Prospective Preschool Families

A Place For Families

Jewish values are life values and the Bender Early Childhood Center is the place to raise your children rooted in your values. Our wide range of programs grow alongside your children, enriching their sense of self, enabling them to cultivate lifelong friendships, and equipping them for their unique journey in life.

We support and empower families through our diverse and inclusive programming through our Parenting Center and our Grandparents Center, providing opportunities to connect and build community. Everyone is welcome. Everyone belongs.


All Are Welcome

The Bender JCC embraces and welcomes the diversity of our community and encourages everyone to seek meaning and fulfillment by participating in our rich programming inspired by our Jewish heritage.

We open our doors to everyone, including people of all backgrounds, religions, abilities and sexual orientations, and interfaith couples and families.

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Learn More About Our Preschool

Contact the preschool to schedule a tour and learn more about our approach to early childhood education, and the programs we offer for children ages 12 months through 5 years. Email us at

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A play-based curriculum—founded on Emergent Curriculum and inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach—enables children to become active learners and engaged classroom participants, and interest-based topic studies invite students to explore the world around them. Children are encouraged to express themselves through art and music, and Jewish values, customs, and traditions are integrated throughout the curriculum.

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Our staff makes a difference and it is our priority to employ experienced and talented staff members that meet our high standards. We provide ongoing professional development to support our staff as lifelong learners. Our talented and dedicated staff is committed to ensuring each child’s happiness, safety, and growth.

If you were to peek into our classrooms, you might see children involved in a community meeting, dressing up, baking challah, immersed in constructing with LEGOs or blocks, looking at books, creating a train village, playing instruments, making signs, or drawing self-portraits.

Our children are fortunate to have access to the wonderful Bender JCC facility, which includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gymnasium, art and dance studios, walking paths, and the Recreation Station.

With two playgrounds, a growing garden, and an abundance of grassy areas, our children benefit from experiences that enlighten and engage outside the classroom. Each day includes learning opportunities outside our four walls, so a warm pair of snow boots and raingear is a must!