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Q: Do I have to be a member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation to enroll my child in the preschool?

A: Enrollment is open to children of members and non-members. Though to enjoy the benefits of Chizuk Amuno in full, we encourage you to consider becoming a member of the congregation.

Q: Does my child have to be Jewish to attend GECEC?

A: Yes.

Q: What are your operating hours?

A: We offer full- and part-time hours September–June, including early drop-off and late stay.

Q: How many teachers are in each class?

A: Each class has at least one certified teacher and one assistant.

Q: What is the student-teacher ratio?

A: The ratio is determined by the age of the children and the size of the classroom. In a 2-year-old class, the teacher-student ratio is 1:6, with a maximum of 12 children per class. For the 3’s, 4’s and 5’s, the ratio is 1:8, with a maximum of 16 children per class.

Q: Do you have a summer program?

A: Yes, we offer an 7-week program from June through August for children ages 2–4 years. Our schedules are flexible to accommodate family schedules and vacations. Reach out to Cori Schoeffel for details!

Q: Who provides lunch and snacks? Does the food we pack need to be kosher?

A: We provide a morning and afternoon snack each day. We ask that parents provide a dairy or pareve lunch for their child. All food that is shared in class and at school activities must have a kosher symbol on it.

Q: How do you handle food allergies?

A: We remind parents to alert us of any food allergies. We will offer children alternative snacks if necessary. We post a list of children with allergies in each classroom so that all of the staff are aware of the precautions that need to be taken to protect the child. We have a nurse on staff who can administer medication as required.

Q: Do the children nap?

A: We offer rest time each afternoon for the children attending a full day program. We provide cots for our 2-year-olds and mats for our older children.

Q: Does my child have to be toilet trained before enrolling?

A: No, we understand that most two-year olds are not yet trained. When your child is ready, we work closely with the parent and child to toilet train the child in a consistent, calming, encouraging manner.

Q: How do you communicate with families?

A: We communicate in many ways. We have a parent orientation at the beginning of the school year. You will receive two progress reports throughout the year, one in conjunction with a parent-teacher conference. Each class sends out a weekly e-newsletter as well as a weekly Shabbat newsletter from the directors. We encourage parents to call or stop in with any questions or concerns. We also encourage our families to come into the building at drop-off or pick-up to see our bulletin boards and view the “work” we have done in the classroom.

Q: Will my child be prepared to succeed in elementary school?

A: We prepare the children to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond. We will build a foundation for literacy, math, science, social studies, music, and arts. The children will “discover the world” through a framework of hand-on experiences.

Q: Where do Goldsmith kids go for elementary school?

A: Graduates of Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center attend very prominent public and private schools in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. To inquire about Krieger Schechter Day School, please contact Nissa Weinberg, KSDS Director of Admissions. To inquire about Rosenbloom Religious School, please contact Melissa Berman, Assistant Director - Rosenbloom Religious School. 

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