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Miriam Pedler, Early Childhood Director
845-362-4400 ext. 103
miriamp@jccrockland.org

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

 

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 susanw@jccrockland.org.

Babywearing Group
Mondays, September 15 - December 15, 2014
10:00am - Noon

Join other babywearing parents in an open environment for discussion and support. Learn about new techniques and share your own. Infants welcome and encouraged! Third Monday of each month. Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15
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Bambini (0 - 3 years)
Tuesdays, October 21 - December 23, 2014
10:00 - 10:45am

Let the journey to an active, healthy life begin! Designed to let adults and their little ones 0 to 3 years old wiggle, sing and learn together, similar to Zumbini, Bambini brings together child development and dance for the ultimate bonding experience! Classes feature cool music packed with world rhythms and catchy kid-friendly tunes.
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Fall Mini Soccer
Sundays, October 5 - November 2, 2014
3 Year Old 9:00am Class
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3 Year old 10:00am Class - Register
4 Year old 11:00am Class - Register
Come play Sundays at the J for soccer fun and introduction to the fundamentals of the game through easy and fun drills. Parent involvement is required. Fee includes t-shirt. Dates: Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 and Nov 2

Grownup Playgroup FREE
Fridays, October 24 - December 26, 2014
10:00 - 11:00am

This free "playgroup" gives moms, dads and other caregivers of very young children a little of what they can really use: snacks, advice and a chance to get out of the house to hang out with others! Speakers such as nutritionists, specialists in infant massage and other parenting gurus will visit regularly and relevant topics will be addressed weekly due to space limitations, registration is required.
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La Leche League:  All You Ever Wanted to Know About Breast Feeding (FREE)
10:00am - Noon
October 6, 2014 - Register
November 3, 2014
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December 1, 2014
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Let La Leche League give you up-to-date information on nursing: benefits, new beginnings, overcoming breast feeding obstacles, and weaning.

Laptime Storytime
Monday, October 20 - November 24, 2014
10:00 - 10:45am

Infants (and a caregiver) are invited for weekly lap stories, songs and fun. As an educator and a mother, Nichole knows the power of a good book, opening the door to a lifetime love of reading. Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24
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Mini Basketball
Sundays, November 16 - December 21, 2014
3 Year Old 9:00am Class
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3 Year old 10:00am Class - Register
4 Year old 11:00am Class - Register
Spend Sundays at the J for some basketball fun and introduction to the fundamentals of the game including dribbling, shooting and passing, through easy and fun drills. Parent involvement is required. Fee include t-shirt. Dates: Nov 16, 23 and Dec 7, 14, 21

Mini Monets (3-5 years)
Thursdays, October 23 - January 15,  2015
3:30 - 4:15pm

Mini Monets gleefully create their own masterpieces using a wide range of high quality art materials. Children develop important school readiness skills such as fine motor skills, ability to listen and follow directions, cognitive skills, language and more in an enchanting environment that develops individual creativity. No class Nov 27, Dec 25, Jan 1.
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Shalom Yoga Walking Steady - 3 Years
Thursdays, October 23 - January 15, 2015
10:00 - 10:45am

This, innovative yoga program is designed to enrich the jewish learning experience of children in a variety of educational and recreational settings. It is fun, creative, multisensory approach that incorporates traditional and modified yoga poses, music, literature, props and games, providing an experience formal to explore Judaism in a unique way. No class Nov 27, Dec 25, Jan 1
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Tiny Tots Ballet
Mondays, September 15 - November 24, 2014
3:45 - 4:15pm

An introduction to pre-ballet for young dancers by Debi Klein of Debi's Dance. Students will learn some of the basic techniques at the barre and across the floor. Dress requirements: pink ballet shoes, tights and leotard. No class Jan 19, Feb 2, 16
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Tumble Time
3:45 - 4:30pm
Wednesday, October 1 - December 10, 2014
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10:00 - 10:45am
Sunday, October 5 - December 14, 2014
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11:00 - 11:45am
Sunday, October 5 - December 14, 2014
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This comprehensive gymnastics class offers small group and individual instruction that promotes a healthy lifestyle through fun exercise, Children will develop key physical and social skills such as balance, flexibility, coordination, speed, strength, patience and self-esteem. No class Oct 8, Nov 30.