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Three-Year-Olds

For children who turn three by September 1

The Three-Year-Old (3's) program is when we often see friendships blossom and social dynamics take on a significant role in a child’s life. At the RJWECC, children learn through experience how to collaborate with their peers and build friendships that can last a lifetime.

2019-2020 3's Schedule and Options

We have two programs — "Core" and "PLUS" — both meet five days/week. Each Three-Year-Old class includes both Core and PLUS students who spend the mornings together, participating in the same “core” curriculum experiences.

Core Program


Traditional 3's school hours, which can be supplemented with a wide variety of options, including Enrichment, which gives children added opportunities to cook, create, and explore; and ACE, which brings local professionals to our school to teach specialized programs in sports, dance, and science
Schedule:

5 days/week (M-F)
Hours:
9:15 am - 12:30 pm

Learn about all of our Core Program options here.

PLUS Program


For families who prefer or need an extended school day 
Schedule: 5 days/week (M-F)
Early Start:
7:30 am - 4:00 pm or
7:30 am – 6:00pm
Regular Start:
9:15 am - 4:00 pm or
9:15 am - 6:00 pm

Learn more about the PLUS Program here.

Click here for tuition and fees for our Core and PLUS Programs.

About the 3's Curriculum

When three-year-olds express their natural curiosity, we help them learn about topics that fascinate them and further their thinking. In the classrooms, on the playground, and in our STEM room, teachers ask reflective questions, encouraging the children to take time to observe their surroundings and formulate their own ideas. Our investigations incorporate early literacy activities, art, math and science concepts, and imaginative play.

Three-year-olds typically acquire an increasing awareness of the mechanics of literacy and math, and teachers support this by adding to the building blocks of these skills presented in our 2’s program, meeting each child where they are. Handwriting Without Tears materials are used to help children learn the concept of representational art and to support them when they begin to express an interest in creating letters. Our goal is to establish the fundamentals of these academic skills at an age-appropriate level so that the children are prepared for their next steps in school.

All children at the RJWECC have weekly music and movement classes with our specialists, and daily opportunities to play outside on our expansive grounds and new, age-appropriate playgrounds. Our teachers integrate the study of Jewish holidays and culture into all aspects of the school day.

Children eat lunch – either brought from home or purchased through our hot lunch program – with their classmates. Some children end their day after lunch at 12:30 pm, while others extend their school day through the various options we offer to meet the needs of our families and their child’s interests.