About Nierman Preschool

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Nierman Basics

Nierman Preschool is what our parents affectionately refer to as "Our Happy Place" for the joyous learning and lasting friendships that are part of the incomparable experience.

Nierman Preschool develops the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual well-being of each child through our developmental milestone curriculum. We have created a safe, nurturing environment that offers opportunities for exploration and discovery, and are committed to providing access to programs for children with disabilities. We are connected to JCC preschools across the nation in embracing and redefining excellence in early childhood education by utilizing Jewish elements and lenses as our framework for daily activities. This has served to reinforce our long-standing tradition of a strong Judaic curriculum. School activities and programs are greatly enhanced by the enthusiastic support of our active Nierman Preschool Committee. Parents are invited to be involved in the classrooms and on committees including green committee, room parents, health and safety, and special programs. Joyous family holiday celebrations are planned throughout the school year in addition to classroom festivities. Participation at the school offers a rewarding way to be more involved with your child and to meet other families. Our Glickman-Galinson Early Childhood Education Complex houses sixteen classrooms, a central outdoor playground, a separate toddler/two year old playground, a Children’s Garden Sanctuary, a kitchen and a STEM lab. Classes also utilize the Astor Judaica Library, David and Dorothea Garfield Theater and the Jacobs Family Gymnasium.

VISION STATEMENT 

Our vision statements express our intentions and desired future for children, families and educators. The work of the Nierman Preschool fulfills the mission of the Lawrence Family JCC, which is to connect with Jewish heritage, identity, experiences and values to ensure the continuity and vibrancy of the Jewish community. We invite you to partner with us on this journey to embody and achieve our vision, described below. 

CHILDREN 

  • We believe children are curious, capable, and creative risk takers (D’rash) who want to explore their environment to make sense of their world (Hit’orerut). 
  • We believe that preparing children to become engaged, contributing and open-minded members of society begins by seeing children now as future makers, leaders and innovators. 
  • We believe children are unique and natural learners who are able to drive their own learning. 
  • We believe children’s self-directed learning helps their social-emotional, physical and intellectual growth, each along their own timeline (Tzelem Elohim). 

FAMILIES 

  • We believe in fostering a strong connection (B’rit) between home, school and community where families are engaged and empowered as pillars of their child’s educational journey (Masa). 
  • We believe that consistent and transparent communication between families and educators is the cornerstone (K’dushah) to creating a trusting and respectful educational environment. 
  • We believe that families, in collaboration with educators, create a supportive community wherein the enriching ideals and practices of Jewish life thrive (Tikkun Olam). 

EDUCATORS 

  • We believe in educators who are friendly, passionate and professional. 
  • We believe in a warm, nurturing, healthy and inclusive environment for every learner who walks through our doors. 
  • We believe educators deserve competitive pay and benefits. 
  • We believe our educators can create respectful and individualized educational experiences for their students. 
  • We believe educators need multiple opportunities for professional development in cutting- edge Early Childhood Education, to facilitate their own lifelong learning (D’rash). 

ENVIRONMENT 

  • We believe in providing a warm, sensory enriched, aesthetically inspiring and safe environment. 
  • We believe our preschool is the beginning of a lifelong connection to the JCC and serves as an asset to the broader San Diego community. 
  • We believe the environment serves as a welcoming home for families with young children as they begin their Jewish and educational journeys (Masa). 
  • We believe partnerships within our organization (including Performing Arts, Senior Programming, Sports and Fitness) as well as collaborations with local organizations beyond the walls of our JCC, inform the work of our preschool.

SCHOOL DATES/HOURS

Preschool begins on Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am. - 1:00 pm.
Refer to school calendar for holidays and vacations.

EXTENDED CARE

Extended Care offers flexible extended day care. Parents can feel confident leaving their children for an extended day routinely or on an as-needed basis. Full-time preschool staff oversee the children's nap/quiet time and play. Billing is based on usage and are charged by the half hour at a rate of $5.50 per half hour.

Extended Care Hours:

Monday – Thursday from 7:30 – 9:00 am. and 1:00 – 5:30 pm.

Friday from 7:30 – 9:00 am. and 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

FACILITIES

The beautiful Glickman-Galinson Early Childhood Education Complex houses sixteen state-of-the-art classrooms, specially-designed bathrooms, a central outdoor playground, a special toddler/two year old play yard, an outdoor amphitheater, a kitchen, computer lab, and a multi-purpose room. Classes also utilize the Astor Judaica Library, David and Dorothea Garfield Theater, and Jacobs Family Gymnasium.

SECURITY/SAFETY

All parents are required to participate in an earthquake preparedness program. A survival kit must be ordered if your child is new at the preschool. Please include the fee for earthquake preparedness with application fee.

