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Hillel Academy Tampa

The JCC - Hillel Preschool experience is a dynamic blend of theme, interest, and skill-based activities designed to provide developmentally appropriate learning in a constructivist environment to support growth. We focus on building a child’s cognitive, language, gross, and fine motor skills as well as nurturing creativity and social and emotional development.

A typical day includes center times, teacher-directed assignments, small and large group collaborative learning, gross motor play, and lessons in language arts, math, science, social studies, and Jewish studies. In addition to all they do in their classrooms, our preschoolers regularly spend time in P.E., Music, and the Library where they engage in activities designed for them by specialists.

Hebrew and Jewish Studies are joyfully integrated into the Preschool experience through storytelling, art projects, cooking, and song time. The Preschool children are also active participants in the vibrant Jewish Life of our school. Each Monday and Friday Friday they gather with the entire Hillel Academy student body for a Havdalah to start the school week and a lively school-wide Shabbat b’Yachad program to end our school week as a community. In addition to these weekly activities, they take part in all Jewish Holiday celebrations with activities designed to introduce a rich Jewish culture: they eat lunch in the Sukkah, dress up and join in the festive Purim Carnival and Parade, attend Chanukkah festivities, and more. Between these activities and all they do within their own classrooms, our preschoolers are actively engaged in the joyful Jewish culture of the school community.

The JCC - Hillel Preschool accepts Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten voucher (VPK). The voucher does not cover the total cost of education in the preschool; it subsidizes it.

The JCC - Hillel Preschool is accredited by the Florida Association of Independent Schools (FCIS) and meets the standards of Florida Child Care Licensing and The Early Learning Coalition. Those standards certify that the school has met strict requirements for building safety and compliance with state rules and regulations, staff/child ratios, children’s activities, faculty education and professional development, and record keeping.

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