Blossom at JCC’s Early Childhood and Special Needs programs

Blossom at JCC’s Early Childhood and Special Needs programs

Early Childhood Development Center

Our children foster a relationship with either our significant other or ourselves, the same way our job keeps us in a relationship with our boss and coworkers. The ultimate goal is to build the staircase for our children to learn and climb so they can ultimately be healthy and successful.

When they grow up, they repeat the process for their children, who will do the same for their children. This starts at birth and blossoms as they excite you with their first words and motor skills.

The Early Childhood Development Center at the Alper JCC specializes in facilitating your child’s development. The school is grouped by two month through two years and three years through five years. Activities are matched to the children’s natural curiosity and allow for exploration and variation.

In other words, kids there aren’t asked to perform in a single “right way”, but rather the way that helps them learn best. Taking action as a parent also plays a role at ECD, as there are many opportunities for the involvement of parents as partners in the program.

Pre-school registration is open; visit our website for registration forms and more information. Contact the ECD at 305-271-9000, ext. 301, or email

Also at the Alper JCC, the Special Needs Program offers a fun, stimulating and dynamic program for children, teens and adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities.

Home to the Clayton Feig and Jerusalem Club for Special Needs teens and young adults and the Inclusion Program, our very close student-to-teacher ratio makes the program unique due to its size and exclusivity. The goal is to instill confidence, develop social and life skills, increase attention span, and improve fine and gross motor abilities. The program also includes all of the fun seasonal camps, indoor and outdoor games, swimming, cooking, field trips and more.

Blossom at JCC’s Early Childhood and Special Needs programs

Jerusalem Club for Special Needs Teens

Next week, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, will be a beneficial presentation to those looking for better organization or just a little enlightenment on the challenges in planning a secure future for their loved ones who may not be capable of planning for themselves.

Guest speaker Alexander Gil, associate attorney at the Elias Law Firm, will educate visitors on how to maximize their family’s wealth by preserving the ability to provide additional financial support without having to sacrifice the receipt of available government benefits. The presentation also will include discussion on topics such as the achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. Gil’s practice includes advising clients with respect to special needs trusts, structured settlements and long term care.

Save the date for the 19th annual Special Needs fundraiser Good Vibrations — Tribute to the Beach Boys on Saturday, May 2. A silent auction and cocktail reception is set for 7 p.m., followed by The Unexpected Surfer Boys performing the timeless songs of the Beach Boys.

The evening will wind down with a gourmet dessert reception. All proceeds go to support the Special Needs Program. For more information, sponsorship opportunities and silent auction donations, contact event coordinator Marsha Botkin at 305-271-9000, ext. 272, or

For more on the Special Needs program, contact the special needs office at 305-271-9000, x273 or

Lastly, visit our website or stop on by at 11155 S.W. 112th Avenue to take a tour of our campus.

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