SIGRID & JACK FISCHER SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Help send a child to preschool by becoming a Sigrid & Jack Fischer Scholarship Patron! Many children need financial support to gain the growth and enrichment of a preschool experience.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

A limited number of scholarships are available. Requests for financial assistance must be submitted no later than April 17, 2020. Requests received after that date will be considered only if funds are available. Learn more >


Curriculum

We strive to develop curiosity, imagination, the pleasure of discovery, self-esteem, caring for others, and the ability to play both cooperatively and independently. With attention to developmental stages, teachers and specialists offer an integrated approach to education, combining learning and play, skillfully building on what children can already do, and challenging them to try new things. Music and physical education are additional components of our curriculum.

The environmental components in the classroom are enhanced by the "ta'am" (flavor) of Judaism, the heritage and values, which allows the children to cultivate a positive sense of identity for themselves and with the greater community. 

In particular, seven (Sheva) Jewish lenses serve as foundational guides to ethical living, working and learning within our school and our Nierman community:

  1. Masa = Journey; reflection, return and renewal.
  2. B’rit = Covenant; belonging and commitment.
  3. Tzelem Elohim = Divine Image; dignity and potential.
  4. K’dushah = Holiness; intentionality and presence.
  5. Hit’orerut = Awakening; amazement and gratitude.
  6. D’rash = Interpretation; inquiry, dialogue and transmission.
  7. Tikkun Olam = Repair of the World; responsibility.

Jewish culture, traditions, holidays, and heritage are studied and celebrated with songs, stories, dance, cooking, and crafts. Shabbat is celebrated at school each week in an atmosphere of joyful togetherness and sharing, and cultural diversity is promoted and respected as children and families share their traditions from around the globe.

Experiences are multi-sensory and encourage growth in:

  • Fine and Gross Motor Coordination
  • Sensory Integration
  • Cognitive and Adaptive Skills
  • Brain Development
  • Socio-emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Moral Development
  • Spanish as a Second Language

 


 

Special Programs

EXTENDED CARE

Kid Konnection offers flexible extended day care. Parents can feel confident leaving their children for an extended day routinely or on an as-needed basis. Full-time preschool staff oversee the children's nap/quiet time and play. Time cards are maintained based on usage and are charged by the half hour.

Extended Care Hours:
Monday – Thursday from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Friday from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Fee: $4.40/half-hour

TOT PROGRAM |TOTelahs (18 – 23 months)

TOTelahs offers one of the best toddler programs available in San Diego County. Parents and toddlers will love the individualized attention provided by an extraordinary staff who promotes social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development through nurturing supervision. TOTalehs come in as toddlers and grow into confident, creative, curious, and imaginative two-year olds. Our five-day program is designed to support working parents. Limited two and three-day options are available.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT & HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

School activities and programs are greatly enhanced by the enthusiastic support of our active Nierman Preschool Parent Committee. Parents are invited to be involved in the classrooms and on committees including green committee, room parents, health and safety, and special programs. Joyous family holiday celebrations are planned throughout the school year in addition to classroom festivities. Participation at the school offers a rewarding way to be more involved with your child and to meet other families.

SPECIALISTS

We are fortunate to have an Inclusion Manager on staff to help identify children's needs and to assist parents and teachers with appropriate resources to maximize their children's potential.

FAMILY EDUCATION & SPECIALISTS

We are fortunate to have a social worker and occupational therapist on staff to help identify children's needs and to assist parents and teachers with appropriate resources to maximize their children's potential. Unique social skills and motor skills enrichments are offered by trained specialists.

ENRICHMENT

Sports, music, creative movement, yoga, Karate, cooking, dance, science, math, and drama are among the outstanding enrichment classes offered each afternoon on a rotating schedule for 4–5 year olds. Classes meet once a week for approximately eight week sessions. Further information about enrichment class programs is available through the Preschool Office.

Enrichment Hours: Monday - Friday from 1:15 – 2:00 pm or 2:15 - 3:00 pm.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

Cutting-edge research in brain development emphasizes the benefits of learning a foreign language at a very early age. By enrolling in one of our Spanish Immersion classes, Nierman Preschoolers are offered a unique opportunity to build pathways needed to acquire a new language while also enhancing cognitive and creative abilities.

SPANISH 5-DAY IMMERSION CLASSES
Learning a second language is a 21st century skill which will prepare our students to live and work in a global society. Starting foreign language instruction early sets the stage for students to develop advanced proficiency in one or more languages. In addition, younger learners have the capacity to develop near native-like pronunciation and intonation in a new language.


Admission & Payment Policy

Registration for the 2020 – 2021 academic school year opens January 2020. Families currently enrolled at Nierman Preschool have first priority. Spaces are limited in some classes. In order to get your first choice program, please sign-up as soon as possible.

To apply, please register with the application fee. The application fee will only be processed upon guarantee of a space. A waiting list will be maintained for children who are not enrolled due to lack of space.

Members of the Jewish Community Center have priority placement. Non-members are welcome to become members and to have their applications processed immediately. Membership priority placement will be contingent upon members' accounts being current for all fees and dues.