Glen Greenstein Earlychildhood Development Center at Alper JCC

11155 Southwest 112th Avenue Miami, FL 33176

11155 Southwest 112th Avenue Miami, FL 33176

  • FL DCF

    License no. C11MD0537

  • State quality rated

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  • Accreditations

    APPLE

About the school

Glen Greenstein Early Childhood Development Center at Alper JCC (GGECD) provides full-time and part-time programs for infants through age five, including VPK. The facility is open 7:30 am to 6:00 pm and offers extended day programs. This APPLE accredited, Gold Seal, FACCM member serves families in the Miami and Kendall communities. The 23-acre Alper JCC campus features walking paths, a lake, “two large, lushly landscaped, age-appropriate playgrounds” and a covered patio play area. GGECD describes itself as “a constructivist progressive school - which means we are constantly evolving, constructing our own school philosophy and curriculum out of progressive philosophies.” The leadership prides itself on creating a “warm and caring environment.”

Educational philosophy and administration

GGECD implements the HighScope Curriculum, a nationally-recognized program that offers lesson plans and assessments tailored to each age group. The infant-toddler program addresses all areas of development, including social-emotional, physical, cognitive and creative. The classrooms for children three and up are “divided into interest areas filled with real life meaningful materials designed for specific types of play. These include a house area, art area, block area, small toy area, computer area and a reading and writing area.” GGECD integrates Judaic components into its curriculum and offers enrichment programs including Shabbat, music, swimming lessons, yoga, fun bus, ballet, soccer, basketball and Spanish. Early Childhood Director Sandra Blasberg-Imar leads the staff at GGECD. Sandra holds a Master’s degree, brings extensive early childhood experience and has implemented a child-centered developmental approach since taking over in 2016. Parents appreciate the care that teachers and staff put into their work. One comments, “Their early education child center is amazing, my son is blossoming in their program.”

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Amenities

  • Walking path
  • Outdoor play area
  • Shaded outdoor area
  • Walking path
  • Outdoor play area
  • Shaded outdoor area

Enrichment Programs

  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Dance
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Spanish
  • Music
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Dance
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Spanish
  • Music

Accreditations

  • Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment

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