Education, The Green Preschool Way

Our Philosophy

Green Preschool @JCDS provides a warm and joyful Jewish environment  inspired  by  the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching.  We celebrate children’s strong, capable, and curious nature.  Teachers facilitate learning through thoughtful, open-ended activities within intentionally crafted environments. Our dynamic, inquiry and play-based program responds to the needs of the whole child at every stage of development. Green Preschool ensures each child is seen, heard, nurtured, and loved for exactly who they are.

Green Preschool @JCDS promotes...

  • Child-centered learning

  • Creativity

  • Collaboration

  • Environment as the third teacher

  • Communication and partnership                                         with families

  • Rich foundation of Jewish Values:                      B              ’Tzelem Elokim (Divine Image), Tikkun                                        Olam, (Repair of the World), Shalom                                           (Peace)

Program Highlights

Weekly Music, Hebrew, Art, and STEAM with professional instructors

Emphasis on

social-emotional development, kindness, curiosity, and peaceful problem solving

Continuity for your child with hours available from

7:30am - 6:00pm



and literacy-

rich classrooms



Our small

school guarantees personal attention for every child


As a part of

the Jewish Community Day School, our

Green Preschoolers have the opportunity to

join in the

diverse happenings within the

“big” school


All within the amazing, secure Metairie JCC Campus

A Closer Look

Throughout the day, children are continuously provided with thoughtful activities that strengthen their gross and fine motor skills.


Play is the work of the child. The sort of complex play that supports development of language, cognition, and executive function includes, creating an imaginary situation, taking on and acting out roles, and following a set of rules determined by specific roles.


Children learn to recognize shapes and patterns, as well as investigate relationships among people and materials using numbers and measurements.


Children are natural scientists and experiential learners; planting in our garden, recycling materials, water and sensory play, all  help children understand our world. We love to get dirty at Green Preschool @JCDS!


Green Preschool @JCDS, merges best practices in early childhood education with principles of Jewish education. We celebrate the yearly cycle of Jewish holidays introducing age-appropriate customs, values, literature, song and movement; Judaism is joyfully brought to life!

      7:30am          9:30am

       10:00am         11:15am        11:45am         2:15pm   3:15pm


- 9:30am                            

- 10:00am    
- 11:00am       
- 11:45am    
-  2:15pm        
-  3:15pm   
-  3:30pm

Flow of the Day

Open Entry and Free Play                       

Morning Meeting
Outdoor Exploration   
Clean up and Prepare for Lunch
Wake Up and Small Group Activities
Good-bye circle song to our friends heading home
Chaverim (aftercare program)

The schedule above is an open framework and will be adjusted based on

children’s ages, stages, and interests.