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Miriam Pedler, Early Childhood Director
845-362-4400 ext. 103

Susan Wasser, Early Childhood Administrator & Camp Registrar
845-362-4400 ext. 110


Early Childhood Photo BannerThe Deborah Koenig Early Childhood Center (DKECC) is the ideal place for you and your child to start your lives together - learning, playing, and laughing. The center provides programming for parents and children from birth through five years of age throughout the year, including:

  • Free programs like La Leche Breastfeeding Workshops, parent-hosted Play Dates, & Story Times at the J invite you and your child to meet other parents and kids while enjoying music, play time, and more.

  • Pre Nursery programs like On My Own and Breaking Away help our children gain independence in a safe and nurturing environment.

  • Parent-child and “kids only” enrichment classes like Petite Picassos, Ballet & Tap Combo, Calendar Chefs, and Little Gymnasts will help your little one develop cognitively and socially in a fun and engaging environment.

  • Family Jewish holiday workshops and Shabbat celebrations invite you to connect and celebrate the Jewish life cycle.

  • Educational seminars provide parents with the knowledge and skills to more effectively manage the ups and downs of parenting.

  • Camp J-Land and Kritter Kamp, which provide a quality, enriching summer experience for little ones eager to flex their independence.

  • Mini Sports classes, offered through the JCC’s Sports Department.

  • Seasonal special events, like the Koenig Family Chanukah Concert, Purim Carnival, Winter Music Concert Series, and more.

Our teachers and specialists combine early childhood experience with creativity and passion to provide the perfect environment for your child to learn and grow. The Deborah Koenig Early Childhood Center is all about happy beginnings for you and your family.

About Deborah Koenig
Think of laughter. Think of children. Think of love, and you may get a glimpse of who Debbie Koenig was. Debbie’s passion and her desire to live life to its fullest are flames that will continue to live on through all the children at the Deborah Koenig Early Childhood Center.

The Lewis Family Playground
JCC Rockland members are invited to enjoy free open play time on the Lewis Family Outdoor Playground. Click here for our playground hours and rules.

Birthday Parties
Let us make your child’s birthday dreams come true. The JCC can host a variety of themed parties perfect for your child’s special day. For information and rates, contact Susan Wasser at 845-362-4400 ext. 110 or

All Sorts of Sports - 3 & 4 years olds
Sundays, March 30, April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 2014
Join us on Sundays with your 3 or 4 year old for some sports fun. Introduce your child to an array of different sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball, and flag football. Participants will learn each sport through easy and fun drills. Parent involvement is required. Includes: T-Shirt.

Babywearing Group
Mondays, February 24, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, 2014
Join other babywearing parents in an open environment for discussion and support. Learn about new techniques and share your own. Infants welcome and encouraged!

Breaking Away - 18-24 months with adult
Mondays, September 23 - January 27, 2014
Is your child ready to flex a little independence? Parents and tots begin the session together: finger painting, singing songs, reading books, and exploring our wee tot room with loving JCC staff (weeks 1-6). Through a transitional period, parents begin to leave tots alone with staff (7-10 weeks), until a successful separation is achieved (11-14 weeks).

Jr. Mini Soccer
Sundays, March 30 - May 18, 2014
Join us on Sundays with your 2 year old for some soccer fun and introduce your child to the fundamentals of the game through easy and fun drills. Parent involvement is required. Includes: T-shirt and medal.

La Leche League:  All You Ever Wanted to Know About Breast Feeding
Mondays, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, 2014
Let La Leche League give you up-to-date information on nursing: benefits, new beginnings, overcoming breast feeding obstacles, and weaning. Be sure to stay for Story Time at the J. Includes: T-Shirt.

Mini Baseball 3 & 4 Years
Sundays, February 2 - March 23, 2014
Join us on Sundays with your 3 or 4 year old for some baseball fun! Your child will be introduced to the fundamentals of baseball including hitting, catching and throwing through easy and fun drills. Parent involvement is required. Includes T-shirt and medal.

On My Own
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, February 4 - June 12,  2014
Children explore their world through touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing. Program is influenced by the themes of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment. Arts and crafts, circle time, music, nature, science, and stimulating centers facilitate the your child's understanding of their world. Activities based on the child's interests. Children will develop auditory and expressive language skills, fine and gross motor skills, and enhance their social and emotional competencies. Pre-requisite: successful participation in separation program. JCC $250 membership required.
No class February 17 - 21

Play at the J - Birth to 3 years
Thursdays and Sundays, February 9 - June 8, 2014 and February 13 - June 12, 2014
Bring your young child to run, jump and bounce in the safety of our state of the art Kantrowitz Kids' Gym! Schmooze with other parents have fun and relax! Open to JCC Members Only.

Shalom Yoga Walking Steady - 3 Years
Thursdays, February 13 - April 24
Is an innovative yoga program developed to enrich the Jewish learning experience of children in a variety of educational and recreational settings. It is a fun, creative, multisensory approach that incorporates traditional and modified yoga poses, music, literature, props and games, providing an experimental format to explore Judaism in a unique way.

Spring Pre-K Soccer Ages 4 - 5
Sundays, March 30, April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 2014
This program is a nice complement to our Mini Soccer program for girls and boys entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2014. Your child can apply their knowledge of the fundamentals of soccer to team play, with a focus on working together and having fun. Practices one day a week, with games on Sunday afternoons at the JCC. Coaches are needed, so if you are interested in coaching please let us know. Includes t-Shirt.

Tiny Chefs Ages 3 - 5
Tuesdays, February 25 - May 6, 2014
Chef Brian Holbach of Rockland Roots Food truck brings his unique blend of healthy and delicious cooking for kids with fruits and veggies locally sourced from farms in the Hudson Valley. Kids will be exposed to yummy treats that their parents will love to help them recreate at home!
No classes Tuesday, April 15, 22