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  • That loving, trusting, and respecting each child makes that child capable of loving, trusting and respecting others.
  • That each child should be guided and encouraged to have a positive self-image.
  • That children need a nurturing, safe and happy environment which promotes their natural curiosity and desire to learn.
  • That play is the work of children and through it children explore the world around them by using their senses.
  • That children deserve to have teachers whose values enable them to be excellent role models.

At the Jewish Early Learning Center of Merrick-Bellmore, we are inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, to provide our young learners with a lifelong quest and LOVE for learning, innovation, and thinking WAY out of the box. We have combined this approach with a high academic curriculum that is taught in a hands-on and creative way. We believe every child is unique, with his/her own interests and learning styles. As such, we give children the opportunity to interact in a meaningful environment where they can construct new ideas, learn to think, reason, question, problem-solve, and experiment, as they discover who they are and the world around them.   A beautiful new facility with warm and experienced teachers make the JELC a place where children learn 21st century skills to help prepare them for their future.