Pitt Child Development Center



The JCC's Sarah and Irving Pitt Child Development Center provides curriculum and enrichment-based child 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.

naeyc-pitt-cdc-jcc-metro-detroitThe Pitt Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)--the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children. It has also 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. (For more information, please visit our Awards + Accreditation section). 

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Our Programs

Infants (2-14 months old)

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Our infant program is for children from two to 14 months of age. The program is designed to provide a warm, secure and predictable environment in which each child’s uniqueness and developmental level is appreciated and respected. Parents may choose from two, three or five days of child care per week (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

The children are separated into two rooms: one for younger infants and the other for those 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, which 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 them and the children. 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.

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Toddlers (14 to 30 months old)

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Our 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. Parents may choose from two, three or five days of child care per week (7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

The toddler rooms are separated by age: one for children 14 months to approximately 22 months, and the other for children approximately 22 months to 2 ½ years. Once the child turns 2 ½ he or she will be able to attend our Transition class if they are not potty-trained, or our Preschool if they are potty-trained and if space is 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) once the child has reached the appropriate developmental level.

Enrichment classes are offered for the toddler classes, and include cooking, gym, science, computers and music. 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 at no additional charge.

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

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Our playgroup program is designed for children who are between two and 2 ½ years of age, 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. Playgroup is from 9 a.m. – noon, and parents may choose a two-day (Tuesday and Thursday), three-day (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), or five-day schedule (Monday – Friday). The class runs for 19 weeks per session in the fall and winter, and five weeks per session during the summer.

We maintain a maximum child-to-teacher ratio of 4:1 that ensures 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 more. Both teacher- and child-initiated activities encourage the child’s natural curiosity and independence. Special preschool enrichment activities, such as cooking and computer class, are provided during the fall and winter sessions.

The class size is limited to eight so it is a very small class and a great way to experience the preschool environment. Parents provide a kosher-style dairy lunch for their child as well as diapers. 

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

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Our transition program is designed for children who have reached 2 ½ years of age, 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. Parents may choose from three sessions: 9:00 a.m. to noon (no lunch); 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; or 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Two, three or five days of child care per week are available for each type of session.

We maintain a maximum child-to-teacher ratio of 6:1, which ensures immediate attention to the child’s needs. This developmentally appropriate program consists of lots of play experiences, including art, construction, creative movement, circle time, songs, stories and 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 at no additional charge.

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Preschool (2 ½ to 5 years old)

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Our preschool classes are designed for children who are between 2 ½ and five years of age (must be potty-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 explores materials according to his or her individual needs.

Children enjoy weekly music, swim, gym, library, computer, science and cooking classes. Celebration of Jewish holidays, traditions and values are also part of the curriculum. There are also many unique activities, such as intergenerational programs and visits from storytellers and safety experts. Children have the opportunity to play on age-appropriate playgrounds and to explore nature on our outdoor trails.

Our preschool program is also 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 at no additional charge.

To support the JCC’s mission of inclusion, the Sarah and Irving Pitt Child Development Center seeks to accommodate preschool age children with special needs. A set number of openings exist for these children who would benefit by being accompanied by a dedicated inclusion assistant so that they may participate in our preschool program. For more information, please contact Kelly Guilds: 248.432.5457 | [email protected]

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Kindergarten

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Our Kindergarten program is for children who will be five years old by November 1. 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, fill up the afternoons. Celebration of Jewish holidays, traditions and values are also part of the curriculum. The teacher plans and structures an environment in which each child can progress at his or her own pace with confidence.

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.) or full days (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.). 

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Awards + Accreditation

NAEYC



The JCC's Sarah and Irving Pitt Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)--the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments.

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the Pitt CDC had to go through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the 10 program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria.

In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC--less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, please visit the NAEYC website.

Great Start to Quality

The JCC's Sarah and Irving Pitt Child Development Center 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.

The Oakland Press - "Best of the Best"



The JCC's Sarah and Irving Pitt Child Development Center is honored to have been voted one of the best child care facilities in Oakland County by the readers of The Oakland Press.

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.

Financial Assistance

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

 

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