The 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 an environment that understands children are constructivist learners. 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.

Our 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.  

Concerned about Kindergarten readiness after a year home? Talk to us about how we can prepare your child with the skills they’ll need to be successful and happy.

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!

Children Learning Online

School Day at the J

We know how hard it is to teach school in addition to everything else that you have to get done. 

The JCC is here to help your family with the challenge of hybrid learning this school year. Remote learning can be stressful for both students and families. We can help.

We also offer before and after care.

Summer Days at the J

Classic summer camp fun!  Registration is now open! 

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
Due to COVID-19, we are not offering in-person tours at this time.

Meet The Team

Senior Director of Educational Programming

School Day at the J and Summer Days at the J Director 

Assistant Director 

Operations Manager

Administrative Assistant

Rochester Regional Telehealth for K–12

Rochester Regional Telehealth

The JCC has partnered with Rochester Regional Health to bring Telehealth to our campus. Available to all children enrolled with us, telehealth offers a convenient way to address urgent healthcare needs remotely and conveniently for everyone aged 6 months to18 years old. 

Telehealth visits can be scheduled virtually through videoconference between the hours of 10am – 6pm when you child is here.

No more rushing to bring your child to the doctor’s office or to an urgent care facility.

Common reasons for visits include such things as:  cold/regular flu, cuts, ear pain, fever, insect bites and allergic reactions.

Service is billed through your insurance company, typically as an office visit. 

There is no cost to sign up – just complete some simple paperwork and you and your child are ready to take advantage of this convenient collaboration. 

We're Serious About Safety

We have all the safety protocols and processes in place to operate safely – these protocols have been thoroughly tested since we reopened in June 2020.

Students will stay within their own ‘groups’ throughout both the day and the week.

  • Daily health assessments
  • Frequent deep cleaning
  • Valet pick up and drop off
  • Temp checks
  • Masks worn
  • Social distancing
  • Limited class size