Q: I am not a member of your synagogue. Can I still enroll my child in your program?
A: Absolutely. Although we give priority class placement to synagogue members first, we welcome non-members to our program at all age levels.
Q: My family is not Jewish, can we still send our child to your program?
A: Absolutely. PBJC Nursery welcomes families of all faiths.
Q: What are your school hours?
A: We are open 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday in the Giggle Zone and from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 pm.
Q: What kind of curriculum does your program offer?
A: Our curriculum is designed to encourage children to become independent, self-confident, and inquisitive learners through active play. Every child is an individual who learns at his/her own pace. Our curriculum is developed to expose each child to various experiences. In addition, our curriculum builds from year to year, providing your child with continuity and a strong knowledge base during his/her years at PBJC Nursery. Concepts and skills are introduced, which are appropriate to each child’s own learning priorities and pacing. Age-appropriate hands-on activities are planned according to a calendar of themes, which provide children with meaningful learning experiences. On all age levels, there is an emphasis on seasonal holidays and celebrations, as well as thematic programming on a variety of subjects, including but not limited to the alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes.
Q: How old does my child need to be to enroll in your program?
A: We offer preschool classes for children ages 18 months – 5 years old. PBJC Nursery follows the Montville Township School District age cutoff of October 1st. This means 2 by October 1st, 3 by October 1st and 4 by October 1st.
Q: How many children are in each class and what is the student/teacher ratio?
A: We allow for a maximum of 12 children in each of our 2’s class, a maximum of 14 children in each of our 3’s classes and a maximum of 16 children in each of our 4’s classes. There is a lead teacher and assistant in each classroom.
Q: Does my child need to be potty trained to enroll in your program?
A: We accept children in the 2 year old class in diapers, however, while we do not require it, we strongly encourage all children to be toilet trained by the time they enter the 3 year old program. Please note that our staff will not potty train your child – this is the responsibility of the parent. The staff, however, will in fact support and reinforce what is being taught at home.
Q: What time does morning drop off begin?
A: For children enrolled in our full-time Giggle Zone morning care program, our doors open at 7:30 a.m. The remainder of the students arrive between 9:00 and 9:15 a.m. We have a drop-off service at the main entrance from 9:00-9:15 a.m. We encourage all children to utilize this service Please pull your car up past the front steps, stop your car, turn it off, and unbuckle your child from his/her car seat. There are staff members, as well as the Director, waiting outside to assist your children into the school. Parents who wish to park and walk their child inside should do so between 9:00 and 9:15 a.m.
Q: Who provides lunch?
A: We are a dairy school only (no meat or shellfish permitted). We offer an optional daily lunch program for an additional fee. Our lunch program is completely parent-run!
Q: What are the payment options?
A: You have two options – 1.) you may pay in full in August and receive a 2.5% discount 2.) you may pay quarterly – a bill will be sent to you each quarter. We ask that you pay your tuition promptly either by check or credit card.
Q: Do you offer a summer program?
A: Yes, we offer an on-site, eight week summer camp program.