"I love bringing my daughter to the JCC in the morning, because I know she is in a warm, creative and nurturing environment with teachers and staff who really care about her as both a student and a person. The mix of free play time with lots of fun activities available, outdoor play, field trips, plus the structured lessons in reading, writing, science, music, math and art keep her interested and learning every day. She has made lots of wonderful friends at the JCC, and our teachers work extra hard to ensure that the children learn to interact positively and to work out their differences in a kind and gentle manner. The parent involvement is wonderful, and the flexibility makes it pretty much an ideal situation. I love the JCC so much, I often want to stay and hang out the whole day! The JCC is a perfect fit for our family!"
"Wonderful preschool! Very flexible. Very creative. We’re devout Protestants, but we love it! Enough structure but with enough playtime. Give it my highest recommendation."
"What a wonderful experience! . . . The student teacher ratio allowed plenty of one on one experiences and enough freedom to do as the child desires while also learning in a group setting throughout the day. The flexible scheduling can’t be beat and my now kindergartner has had no problems adjusting to the full day of school after full days at the JCC."
"Both of my sons attended the JCCNS . . . It was a great mix of structured educational time, creative play and art, free time inside and outside and field trips. The flexible schedule fit our needs perfectly. When I had something to do on a day they did not usually attend, I would sign them up for a “drop-in” session for a reasonable cost. The boys loved the way they celebrated so many holidays. The school had parties for both Passover and Easter with another preschool within walking distance. I can’t say enough good things about this warm and very personal school."
"Our favorite aspects of the school are the caring, fun, teachers, the outdoor playground including swings, slides, cars/big wheels, and a playhouse, and the balance of play and academics. The small class sizes allow the teachers to customize the schedule to the interests and abilities of the children. We like that the children spend lots of time outdoors! The drop-in program has been immensely helpful for us. We love this school!"
"The JCC has been a loving, welcoming preschool for my son and I heartily recommend it. The teachers are attentive, creative, and good at connecting with children and parents alike. As a parent-run preschool, this program fills an important niche in the State College community by providing excellent, age-appropriate care for kids while also giving parents opportunities for involvement and even leadership. Also, there is a lot of flexibility built into the schedule, so parents can drop off a child for a few hours here and there at a very reasonable cost."