ECE Programs

Early Childhood

Jayne Smith, Director of Early Childhood Services • 718.475.5265 •

Dawn Gallis, Asst. Preschool & Daycare Director – Berman JCC, 2221 Richmond Ave • 718.475.5100

Stephanie Burdge, FFF Coordinator/ Berman JCC 718.475.5100

Stephanie Prasenski, ECE Coordinator – Avis South Shore • 718.475.5224 •

Tanya Laughlin, First Foot Forward Coordinator – Bernikow/Avis • 718.475.5225 •

Marie Fago, ECE Coordinator, Aberlin North Shore, 485 Victory Blvd, 718-475-5286,

The JCC is proud to partner with the NYC Department of Education to offer FREE 3-K and Pre-K For All. At all of our locations, we have flexible scheduling and small class sizes. With over 50 years of experience, the JCC Early Childhood Education Department will give your children their best start!

3-K For All and Pre-K For All is offered at 4 convenient locations:

  • Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC, 1466 Manor Road 718.475.5230
  • Nancy and Ronald Avis/South Shore JCC, 1297 Arthur Kill Road 718.475.5224
  • Aberlin/North Shore JCC, 485 Victory Boulevard 718.475.5290
  • JCC/Berman Early Childhood Education Center, 2221 Richmond Avenue 718.475.5100

 To learn more about our programs, or to schedule a tour, please call any of our locations at the phone numbers above.  Or, join us at our Open House on Wednesday, February 27, from 9:30am to 11:30am at all 4 locations.

Seating is limited, so apply now:


The JCC is proud to partner with the NYC Department of Education to offer Pre K For All.  This full day program follows Units of Study aligned the NYS Prekindergarten Common Core.

Extended day options for working families from 7am to 6pm.  Enrichment activities including Smart Table Technology, extended day activities such as soccer, music, swim and much more are offered at most locations.  Family engagement opportunities are also an important part of our program.

PKA offered at 4 convenient locations:
  • 1466 Manor Road
  • 1297 Arthur Kill Road
  • 485 Victory Blvd
  • 3854 Hylan Blvd at UNIKIDS
  • The Berman Early Childhood Center 2221 Richmond Ave.

Contact Marla at 718.475.5230

Infant & Toddler Daycare

ages 3 mos. – 2.9 years – Bernikow, Berman
ages 2 – 2.9 years – Aberlin/North*
Our Daycare is licensed by the Department of Health, Bureau of Daycare, and our teachers are New York State certified. The JCC Daycare program provides your child with a full day of activities, security and care in an environment that stimulates their growth in all areas of development.
12 month full day program. 7am-6pm
2 day, 3 day (Aberlin North)
5 day schedules (at all sites)
*Ask us about our half day options at the North site.

JCC Preschool

ages 2.9 – 3.9 years
The JCC Preschool brings the world into your child’s classroom by incorporating themes about themselves, their family, their community, and the world around them. We use a wide variety of activities and materials to help your child learn in their unique way in our hands-on environment.

10 month full or half day program
2, 3, or 5 day schedules
Full day, 9am-4pm • Half day, 9am-12pm

Early Childhood Advisory Committee

Jaclyn Kronfeld, Denise Schneider, Co-Chairs
Join other families and help us enhance our Early Childhood Center with new ideas, family events and fundraising opportunities.

Contact Jayne Smith, Early Childhood Director for more details 718.475.5265.

Pilot Preschool

Bernikow JCC
Half day
Our Pilot Preschool program is a half day program for children ages 2.9-3.6. Children participate as the peer models in an inclusive
classroom. This program offers additional classroom support and enrichment.

Early Childhood Facebook

This is a closed group for JCC of Staten Island Early Childhood families. We share pictures, information, learning tools, articles
and a general peek into our Early Childhood world. Please feel free to ask questions and post comments.

Pilot Preschool Summer Program

Full and Half day options available at the Bernikow JCC and Avis South Shore buildings.

PJ Library

PJ Library is a free community program bringing age appropriate Jewish themed books and CD’s each month to registered children 6
months to 8 years old. Participation is open to all. To register for this wonderful FREE program visit the Staten Island page on the PJ Library website at
Visit us on Facebook @Library Staten Island

Alma Harter Library

Inside the Staten Island Bank & Trust Foundation Early Childhood wing at the Bernikow JCC is a special library. The Alma Harter Children’s Library provides children with access to books that keep them smiling, entertained, and fosters a love of literature.
This can also be said about Alma Harter, the JCC’s first Early Childhood director. To make a donation or to add books to our library, please call Jayne Smith at 718.475.5265.

Aleph Bet (Bernikow only)

for 4-year-old children
Introduction to Jewish Culture, language and celebrations.
16 sessions, Starting September 13
3:30- 4:30pm
Fee: $280M/$370NM


All of our Early Childhood Programs will have access to Smart Table Technology. These tables provide supplemental educational programs through fun learning activities. All programs are aligned to the New York State Pre- Kindergarten Common Core Standards. Children learn to use technology in a collaborative learning environment.

QUALITYstarsNY is a voluntary quality improvement and rating system for all types of regulated early childhood programs in New York State that serve children from birth through age five. QUALITYstarsNY uses research-based, culturally responsive program standards developed by New York’s leading early education experts to support programs to provide children with high-quality early learning experiences. The JCC is a proud partner in Quality Stars NY.


1466 Manor Road


1297 Arthur Kill Road


485 Victory Blvd

Select JCC facilities are available to all organizations, groups and individuals for life cycle events, meetings and celebrations. Call 718.475.5261 for information.

For Membership Inquiries Please Contact:
Membership Services 718.475.5223 

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