Limited spaces are available for the 2024-2025 School Year.

Limited Spaces Are Available For The 2024-2025 School Year.

Early Childhood Academy

Preschool is a time for your little one to fall in love with education.
Our nurturing Early Childhood Academy offers, in addition to a full academic curriculum, a stimulating learning environment, engaging music, swimming, and Israeli dance programs, as well as deep integration of Jewish values and traditions. ECA is the perfect place for children to learn, grow, enhance their skill levels, develop a healthy self-esteem, and form close relationships with their teachers and classmates.

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Early Childhood Academy 


Infant, Toddler, Pre-K2

Monday–Thursday 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Pre-K3, Pre-K4, Kindergarten

Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m.–3:15 p.m.


Extended Hours

Monday–Thursday  3:15 p.m.5:30 p.m.

Friday 3:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m.


Infant, Toddler

Monday–Thursday  8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Pre-K 2, Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4, Kindergarten

Monday–Friday  8:00 a.m.–3:15 p.m.

Extended Hours

Monday–Thursday 3:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Friday 3:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m.



My name is Romina Naparstek, and I have been a Jewish educator for more than twenty years. I began my Jewish journey in Argentina as a student at Tarbut and spent many years enjoying the JCC Hacoaj. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Florida International University, a master’s degree in Jewish Education from Gratz College, and participated in the renowned “Project Zero: Visible Thinking” at Harvard University.


I began my early childhood teaching career at the Cuban Hebrew Montessori on Miami Beach as an Assistant Teacher. I grew through the ranks to Lead Teacher and eventually, upon completing certification requirements, became the Assistant Director at the school. I served as Lead Teacher at our ECA summer camp program and Youth Director for the J’s Hebraica department. I also served as FIU Hillel’s Young Adults Division Director and was credited for increasing the program’s on-campus participation by more than 400. I was nationally recognized by the Jewish Community Centers of North America with a scholarship that allowed me to complete my Master’s degree and our Greater Miami Jewish Federation as Volunteer of the Year for founding Limmud Miami—a Jewish learning conference that celebrates Judaism in all forms.


I earned my Associate’s degree in Baking & Pastry and have spent the past five years developing my passion project- a Jewish cooking curriculum working with JCCs, synagogues, religious schools, and museums. I am thrilled to have my two children enrolled in our ECA program.


The Early Childhood Academy is the entry point to all the wonderful activities the MARJCC offers children of all ages. I hope you choose to learn more about us and become part of the MARJCC family!

Our School is Located on the Beautiful MARJCC Campus
Our programs offer unparalleled facilities and an array of dynamic activities to foster your child’s development.

A Deep Integration of Jewish Values and Traditions

Your child’s education includes a deep integration of Jewish values and traditions, including celebrating Jewish holidays, learning Jewish culture, and introducing Hebrew words as new vocabulary.

Enrichment Classes You Can Only Find at the MARJCC!

Music, swimming, and Israeli Dance enrichment classes are included as part of our curriculum, at no additional charge.

Available Programs


We offer a full-time program for infants through Pre-K 4 and invite you to tour our facility and explore our “school of excellence”
We offer family and child-focused programs and enrichment activities.


We would want to remind everyone that each of us must adhere to the established protocols to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.  We love seeing you at the J, but please stay home and monitor symptoms for 14 days:

  • if you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, or
  • if you have come into direct contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or
  • if anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or
  • if anyone in your household has come into direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

Thank you in advance for your support.