We offer tours of Shalom Children’s Center between 9 am and noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Schedule your tour online here!
For more information contact JCC Early Childhood Education Director Kate Brantley at 828-253-0701 ext. 109, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities expand rapidly through the many engaging activities and interactions they experience at Shalom Children’s Center. Children are immersed in a literacy rich environment that fosters language and pre-reading skills, along with activities and materials that encourage discovery of the world around them. Our two-year-old classrooms focus on language development and emphasize building relationships within the classroom family. Three-year-old classrooms encourage self-reliance, self-expression, and respect for others. Children participate in a wide array of activities that build their brains, such as daily circle and story time, indoor and outdoor free play, art activities, puzzles and sorting, music, and integrated lessons in Jewish values.
Children learn through experience.
Shalom Children’s Center’s unique curriculum integrates the ideas and practices of emergent curriculum with the JCC’s Judaic values-based framework for the education of young children. Daily and weekly activities are adapted to develop skills and foster concepts that are appropriate for each child’s growing abilities and interests. Children’s physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities expand rapidly through the many engaging activities and interactions they experience at the JCC.
Children learn through music in our twice weekly community song circles on Monday (Havdalah) and Friday (Shabbat). Children get additional gross motor development with our dance/movement specialist each week, and our award winning gardening program teaches science, nutrition, and environmental stewardship through hands-on exploration.
- Daily circle time and story time
- Free play in classroom centers
- Physical education in our gymnasium and on the playground
- Intergenerational programming with visiting “Bubbies”
- Weekly gardening in our award-winning children’s educational garden
- Weekly activities with visiting music, science, and Judaic specialists