The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center in Margate is set to begin a new program to the mainland.
“We did a strategic study that showed us that there are people on the mainland that are looking for high quality early childhood education,” said Chief Executive Officer, Jack Fox, Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center.
“The future of early childhood program is growing,” said Chief Operation Officer, Margaret Mancuso, Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center.
And so is the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Education program.
“It’s clear that the population is growing on the mainland, we’re so excited about being here and starting a new school,” said Fox.
“It’s a needed service over here,” said Traci Hazley, JCC Early Childhood Education Center Director
The JCC is extending their program into the mainland. Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield will open its, newly renovated, doors this fall as the latest extension of the JCC early childhood education center.
“We’re collaborating with the synagogue and bringing our product to the mainland, so we can serve the communities of Linwood, Northfield, Somers Point, Egg Harbor Twp. and the other communities in this area,” said JCC President Steven Brog.
“I’m just excited about it,” said President of Congregation Beth Israel.
The program begins September 1st for kids ages two–and–a–half through six and will follow the JCC’s creative curriculum.
“We have a high quality of education. We have a great learning environment. Our product has been very popular over the years,” said Brog.
The JCC expects to have around 20–25 children at the Beth Israel site during the coming school year. Many of the students will be coming from families on the mainland who previously sent their kids to the Margate JCC preschool program, which has over 130 enrolled.
“We’re very excited and our son is going to have a great time and we know he’s going to be in the best care possible,” said Egg Harbor Twp. resident Daren Smith.
“I look forward to having a great year,” said Hazley.