Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in the Becker Early Childhood Center. In a caring and positive atmosphere, we create a warm and stimulating environment for young children to grow and develop.

Our developmentally appropriate curriculum follows the needs of the child at every age. Children are involved in their learning through meaningful play, experimentation, and repetition; and have the opportunity to choose from many different materials and activities. The daily schedules provide a balance between child-directed and teacher-directed activities, quiet and active time, and inside and outside play. The teachers carefully plan activities that stimulate a child's interest and curiosity so that learning and exploring continues into dramatic play and child-directed activities. To enhance socialization and independence, all classes eat lunch at school.

We offer programs based on the child's age. Each classroom has two teachers with the children. For more information about each class level see Class Description.

Baby Break
This program does not require registration or fees. It is open to the community for children 4 months to 2 years of age accompanied by a caregiver.
9:00 – 11:00 am Wednesdays

For Twos and Older:
Gymnastics
JumpBunch

For Threes and Pre-K:
All Aboard Music and Math
Computer
Dance
Yoga

Lunches available for purchase at all age levels.

Class Description

Young Toddlers
For children who are 15 months by September 1.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Monday – Friday, MWF, or TTH
Class size 8 children: 2 teachers

Children must be walking independently upon entering the Young Toddler program. Parents may choose a two-day, three-day, or five-day program.

Children are nurtured and intellectually stimulated in a loving environment. The program helps foster each student's self-worth, confidence, and their desire to explore their environment through hands-on activities. Students are able to interact socially, with adults and their peers. The curriculum promotes children's emerging independence through guided and independent play.

The program begins to instill core Judaic philosophy at an early age. We provide opportunities for young children to explore the traditions and beliefs of the Jewish culture.

Twos
For children who are 2 years of age by September 1
9:00 am – 12:30 pm Monday – Friday, MWF, or TTH
Class size 12 children: 2 teachers
At this age the program emphasizes the continued development of the whole child through positive social opportunities. This is achieved through integrative, child-directed play, while focusing on increasing expressive and listening skills.

Dramatic play, music and art, using a variety of media, are included. Autonomy of the child is encouraged through all the activities of school life. We promote emerging self-reliant skills in areas of hygiene, toileting, and safety in the classroom and on the playground, cleaning up and taking turns. We follow our core Judaic values daily and by celebrating Shabbat in the classroom and in the synagogue each Friday.

Threes
In the Threes program at Becker we continue to create an environment that fosters independence. Social skills are introduced through group and individual play. During the course of the year, teachers in the Threes begin to emphasize early literacy, science, math and culture. This early literacy and child-centered learning continues to be emphasized throughout the Pre-Kindergarten and the Bridge years. Teachers are trained in a professional development program from Rice University's Center of Education that promotes early literacy and childhood development, writing and culture. Concepts and processing in math and science progress with the children.

Pre-K
For children who are 4 years of age by September 1
9:00 am – 12:30 pm Monday – Friday
Class size 15 children: 2 teachers
The Pre-Kindergarten curriculum builds the foundations for reading, math and science.
Classroom readiness strategies for each student are the main focus at this level. An extended circle time is used to help children discuss the calendar, daily news, provide an opportunity to take speaking turns and help increase active listening skills. Writing skills emerge through the use of a writing center and individualized journals. Children gain independence in all areas of the classroom including social skills. Our goal for the Pre-K student is to establish an encouraging and stimulating environment with teachers who are able to respond appropriately to the child's needs.

Bridge to Kindergarten
For children who will benefit from another year of growth before Kindergarten
9:00 am – 2:30 pm Monday-Friday
Class size 5 to 10 children: 1 to 2 teachers
Becker is pleased to offer this exceptional program for children that will benefit from an extra year of growth before entering kindergarten. A small teacher-student ratio provides a supportive and consistent environment with a modified kindergarten approach. This program helps a child develop additional independence, confidence, cooperation, and creative expression in the classroom. These skills are vital for academic and social success.

The day is scheduled to build social skills and strengthen academic readiness with time for play and creative expression. Phonics and whole language techniques are used to prepare children to be successful readers. Math, science and critical thinking skills are incorporated into many activities. Art, music and physical education activities enrich the monthly thematic units.

After Lunch Rest and Play
12:00/12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
This option is offered at all levels. Children nap or participate in activities.

Extended Care
 8:00 am – 5:30pm
This option is available for children enrolled Monday – Friday.

Specialists
The children have music and Arts Alive one day a week. Children in the Three's, Pre-K and Bridge also go to the library at least two times a month to check out books. 
Pre-K and Bridge learn Hebrew with a specialist once a week.
Program options for children enrolled in After Lunch Rest and Play

Music Program
The music program at Becker Early Childhood Center introduces music to the very young child and enhances their preschool learning experiences. The program focuses on both the Jewish holidays and the different themes of each age level. Our classes include singing, instruments, and movement. Weekly topics and themes are expanded upon using song, movements, and imaginary dramatic play. A variety of musical vocabulary is introduced while singing childhood and adult music. While incorporating similar songs at each level, expectation and involvement changes as the children develop.

Arts Alive
Arts Alive! is an integrated arts program for children of all ages and abilities that builds self-esteem, confidence, and creativity through the expressive arts. In 1995, the Becker School brought Arts Alive! to the weekly curriculum. The Arts Alive! Program involves each participant - physically, visually, aurally, and orally. The program was developed to promote self-confidence and cooperation in a non-competitive setting with classes that follow a variety of weekly themes.