Katz JCC cuts ribbon on new offshore early childhood learning center

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Katz JCC cuts ribbon on new offshore early childhood learning center Katz JCC cuts ribbon on new offshore early childhood learning center NORTHFIELD – Changing demographics is behind the expansion of the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Education Center to the mainland, which opened a branch at Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield.

Also opening on the mainland is Beth El Synagogue’s Mainland Branch in the London Square Plaza on Tilton Road.

Cutting the ribbon to mark the grand opening of the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Education Center Mainland Branch are from left: Katz JCC Chief Operating Officer Marg Mancuso, Beth Israel Rabbi David Weiss, Katz JCC Chief Executive Officer Jack I. Fox, Congregation Beth Israel Board President David Lowenstein, Katz JCC Board President Steve Brog, Northfield Councilman Erland Chau and Early Childhood Mainland Branch Director Traci Hazley. Cutting the ribbon to mark the grand opening of the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Education Center Mainland Branch are from left: Katz JCC Chief Operating Officer Marg Mancuso, Beth Israel Rabbi David Weiss, Katz JCC Chief Executive Officer Jack I. Fox, Congregation Beth Israel Board President David Lowenstein, Katz JCC Board President Steve Brog, Northfield Councilman Erland Chau and Early Childhood Mainland Branch Director Traci Hazley. Thursday, Aug. 14 the JCC celebrated the opening of the center with a ribbon cutting and family fair.

Jack Fox, chief executive officer of the Katz JCC, said, “We see the demographics and we see where our families are and with the move here to Beth Israel we will be able to meet the demands of our families for pre-school and kindergarten education here in Linwood, Northfield, Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township, and we are really excited about the opportunity.”

Zach Hazley, 2, of Tuckerton is ready for school to start as he plays on the magnetic board in one of the Beth Israel classrooms. Zach Hazley, 2, of Tuckerton is ready for school to start as he plays on the magnetic board in one of the Beth Israel classrooms. The JCC undertook a year-long strategic study that revealed not only where their families are putting down roots, but also focused on what those families are looking for in terms of early childhood education.

The director of the JCC Early Childhood Education Center Mainland Branch is Traci Hazley. She said the program will start slowly with approximately 20 students,  but said that number will likely increase in January.

The director said the school at Beth Israel is able to accommodate up to 100 preschool and kindergarten aged children.

Working within the framework of what parents need in a preschool program, Hazley said they will have before- and after-school programs for the children that will accommodate working parents’ schedules.

Hazley said the program is for children six weeks through kindergarten and the hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be free bus transportation for students enrolled in the school for aquatic and science programs at the JCC Margate campus.

JCC President Steven Brog stood along side Beth Israel Rabbi David Weiss and Beth Israel President David Lowenstein to cut the ribbon on the education center.

"We're collaborating with the synagogue and bringing our product to the mainland,” Brog said. "We have a high quality of education.  We have a great learning environment and our educational product has been very popular over the years.”

Lowenstein said the Beth Israel membership is excited about what they will now be able to offer their families.

To learn more about the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Education Center Mainland Branch in Northfield or the Margate Campus see www.jccatlantic.org or call 609-645-7500.


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