years at the Stoler ELC in a warm, nurturing environment led by experienced, MSDE licensed early childhood educators. At the Stoler ELC, we provide a well-rounded program designed to build a child's self-confidence, encourage friendships, and explore new concepts.  

Curriculum

Each child’s strengths, needs, and interests are addressed through an integrated — Judaic and secular — curriculum.

Daily Activities

American Red Cross Certified Swim (for children 3+) | Creative play | Physical movement | Art | Circle time | Computer | Science | Cooking | Story time | Customs and the traditions of Jewish life

Facility Features

Sparkling classrooms | Child-size bathrooms | A gross motor room | Teaching kitchen | Time-honored games, toys, furniture, and other materials | Library | Three outdoor playgrounds: The Natural, Boundless, and Biblical playgrounds each offer a completely different environment for creative play and learning.

Healthy Choices Curriculum

If your family promotes healthy eating at home, then you’ll appreciate the Stoler ELC’s Healthy Choices Curriculum. Our staff work directly with children in our classrooms to introduce them to new, healthy foods. Kale, Quinoa, Kiwi - we might try one these for snack today. Our emphasis is on “try,” as developing an awareness of nutritional, healthy eating often comes in small steps.

Kindergarten

Our developmental program is based on the belief that young children learn through active involvement with materials in a warm and nurturing environment, which builds self-confidence and develops curiosity. Our program also provides young children with opportunities to learn about themselves and their community and to acquire the knowledge that will allow them to make strong, healthy choices now and in the future. Children learn to share ideas that occur during daily activities. Our program fosters communication skills, cognitive skills and motor skills. Jewish culture and values are integrated throughout the curriculum, thereby building a strong foundation of education and Jewish life for the future.

Our classrooms are set up with clearly defined centers, which enable children to explore materials, make choices, work together and independently, and experience a wide range of activities to engage social emotional competencies, language and literacy, mathematics, sciences, social studies, physical well-being, motor development and fine arts. A balance of indoor and outdoor activities, as well as active and calm activities, will be incorporated into the program each day.

Health & Safety

In all our programs, we will continue to ensure a safe and healthy school environment for your children and our staff.  This includes following CDC guidelines as well as the protocols and procedures from the Maryland State Department of Education and Baltimore County’s Department of Health, as well as timely recommendations from our medical partner, LifeBridge Health.

Stoler ELC Director

Having grown up at the JCC in her native New York, Danielle Ashendorff was thrilled to join the Baltimore J family as the director of our Noah’s Ark preschool camp, a role she held for 3 years.  She attended Towson University, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies and subsequent Masters degrees in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Prior to coming to the JCC, she worked at a school for children with communication and related disorders, and taught kindergarten for Baltimore County Public Schools in a communication and learning support classroom.  Prior to assuming her role as the Director of the Stoler Early Learning Center, she taught pre-k here and continued as our camp director, while providing community outreach and family engagement opportunities for the ELC.

As the Stoler ELC director, Dani is focused on increasing hands-on, child-centered learning and family engagement.  When she is not at work, Dani enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling back to New York to see her niece and nephews, and taking her dog, Cooper, to the dog park. 

Contact: Dani Ashendorf | 410.559.3589 | dashendorf@jcc.org

Program Hours

All 2020-21 programs will run Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.

At this time, we are unable to offer Part-Time, Early Drop Off and Late Stay options.

Noah’s Ark Summer Camp

Stoler ECEC | Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC | Ages 2-5
Learn more about our summer camp.

Accreditation

All school programs are licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education. The JCC also participates in the Maryland Excels program.

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