Early Childhood

Early Childhood Center

Ages3 months - 5 years

The Leonard and Syril Rubin Early Childhood Center is a warm and caring environment rooted in Jewish values. We believe children are natural learners and through play-based programming, we build a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.

Information on 2024-2025

At the Leonard and Syril Rubin Early Childhood Center, we are dedicated to preparing our children to be caring, responsible and independent leaders. Our small class ratios, coupled with our experienced and loving educators, allow us to offer a personalized and differentiated learning opportunity. Each child is an integral part of our community, whose creative ideas, wonder, and curiosity are valued and cherished.

We are in the unique position to utilize the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades’ spacious 185,000 square foot building and 21 acres of idyllic outdoor grounds. The campus features an indoor and outdoor aquatics center, 2 gymnasiums, dance studios, multiple playgrounds, fields, courts, and so much more.

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201.408.1438     earlychildhoodcenter@jccotp.org


Our philosophy encourages and supports children on their journey to becoming lifelong learners. We use EXPLORE + PLAY = LEARN as a main vehicle for fostering curiosity, exploration, and discovery. Through hands-on experiences based on children’s interests, our students gain the skill sets to be successful in academics and in life.

We thrive as a school community by practicing Jewish values with respect and kindness at the forefront. We engage our children and families by offering year-round opportunities to share in the joy of practicing mitzvot and creating impactful Jewish journeys, individually and collectively.


Our programs provide a unique, multi-dimensional education for children ages, 3 months to 5 years old. We offer a variety of program options intended to accommodate your family’s needs and schedules. In each class, our experienced, professional staff work closely with each child to promote their social, emotional and intellectual development.


We hope you will join us in our Leonard and Syril Rubin Early Childhood Center, where we not only create lifelong learners, but a deep and enriching community experience for the whole family.


What will my child's day look like?

We follow a flexible schedule built around the incredible enrichment opportunities we’re offered at the Kaplen JCC, such a sports, instructional swimming, music, as well as outdoor time, rest, meals, and snack. These schedules allow us to be responsive to both the educational and emotional needs of the children on a daily basis. Our child led curriculum is designed to meet or exceed state and local requirements, with a focus on learning through developmentally appropriate play and celebration of Jewish holidays and values.

Click on a sample schedule below to view each age level’s flexible day.

How early can I enroll my baby in the infant program?

Infants may begin as early as 3 months old. They must be 3 months by Sept 1, 2024 to start the school year with us, although we do accept applications throughout the year. As infants develop, they may transition to the toddler classroom with parental permission. Space is extremely limited in the infant room.

Is there a birthday cutoff date for class placements?

Yes. Children are placed in classrooms according to age. In alignment with public schools, the birthday cutoff Sept 1, 2024 for the infant and toddler programs and October 15 for the twos, threes, fours programs, positioning them to graduate to kindergarten at the appropriate time for their age. No matter their needs, our experienced, professional staff work closely with each child to promote his or her social, emotional and intellectual development.

Age requirements for the 2024-25 school year are as follows:

Infants: 3 months old by 09/01/2024
Toddlers: 12 months old by 09/01/2024
Transitional Twos: 12 months old by 09/01/2024
Twos: 2 years old by 10/15/2024
Threes: 3 years old by 10/15/2024
Fours: 4 years old by 10/15/2024

What is the enrollment process?

Once you contact us, we will schedule a one-on-one conversation to best understand your needs. We will place your child in the age-appropriate program once an application and registration fee are submitted. All application materials and fees are required in order to process the application.

Is there a waitlist?

We often receive applications from more families than we are able to accommodate. Returning children and siblings are given priority, and new children are placed in classrooms on a first come first serve basis. Those who are not offered a seat are added to a wait list for the age-appropriate program. There is no registration fee required to be added to the wait list. When openings become available, we will contact you by email and phone.

What are the tuition costs?

Please contact us at 201.408.1438 or earlychildhoodcenter@jccotp.org for the costs of the programs that you are interested in.

What is the registration fee?

A non-refundable and non-transferable registration fee of $725 is required. Please note that the registration fee is not applied towards the cost of tuition. All application materials and fees are required in order to process the application.

When is tuition due?

During the enrollment process, you will be prompted to set up a payment plan for the school year tuition. There will be an option to pay in full or set up monthly installments using a credit card or checking account. The first payment will be due July 2024. For families starting later than the beginning of the school year, the first payment is due 2 months before your start date. All tuition payments must be paid in full by April 2025 for 10 month programs or June 2025 for 12 month programs.

Do I need to be a JCC member to enroll?

All families are required to be Kaplen JCC members to enroll in the Leonard and Syril Rubin Early Childhood Center, which includes wonderful benefits. Membership affords the whole family access to endless enrichment and wellbeing opportunities, including our state-of-the-art fitness center, aquatics center, spa, and more.

New families joining the ECC, enrolling in full day or extended day programs receive a Kaplen JCC membership as part of their tuition for the first school year, and 50% of their membership fees for the second school year. New families enrolling in any partial day program receive a 50% of their membership fees included in their tuition for the first school year. (Membership is valid from September 2024-August 2025. Fees prorated based on start date and day length).

Are enrichment and extracurricular classes included in the tuition?

Each class enjoys weekly in-school enrichment activities as part of their tuition. In addition, families may choose to enroll in more extracurricular classes for an additional fee per class. Teachers change their clothes (as needed) children are escorted by a staff member to and from their extracurricular classes. If you are enrolling in an extended day program at the Leonard and Syril Rubin Early Childhood Center, we will include one extracurricular class of your choice per semester in your tuition! Note that only extracurricular programs after 3:30 pm are available for extended day students.

What is your cancelation policy?

We want you to feel comfortable and safe at our ECC.

Should you decide to withdraw your child voluntarily, you may withdraw by July 1 prior to the start of the school year and receive a full credit/refund any tuition payments made. The registration fee will remain non-refundable.

If you choose to withdraw after July 1, 2024, a 30-day written notice is required. The registration fee will not be refunded, and you will be required to pay the tuition for the 30 days of notice.

Is Financial assistance available?

Yes, need-based financial assistance is available. The deadline to apply is April 3 for the following school year, and the second deadline is May 1. Please contact us at 201.408.1438 or yvered@jccotp.org for application.

We are also part of the Jewish Right Start Program through the Jewish Federation of Northern, NJ, which grants scholarships for children already registered. Read about eligibility requirements and apply now.

The JCC’s infant program is beyond incredible! I can’t tell you how much my family and I love our teachers. They are amazing—simply amazing! Mila looks great and is clearly cared for with love. I am so grateful to the JCC for taking such amazing care of my little baby.

Shain Mother of Noah and Mila

It seems like my son is engaged in new messy, fun, creative activities every day! From nature walks to art projects, his day is filled with stimulating opportunities for development. His teachers are our heroes, bringing so much comfort and happiness to our lives.

Rebecca Mother of Adam

Since the first moment we stepped foot in the JCC, the teachers made us feel welcome and included in their big, loving family. My daughter acclimated immediately and then never wanted to leave! I’ve seen leaps in her development and mood since we began there.

Benjamin Father of Maya

Each day when I receive photos I am just floored, beyond impressed, with the way the teachers are keeping the children engaged, learning and most of all, happy! Their smiles literally make me so happy even after a long day of work. The creativity is truly amazing.

Brooke Mother of Miles
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