How early can I enroll my baby in the infant program?
Infants may begin as early as 3 months old. They must be 3 months by Sept 1, 2021 to start the school year with us, although we do accept applications throughout the year. As infants develop, they may transition to the toddler classroom with parental permission. Space is extremely limited in the infant room.
Is there a birthday cutoff date for class placements?
Yes. Children are placed in classrooms according to age. In alignment with public schools, the birthday cutoff Sept 1, 2021 for the infant and toddler programs and October 15 for the twos, threes, fours and transitional kindergarten programs, positioning them to graduate to kindergarten at the appropriate time for their age. No matter their needs, our experienced, professional staff work closely with each child to promote his or her social, emotional and intellectual development.
Age requirements for the 2021-22 school year are as follows:
Infants: 3 months old by 09/01/2021
Toddlers: 12 months old by 09/01/2021
Transitional Twos (September start): Turning 2 between 10/16/2021 – 02/28/2022
Transitional Twos (January start): Turning 2 between 3/1/2021 – 6/30/2022
Twos: 2 years old by 10/15/2021
Threes: 3 years old by 10/15/2021
Fours: 4 years old by 10/15/2021
Transitional Kindergarten: 5 years old by 10/15/2021
What is the enrollment process?
Once you contact us, we will schedule a one-on-one conversation to best understand your needs. We will place your child in the age-appropriate program once an application and registration fee are submitted. All application materials and fees are required in order to process the application.
Is there a waitlist?
We often receive applications from more families than we are able to accommodate. Returning children and siblings are given priority, and new children are placed in classrooms on a first come first serve basis. Those who are not offered a seat are added to a wait list for the age-appropriate program. There is no registration fee required to be added to the wait list. When openings become available, we will contact you by email and phone.
What is the registration fee?
A non-refundable and non-transferable registration fee of $975 is required. Please note that the registration fee does not get applied towards the cost of tuition. All application materials and fees are required in order to process the application.
When is tuition due?
In April 2021, you will be prompted to set up a payment plan for the school year tuition. There will be an option to pay in full or set up monthly installments using a credit card or checking account. The first payment will be due July 2021. For families starting later than the beginning of the school year, the first payment is due 2 months before your start date. All tuition payments must be paid in full by April 2022 for 10 month programs or June 2022 for 12 month programs.
Do I need to be a JCC member to enroll?
All families are required to be Kaplen JCC members to enroll in the Leonard and Syril Rubin Early Childhood Center, which includes wonderful benefits. Membership affords the whole family access to endless enrichment and wellbeing opportunities, including our state-of-the-art fitness center, aquatics center, spa, and more.
New families to the JCC enrolling in full day or extended day programs receive a Kaplen JCC membership as part of their tuition for the first school year, and 50% of their membership fees for the second school year. New families enrolling in any partial day program receive a 50% of their membership fees included in their tuition for the first school year. (Membership is valid from September 2021-August 2022. Fees prorated based on start date and day length).
Are enrichment and extracurricular classes included in the tuition?
Each class enjoys weekly in-school enrichment activities as part of their tuition. In addition, families may choose to enroll in more extracurricular classes for an additional fee per class. Teachers change their clothes (as needed) children are escorted by a staff member to and from their extracurricular classes. If you are enrolling in an extended day program at the Leonard and Syril Rubin Early Childhood Center, we will include one extracurricular class of your choice for free in your tuition! Note that only extracurricular programs after 3:30 pm are available for extended day students.
What is your cancelation policy?
We want you to feel comfortable and safe at our ECC. You have the option to withdraw your child from the program at any time.
Should you decide to withdraw your child voluntarily prior to June 30, 2021, the registration fee will not be refunded.
Should you decide to withdraw your child voluntarily between July 1, 2021 and September 8, 2021 (or your initial start date in case of a later start), any tuition payments made will be credited/refunded. The registration fee will not be refunded.
Should you decide to withdraw your child voluntarily after September 9, 2021 (or your initial start date in case of a later start) our policy requires a 30-day written notice. You will be required to pay the tuition for the 30 days of notice and the registration fee will not be refunded.
Is Financial assistance available?
Yes, need-based financial assistance is available. The deadline to apply is May 3 for the following school year, and the second deadline is June 1. Please contact us at 201.408.1436 or firstname.lastname@example.org for application.
We are also part of the Jewish Right Start Program through the Jewish Federation of Northern, NJ, which grants scholarships for children already registered. Read about eligibility requirements and apply now.
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