Early Childhood Academy

Information: Early Childhood Director – Jenny Tettner-Gugig – x155 jennyt@marjcc.org

Our Mission: The MARJCC’s Early Childhood Academy (ECA) is a learning community devoted to providing a stimulating environment that promotes the development and meaningful relationships under the umbrella of Jewish values, our connection to Israel, and our rich cultural heritage (through pre-Shabbat and holiday classroom/school-wide programs). We work together with families to facilitate children’s development as critical thinkers, problem-solvers, citizens, and active members of our community. Respect, cooperation, empathy, tolerance, and creativity are values that sustain our daily work with children and families. We have also integrated Sheva, established by the Jewish Community Association for early childhood education, which embraces seven core elements of child development:

•Children as Constructivist Learners
•Directors as Visionaries
•Educators as Professionals
•Families as Engaged Partners
•Environments as Inspiration for Inquiry
•Discover CATCH as Sh’mirat HaGuf (taking care of our bodies)
•Israel as the Story of the Jewish People


Jenny Tettner-Gugig, Early Childhood Director
• Jenny has a Master’s in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University
•Jenny has been involved in the field of education since 1998, including serving as a PreK and VPK state certified teacher in South Florida, from 2004-2011.

Shirley Jacobs, ECD Administrative Assistant
• Shirley has been with the Early Childhood Development Department for 30 years.

Patricia Rutenberg, Assistant to the Director
• Patricia earned her degree as a Professor of Physical Education from ISA 2000 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has worked in the education for more than three decades and joined the MARJCC Early Childhood Education Center in 2010. Patricia is always happy to help everybody, and does it with a smile!

(Ages 2 months – 2 years) A year-round program that offers a safe environment where you can leave your child with complete confidence and peace-of-mind. Children are grouped by age and enjoy music and movement, finger play, and playground time. Toddlers also participate in art, physical education, and Israeli dance classes. Appropriate challenges are built into activities to encourage each child’s developmental, cognitive, and social growth using the model of the Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers.
(Ages 2 – 2 1/2 years) A year-round program that incorporates music, movement, social interaction, and playground fun into the basic components of early learning. Classrooms are center-based with language development activities, small and gross motor activity centers, and cognitive growth activities. These activities are blended together to offer toddlers the opportunity to learn and grow in a stimulating and safe environment using the model of the Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers. Included in the curriculum are music, Israeli dance, and physical education – all conducted by program specialists.
Children learn math, science, writing, reading, art, manipulatives, library, language, and life skills using the model of the Creative Curriculum for Preschool. Outside playtime provides gross motor development in the Jordan Savage Playground and the Marlene Haime De Finvarb Playground. Jewish holiday celebrations, Shabbat programming, mitzvot, and Jewish culture are integrated into the program. Weekly activities include music, physical education, ”Rikudim” (Israeli dance), and art. We are also providers for the VPK Program.

The VPK program is for 4-year-olds. Daily, children experience three (3) hours of VPK-approved academic instruction, as well as enrichment, and other classes. Enrichment classes include music, art, physical education, yoga, swimming, “Rikudim” (Israeli dance” (all conducted by program specialists), as well as Shabbat and Jewish holiday celebrations.

This year, FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment has been engaged to conduct the financial need analysis for the Michael-Ann Russell JCC-Early Childhood Center. Families applying for financial aid will need to complete an online application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessmentno later than March 2019.

Please apply online by clicking the FACTS link at: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4LK6R

Once an online application has been completed, the following information will need to be uploaded in PDF format online to complete the application process:

1. Copies of your 2017 Federal tax forms, including all supporting tax schedules.
2. Copies of your 2018 W-2 forms for both you and your spouse.
3. Copies of a detailed Business Income Statement and Business Balance Sheet.
4. Copies of the most recent bank statements.
5. Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF.

Documentation can also be faxed to 866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below. Please be sure to include the applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence.

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment
P.O. Box 82524
Lincoln, NE68501-2524

As part of this process, FACTS requires a non-refundable payment of $30 to open an online account.

Please note that scholarship funds are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Once a final review process is completed, the MARJCC will advise you of the award recommendation.

If you have questions or concerns about the application process, you may speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 866-441-4637.


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