Think of young children in your life and imagine what they might become one day- doctor, teacher, astronaut, father, engineer, homemaker, farmer, mother. The world is open to each child, and we believe that at the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre, we hold the keys to opening the doors of learning and growth for children.
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Mission and History
The Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre began in 1969 with just two classes and has been growing ever since. Through the years we have instituted such programs as extended hours, Judaic Enrichment, an extensive art and music program along with a mommy and me program, 2, 3, 4 and 5 day nursery school classes (mornings or all day) in order to meet the needs of the community. Today the nursery school nurtures approximately 175 children ranging in ages from ten months to five years old.
The HERJC Pre-School creates a happy, healthy environment where young children can grow and develop socially, emotionally and cognitively and physically. We have dedicated many years to develop a child directed program where play is the medium for learning.
At the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre Nursery School we believe in the emotional and social growth and well-being of every child. Before one can be a good citizen of the world, one must learn to be a good citizen of the classroom and of the school. This involves learning to share, to empathize, and to be a part of a community.
We believe that, with appropriate encouragement, every child can become a confident learner. Children learn best when they are relaxed and feel safe. When school is fun and set up for success, each child can feel comfortable enough to investigate and take risks. Through hands on, interactive experiences, children will learn to love learning and make the necessary developmental leaps.
We believe that a child learns best in an atmosphere of tolerance and diversity. We hold to the guiding principle of Klal Yisrael -- Jewish Unity. We strive to enable parents and children to learn to get along with people who are different from themselves or who have different ideas. From classroom rules to school-wide mitzvah projects, we teach that all people are deserving of respect and kindness. With the knowledge they gain here, it is our goal to help each child and family participate in tikkun olam, the healing of the world.
The goals of the nursery school are happy, healthy children eagerly asking questions, seeking answers, and looking forward to the next step up the educational ladder.
HERJC is fully licensed by the Office of Children and Family Services and the State of New York (OCFS) and accredited by the voluntary registration of non-public schools through the State University of New York. The Hewlett East Rockaway Jewish Centre Nursery School is supervised by a Congregational Board of Education of which there are two co-presidents and fourteen members.