Children learn best in an atmosphere that is both challenging and nurturing. In addition, early childhood classroom experiences play an important role in forging a child’s attitude about school for the rest of his or her life. For this reason, Akiba’s Early Childhood Program is carefully structured to not only provide the best in preschool education but also to heighten each child’s sense of empowerment and self-worth.
Everything contributes to that structure: our staff, our facilities, our curriculum, and our teaching methods. The Akiba Early Childhood Program meets the most rigorous standards in the classroom in terms of teacher qualification, teacher/child ratios, safety, and courses of study. Baseline pre-K skills are taught in reading, Hebrew language, math, and science. In addition to normal classroom activities, children have regular music, art, physical education, and library time, as well as the opportunity to participate in afternoon enrichment classes in everything from science to ballet. Our curriculum promotes problem-solving and higher cognitive skills, encouraging independent thinking, curiosity and imagination. We are continually enriching and enhancing the program to stay on the cutting edge of what the most current research suggests as best practices for early childhood education.
For all these reasons and more, Akiba Academy is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and was one of the first schools in the nation to be accredited by the Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative (JECEI)—confirmation that our Early Childhood Program is among the most progressive in the country.