A Greater Community

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The start of the school year was especially exciting for our Early Childhood Centers, as it marked the official merger of three campuses: Erika J. Glazer, Mann Family, and University Campus. Faculty and administration from all three campuses recently gathered together for Staff Orientation at the University Campus, touring the newly acquired space, discussing the school philosophy, and going over what the school year will look like. Teachers bonded and were inspired during small group discussions. The staff collectively recited the Shehecheyanu blessing, feeling the immense gratitude for being together, in person, as one greater WBTECC community to launch the school year.

While each ECC has a different location and physical space, the high-quality program and talented educators remain consistent across the board. New students were welcomed over the summer when they attended a “New Family Playdate” on campus, and parents attended, via Zoom, an Orientation Night with gift boxes that included wine and cheese. Children received outdoor Home Visits from their teachers to help make the transition to school a smooth one. Following COVID health and safety guidelines, the ECC faculty set up beautiful outdoor classrooms, utilizing every square foot of space for various provocations.

This year the Parent Association consists of six copresidents: Jayme Bolden and Emily Hakim from Mann, Ali Miller and Liz Mirkin from Glazer, and Alex Baranick and Sinta Ross from University. Collectively, the presidents and committee members have been hard at work, implementing cohesive and meaningful engagement and programming for the upcoming year. The Baby and Me program is running at all three campuses, and parents can take classes at more than one location, whichever day and time works best for their family. Classes for the more than 120 children enrolled include many areas of cognitive development for young children, such as sensory exploration, music and movement, exploring new environments, and making new connections. Parents and caregivers will develop lifelong friendships while simultaneously bonding with their children.