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UPK at MCC is an inspired, responsive and progressive Pre-K program built on a few simple principles: All children are competent, capable and curious. All families have something to contribute. We are stronger together. Our teachers create safe, joyful and nurturing learning environments that foster inquiry, exploration and reflection, and work collaboratively with children to co-construct a curriculum that draws inspiration from children’s interests and the world around us. Families are our partners, joining together with children and teachers to create a seamless connection between home and school.

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will open in early February 2019. All children born in 2015 are invited to apply, regardless of household income. Please contact Louis Hamlyn-Harris, Director of UPK at MCC, at 646 395 4253 or UPK@mannycantor.org if you have any questions.

於MCC的UPK (學前班) 是一個具啟蒙性、發展性且注重反響的學前課程計畫,此學前課程是以以下幾個簡單原則所建立的:所有孩子都是具有天份、有能力且充滿好奇心的,所有家庭都具有貢獻的潛能,而當我們團結在一起時會更加強大。我們的教師致力於創造安全、快樂及滋養的學習環境,以啟發及培養孩子的探究力、探索力和反思能力,此外,教師們更會活用從生活周遭乃至孩子們的興趣所得到的靈感做為與孩子們一同規劃課程的基石。每個家庭都是我們在早期教育的重要夥伴,請您協同您的孩子與老師們一同創造一個讓家裡與學校無縫接軌的橋樑。

2019-2020 學年的註冊將會於 2019 年1月開始,不論家庭收入,我們歡迎並鼓勵所有在 2015 年出生的孩童申請。若您有任何疑問,請聯繫我們 UPK 的主任 Louis Hamlyn-Harris,電話: 646 395 4253    或電郵:UPK@mannycantor.org

We are proud to offer a FREE full-day, high-quality Universal Pre-K program as a community partner with the NYC Department of Education. Admissions are handled via the DOE website here. Enrollment will open in early February. The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 school year is March 15th, 2019. The code for Educational Alliance UPK at Manny Cantor Center is 02 MAUA.

作為紐約市教育局的合作社區機構,我們很榮幸地提供您免費且優良的全日Universal Pre-K(全面學前班)課程,入學申請的過程全經由教育局的網站平台進行,二月初將會開放報名申請,2019-2020學年度的申請截止日期是2019年3月15日。教育聯盟Manny Cantor中心的UPK課程代碼02 MAUA

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What is the program schedule?
Standard program schedules is Monday through Friday, 8:40am-3pm. We also have limited spaces available in our early drop-off (at 8:15am) and extended day (until 6pm) programs.

What is the child / teacher ratio?
Our classrooms have 18-20 children, and 3 teachers. We also have a floating teacher on staff, who assists in all of the classrooms throughout the week.

What is your school philosophy?
UPK at MCC follows an emergent, project-based curriculum inspired by progressive schools around the world. We know that children learn best when engaged in work that is meaningful, ongoing and authentic to their interests and values. Our teachers create classroom environments that are beautiful, responsive and full of possibilities, then observe children closely to plan experiences and ongoing projects to extend children’s meaning making.
受到世界各地具發展性的學校所啟發,於MCC的UPK (全面學前班)之課程規劃著重於培養孩子的創造力以及提供專題式的學習模式,因為我們相信當孩子們投入學習的項目是他們有興趣、真實且具關聯性的事物,孩子們將會有最好的學習表現;因此,我們的教師致力於打造舒適、充滿可能性及注重孩子們反饋的課堂環境,且用心觀察孩子們的興趣及喜好以作為規劃日後的課程安排的基石,並由此強化孩子本身與課程內容的相關性。

What is the role of the teacher in your classrooms?
We see our teachers as facilitators of children’s learning. When we recognize the incredible capabilities of young children, we realize that they come to school with real interests, knowledge and questions about their environment. We see that they form tenable theories about how the world works and test them through exploration and play. They build relationships that are deep, nourishing and enduring. We start to observe, listen and document more, eager to hear what the children are telling us. We ask more questions than we answer. If we’re successful, we begin to learn alongside the children.

What is the role of families in the school?
We see families as our partners, joining together with the children and teachers to create a seamless connection between home and school. We communicate with teachers at drop off and pick up, through documentation, newsletters and emails, and at regular parent/teacher conferences. Our teachers strive to keep lines of communication open and are available for meetings and check-ins throughout the year as needed.

Who are your teachers?
Our teachers are highly trained, and have many years of experience in the field and/or advanced degrees in Early Childhood Education.

I have more questions. How can I find out additional information?
Our email address is UPK@mannycantor.org

Educational Alliance UPK at Manny Cantor Center

Contact us via e-mail or at 646.395.4253 to learn more.

Manny Cantor Center is grateful for the generous support of the Jewish Communal Fund as the founding donor of the Jewish Day Care initiative, with a gift made through UJA-Federation of New York, and for the JCF’s support in piloting this new model of family engagement.


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