The JCC Block and Dreeben School for Young Children, providing care and education for children ages 6 weeks-4 years old, is the only Jewish NAEYC-accredited program in San Antonio. Our purpose of education at the JCC’s Block and Dreeben School for Young Children is to develop young children’s minds, bodies and emotions, and to produce individuals who are self-directed, lifelong learners.
The Environment of the Block and Dreeben School
Each day we provide a supportive, nurturing environment which promotes the emotional, social, physical, cognitive, and spiritual development of young children. Our program offers a child-centered curriculum which is based on children’s interests while promoting academic development. We are inspired by the values and philosophy of the early childhood programs of Reggio Emilia, Italy where the child is seen as a capable and competent learner and the environment is filled with beautiful natural materials which stimulate learning. We provide hands-on-experiences which promote creativity, discovery, exploration, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
Each classroom serves as a laboratory for a growing child’s experiments in the mastery of new skills. Our program encourages active exploration of the environment, from the youngest child learning how to crawl across an open floor space to the oldest investigating the physics and chemistry of the world around him. We promote curiosity, individual interests, creativity, problem-solving, literacy, and the development of self-esteem through play, the vehicle by which children learn and develop.
The Block and Dreeben School for Young Children is proud and excited to announce our participation in Sheva, an early childhood learning framework shaped by the latest brain and child development research. In Hebrew, Sheva means ‘seven’, and titling the program Sheva is a nod to the significance this number has in Jewish tradition. An initiative of the Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA), Sheva is comprised of seven core principles that work together to encourage participation of all members of the early childhood program—the director, the teachers, the children, and the families.
Seven Core Principles of the Sheva Program
Although you do not have to be Jewish to enroll in our program, membership to the JCC in a Family Category is required.
For information about registering your child(ren), please call the main phone number listed below.