Early Childhood

The Sarah and Irving Pitt Child Development Center at the JCC provides care for infant, toddler and transition age groups in a warm and nurturing environment and also offers preschool and kindergarten programming with flexible scheduling. 

We welcome everyone to participate in our programs regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, ability or financial status.

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Our Programs

Infants (2-14 months old)

Toddlers (14 to 30 months old)

Playgroup (2-2 ½ years old, ready for preschool, not yet potty-trained)

Transition (at least 2 ½ years old, ready for preschool, not yet potty-trained)

Preschool (2 ½ to 5 years old)


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Mission & Philosophy

The mission of the JCC’s Child Development 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.

We believe that each child is unique and develops at his or her own pace. Our school environment is one that is rich in activities and filled with time for individual pursuits. Led by a warm and nurturing staff, this atmosphere enables a child to develop trust in adults, foster social relationships with other children, and lay the foundation for cognitive development.

We strive to enhance each child’s growth from infancy through kindergarten in all areas of development—social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive. In addition, the Jewish orientation of our program helps the child develop pride in his or her Jewish identity.

The strength of the Child Development Center stems from the excellent relationships that we have with our participating families. Our program is readily adaptable for those families with a variety of scheduling needs.

Discover: CATCH

The JCC's Pitt Child Development Center is a proud participant of Discover: CATCH, the JCC Association of North America's total wellness initiative that incorporates the nationally recognized CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) Program through a Jewish lens. Discover: CATCH provides an environment where physical activity, health education, gardening and healthy eating behaviors are valued and taught, and gives parents the necessary tools to further the positive teaching at home. Little ones are motivated to walk, run, jump, dance and move their whole bodies while playing and having fun!

Discover: CATCH is also being implemented in all children's programming at the JCC of Metro Detroit, including at Shalom Street and JCC Day Camps.

Great Start to Quality

We are proud to say that the Sarah and Irving Pitt Child Development Center at the JCC has achieved a 4-star rating from the statewide program, Great Start to Quality. Programs participating in Great Start to Quality go above and beyond Michigan’s licensing requirements, including providing smaller teacher-to-child ratios than required by state licensing rules and implementing higher education standards and professional development of staff.

Great Start focuses on five categories to rate child care and preschool programs: Staff qualifications and professional development; family and community partnership; administration and management; environment and curriculum; and instructions. A 4-star program demonstrates high quality across almost all categories of programs. Using these indicators ensures that Michigan’s youngest children have high quality early learning experiences.

Great Start to Quality helps parents find the best child care and preschool for their child, and helps providers improve the care and education they give to children. Please click here for more information about this program.

Financial Assistance

To be considered for financial assistance, please complete the Financial Aid Application.


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