The Pitt Child Development Center is proud to be an inclusive environment. To support the JCC's mission of inclusion, the Pitt Child Development Center seeks to accommodate pre-school age children with special needs. A set number of openings exist for these children whom would benefit by being accompanied 1:1 by an Inclusion Assistant so that they may participate in the Pitt Child Development Center pre-school program.
The JCC graciously acknowledges the Jewish Fund, the Skillman Foundation and the Edward and Judith Narens Endowment for Children with Special Needs for their support of our inclusive programming.
The Pitt Child Development Center offers the best available full and part time Infant, Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten programs for children 2 months – 6 years old. Our program is committed to providing the highest quality in early childhood education with experienced staff, innovative programs, a high-tech security system and the finest state-of-the-art facility in the area. We invite you to visit. For an appointment or a tour, please contact the Pitt CDC office at 248.432.5582 ● 248.432.5485 fax
The mission of our early childhood center is to provide a well-balanced, quality, developmental program that includes age appropriate educational and Judaic experiences and family involvement in a safe, warm, and loving environment.
For more than 45 years, children have been enrolled in early childhood programs at the Jewish Community Center. The Sarah & Irving Pitt Child Development Center’s philosophy is based on the belief that each child is unique and develops at his or her won rate. At the Center, your child will thrive in a Jewish environment that is rich in child-centered activities and filled with time for individual pursuits. We are dedicated to creating a total environment in which children are nurtured and challenged intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically. We seek to create an atmosphere of acceptance in which the uniqueness of each child is respected. We believe that children are empowered when they are involved in decision-making and are given choices. Children are respected and treated with dignity.
DEVELOPING JEWISH IDENTITY
Jewish values and ethics curriculum, customs, holidays, Bible stories, Hebrew enrichment, Israel awareness and weekly Shabbat celebrations enhance and highlight learning experiences in the Pitt Child Development Center. Our goal is to provide an environment in which children come to appreciate their Jewish heritage and traditions through participation in a wide range of Center special events, including the Barbara & Douglas Matzah Factory, annual Jewish Book Fair, family programs and many other community activities.
The toddler program is designed for children who are between the ages of 14 and 30 months. Children must be walking independently, no longer drinking from a bottle and taking one nap a day. The program provides a comfortable and stimulating environment that encourages exploration and the development of autonomy. The toddler rooms are separated by age; Toddler 1 has children 14 months to approximately 22 months and Toddler 2 has children approximately 22 months to 2 ½ years. Once the child turns 2 ½, they will attend our Transition class if they are not potty-trained or preschool if they are potty-trained and if there is space available.
Stimulating activities appropriate to each child’s age and stage of development are carried out daily. Group and individual activities are designed to enhance and stimulate each child’s development in the following areas: fine motor, gross motor, sensory and perceptual, cognitive, language and social. As each child is ready, caregivers will encourage and guide children to feed and dress themselves and to play cooperatively as well as independently. The children also participate in outdoor play on a daily basis (weather permitting). Toilet training will be individually planned in conjunction with each child’s parent(s) when the child has reached the appropriate developmental level. Enrichment classes are offered for the toddler classes. Enrichment classes include cooking, gym, science, computers and music class. A child to teacher ratio of 4:1 is met in the toddler classes. Morning and afternoon snack, lunch and diapers are provided by us. Parents may choose from 2, 3 or 5 days of full day care (7 a. m. to 6 p. m.).
Our infant program is for children 2 months through approximately 14 months of age. The program is designed to provide a warm, secure and predictable environment in which each infant’s uniqueness and developmental level is appreciated and respected.
The children are separated into two rooms; Infant 1 has the younger infants and Infant 2 has the infants who have mastered crawling and are beginning to walk. An effort is made to duplicate the child’s home schedule by providing nap times and appropriate feeding times for the younger infants. A daily log is kept for each child. This includes a comprehensive schedule of the child’s day including sleeping, feeding, activities and developmental milestones. Primary caregivers have been trained to promote a relationship of trust between the infant and caregiver. A child to teacher ratio of 3:1 will be maintained throughout the majority of the day. Daily activities will promote each infant’s development in the following areas: fine motor, gross motor, sensory and perceptual, cognitive, language and social. These activities are planned and integrated into the daily routine. Morning and afternoon snack, lunch and diapers are provided by us. Parents may choose from 2, 3 or 5 days of full day care (7 a. m. to 6 p. m.).
