UPK – Frequently Asked Questions
What is the program schedule? / 課程的時間表為？
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? / 老師與學生之比例為何？
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? / 學校的哲學為何？
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.
What is the role of the teacher in your classrooms? / 老師在課堂上扮演著什麼樣的角色？
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? / 家庭在我們學校扮演著什麼樣的角色？
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? / 誰是您孩子的老師？
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? / 我還有疑問。我該如何獲取更多相關信息？
Our email address is UPK@mannycantor.org
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.