About the Sarfan UJC Early Childhood Center
Since 1948 the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula has operated a preschool. We are currently located in Newport News Virginia . Our preschool has grown to seven classrooms. There is a fully equipped outdoor playground and an indoor gymnasium which is used for rainy day and after school activities.
We offer infant/toddler care and preschool for children ages six weeks through Pre-K. Before and after care is available for our families who require these services. Each of our classes features a low student-teacher ratio.
Statement of Philosophy
Children learn best in a safe, nurturing environment. Our school’s goal is to provide developmentally appropriate experiences to foster the growth of the whole child. Emphasis is placed on play and interactive learning to promote the social, emotional, academic and physical development of each child. Cognitive, creative and physical activities are planned to foster daily growth. An environment is provided that seeks to promote positive self esteem and social interaction. Our teachers strive to provide constant encouragement and praise, not only for the child’s products but also for the processes that he or she goes through in obtaining them.
As a Jewish school, we instill in our children values as well as opportunities to practice basic religious observances. The lessons we learn are those found in the Old Testament which is the foundation of our heritage.