Our transition program is designed for children who have reached 2 ½ years old, are ready for preschool, but are not yet potty trained. It serves as a natural bridge between Infant/Toddler and Preschool, and potty training will continue to be worked on. We maintain a maximum child to teacher ratio of 6:1 that insures immediate attention of the child’s needs. This developmentally appropriate program consists of lots of play experiences including art, construction, creative movement, circle time, songs, stories and much, much more. Both teacher and child-initiated activities encourage the child’s natural curiosity and independence. Special enrichment activities include instructional gym, cooking, computers, science and music as part of the child’s daily routine. Morning and afternoon snack, lunch and diapers are provided by us. Parents may choose 9 a.m. – noon without lunch, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. or 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. with your choice of 2, 3 or 5 days of care based on availability.
Our playgroup program is designed for children 2 – 2 ½ years old, who are ready for preschool, but are not yet potty trained. It serves as a natural bridge between Infant/Toddler and Preschool, and potty training will continue to be worked on. We maintain a maximum child to teacher ratio of 4 to 1 that insures immediate attention of the child’s needs. This developmentally appropriate program consists of lots of play experiences including art, construction, creative movement, circle time, songs, stories and much, much more. Parents provide a kosher style dairy lunch for their child as well as diapers. The class size is limited to 8 so it is a very small class and great for that first preschool experience.
Both teacher and child-initiated activities encourage the child’s natural curiosity and independence. Special preschool enrichment activities such cooking and computer class are provided during the fall and winter sessions.
Parents may choose 9 a.m. – noon Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday or Monday-Friday. This class runs for 19 weeks per session in the fall and winter and 5 weeks per session during the summer.
Our preschool classes are designed for children 2 ½ to 5 years of age (must be toilet trained). The program provides a wide variety of developmental experiences. Daily activities are led by a qualified teacher and an assistant in each group of 16 to 18 children. In our activity centers, decision making, social interaction, imaginative play, perception and fine-motor skills are developed as your child chooses and explore materials according to his or her needs.
Children enjoy weekly music, swim, gym, library, computers, science and cooking. Celebration of Jewish holidays, traditions and values are all part of the curriculum. There also are many unique activities, such as intergenerational programs and visits from storytellers and safety experts. Children have opportunities to play on CDC age-appropriate playgrounds and to explore nature on our outdoor trails.
Preschool also is a time for growing intellectually. Circle time, stories, songs, finger plays and discussions help children develop listening, comprehension, memory and language skills. Hebrew words, songs and arts-and-crafts are introduced. As your child’s skills develop, new experiences are added to help your child grow. Morning snack, afternoon snack, and lunch are provided by us.
Our Kindergarten program is for children who are five years old by December 1st. Children must attend a minimum of five half days (9 a.m. – noon) and may attend half days with lunch (9 a.m. -3:30 p.m.) of full days (7 a.m. – 6 p.m.). The limited class size of our Kindergarten ensures personal attention for each child. Mornings focus on academics. Reading, math, science, phonics and social studies help prepare each child for future school experiences. Enriching subjects, including swim lessons, gym, cooking, computers, Hebrew and art keep the afternoons exciting. Celebration of Jewish holidays, traditions and values are all part of the curriculum. The teacher plans and structures an environment in which each child can progress at his or her own rate with confidence.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the largest organization of early childhood professionals in the United States. As a an independent group of specialists and educators, NAEYC sets child care standards of excellence in the areas of staff qualifications, learning programs, health, safety, classroom environment and children’s activities. This distinguished organization has provided leadership in the early childhood field for over 90,000 members.
NAEYC accreditation process is not an easy one. There are many different aspects of a program that must meet its high standards and it takes months of preparation. Only a small percentage of the centers operating in the United States meet and have the qualifications for the NAEYC accreditation. We are proud to say that The Sarah and Irving Pitt Child Development Center has been NAEYC accredited since 2002. We are one of the only centers in the area to receive this benchmark of quality. If you would like to review a list of accredited centers in your area or if you would like more information on NAEYC you may visit the website at www.naeyc.org.
The Pitt Child Development Center is proud to be an inclusive environment. To support the JCC’s mission of inclusion, the Pitt Child Development Center seeks to accommodate preschool age children with special needs. A set number of openings exist for these children whom would benefit by being accompanied 1:1 by an inclusion assistant so that they may participate in the Pitt Child Development Center pre-school program. Please contact the Special Needs department for further information.