Julie Wiener’s excellent article “Jewish Child Care Model Poised for Growth Spurt” (March 28) describes one creative model between a synagogue and Bright Horizons.
She adds that the Kehilla program at Temple Israel of New Rochelle is “one of just a handful of Jewish child care programs in the New York area — indeed, in the entire country — offering year-round, full-time care for infants as well as preschool-age children.”
There is another very successful model that Jewish Child Care Association has been operating since 1952. It is one of the best-kept secrets for young Jewish families. JCCA’s
Family Child Care program offers full-time, quality and licensed child care in a Jewish setting to residents in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island We provide very affordable, high-quality, nurturing care and subsidies for eligible working parents. Unlike the synagogue partnership model, JCCA’s child care is offered in homes, where 123 providers, monitored by JCCA staff, care for small groups of children (from 6 weeks old to 5 years old).
Our providers are trained in health and safety, child development and in offering developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities. We also feature cultural sensitivity for specific ethnic groups. For example, in the tight-knit communities of Russian, Bukharian and Orthodox homes, JCCA ensures that the child care needs, religious, cultural and linguistic choices are met. And, for those families who are not affiliated, our enriched Jewish content such as creative curriculum and special holiday celebrations as well as celebration of Shabbat are especially meaningful. The program is also open to women who are interested in becoming providers.
Vice President for Services in the Jewish Community Jewish Child Care Association Rego Park, Queens
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