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Wolk Children's Center

Wonder, Play, Create, Learn

The JCC Wolk Children’s Center is the only Early Childhood community that instills the skills of collaboration, community, critical thinking, and creativity by creating a safe and nurturing environment that understands children are constructivist learners and learn by play and social interaction with their friends. Qualified staff and ongoing professional development coupled with our key elements of early education and Jewish values, help us prepare children and families for the world we live in.

We give kids what they need to be remarkable.

Looking for more flexibility for days and times? Find it here.

NEW! We are now offering a 9am – 3pm day for 3 and 4 year olds with the ability to add before and after care.

Even better – you can register for 2, 3 or 5 days a week – whatever works best for you and your family.

Learn more about our childcare options here.

To speak with a member of our team about registration call 585.461.2000 ext. 272 or use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

What makes our program different?

Key Elements in Successful Early Education

1. Children as Constructivist Learners
2. Early Childhood Directors as Visionaries
3. Early Childhood Educators as Professionals
4. Families as Engaged Partners
5. Environments as Inspiration for Inquiry
6. Discover CATCH (taking care of our bodies)
7. Israel as the Story of the Jewish People

What Does 'Children as a Constructivist Learner' Mean?

We believe that children construct knowledge rather than just passively take in information. As children experience the world and reflect upon those experiences, they build their own representations and incorporate new information into their pre-existing knowledge.

Universal Values through a Jewish Lens

These values help create a framework for teachers and parents and develop a shared vision in the classroom.



Reflection, return and renewal. We turn to our community for support and celebration.



Mutual agreement of support between families and educators.


(Tzelem Elokim)

Our community honors and celebrates uniqueness and diversity.



We come together to appreciate our community.



A child’s joy and wonder of discovery is a source of inspiration for us all.



We grow through inquiry and dialogue.


(Tikkun Olam)

We all have a responsibility to care for the world around us.

Our Programs


8 Weeks to Kindergarten

Each day at the Center is filled with learning opportunities to encourage your child’s curiosity, foster social skills, and stimulate key interest centers — including creative art, language and literacy, sensory and motor, and cognitive development.   Talk to us about how we can prepare your child with the skills they’ll need to be successful and happy. Learn More

Before + After Care

We have an awesome before and after school program with flexible options for both kindergarten and elementary school.

Supervised classrooms, space to play and fun activities!

Learn More

Summer Days at the J

Registration is open for one-week sessions, June 27-August 26. We can’t wait to see all of our returning campers and to meet new friends! NEW! Leaders in Training program for 7th and 8th grade. Learn More

Click here to register for After Camp Care.

For more information about Summer Days at the J, email Staci at shiller@jccrochester.org

Contact Us

We are conveniently located in Brighton, close to both 590 and 490, just minutes away from the University of Rochester.
We are open Monday –Friday, 7:30am–5:30pm

Meet The Team

Director, Early Childhood Education 

Director of School Age Programming, JCC Day Camp

Operations Manager

Pre-school Program Coordinator

Form 990 for year-end 6/30/2021 can be obtained by emailing andreaharrington@jccrochester.org

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The JCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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