What can you tell me about the Alan & Tatyana Forman Jewish Early Learning Center? Located in Merrick, Long Island, minutes away from the Merrick LIRR, the Jewish ELC is dedicated to fostering a lifelong love of learning in children through positive educational experiences. Our beautiful, airy and sunlit classrooms provide the perfect setting for your child’s growth and development. Your child will also enjoy outdoor recreation in our expansive and beautiful fenced-in playground.

Are you licensed, and if yes, by what agency? The JELC is licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services to operate a ‘Day Care Center.’ The facility has been inspected by their fire safety representative and early childhood specialists to ensure the maximum safety and feasibility of the program. The JELC also undergoes inspections throughout the year by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services.

Our family may not be as observant as others. Will our children fit in? The JELC student body reflects the full spectrum of the Jewish community. JELC is a warm and welcoming place where Jewish children and parents from all backgrounds form lasting friendships. The focus is on developing knowledge of Judaism and pride in our heritage rather than changing one’s lifestyle. The fundamental Torah lesson of respect of others and their differences is taught and modeled here. The faculty is diverse in both their background and experience. 

How is Judaism integrated into programs and practices? At the JELC, students don’t just learn about Judaism - they experience it! The beauty of Shabbat as well as traditions associated with the holidays are taught through multi-sensory techniques. Jewish and General Studies are integrated to maximize the educational experience. Our teachers engage students in the relevance of Judaism to today’s world and to the Jewish commitment to ‘tikun olam’ – repairing the world.

Do you offer a summer program? We offer a fabulous summer program called Camp Gan Israel. Please contact us for additional information at 516-833-3057 ext.108 or visit the camp website at www.CampGi.com.

Who shall I call to find out more? If you have other questions, or are interested in a tour, please contact Gayle Benno, Director of Admissions at 516-833-3057 ext. 110 or email her at [email protected]. If you would like some parent references, we can also supply you with contact numbers to parents who have entrusted their children with us at the JELC.