Jewish Community Alliance Preschool

 

The JCA Preschool, NAEYC accredited and beginning its 24th year, has a rich history and an outstanding reputation. Through the 'High Scope' curriculum, combined with a Reggio Emilia approach, we offer child centered, family-oriented programs for 6 weeks old to 5 years old. Educated and trained professionals bring deep commitment and a love of children to our classrooms. We foster a child's natural instincts and curiosity by providing a nurturing, comfortable, joyful and developmentally appropriate environment.

We can't imagine that our child could be happier, healthier or  better cared for anywhere else. We are thrilled with the quality of the program.  

                                                                        - JCA Preschool Parent

  • School Director

    Mary Lilly
    Mary has spent over thirty five years in early childhood education. A founder of the JCA preschool, Mary served as Assistant Director for ten years and has directed the School since 2008. She worked to achieve NAEYC accreditation for the school, one of only seven preschool programs so designated in the Portland area. Mary is committed to providing the highest quality early learning environment, where children’s individual needs are met each day by loving and nurturing caregivers.

    Mary Lilly
    Mary has spent over thirty five years in early childhood education. A founder of the JCA preschool, Mary served as Assistant Director for ten years and has directed the School since 2008. She worked to achieve NAEYC accreditation for the school, one of only seven preschool programs so designated in the Portland area. Mary is committed to providing the highest quality early learning environment, where children’s individual needs are met each day by loving and nurturing caregivers.

  • Assistant Director

    Janel Goodman is Assistant Director of the JCA Preschool, and has been with the JCA for over fourteen years. She holds a K-8 teaching certificate from the University of New England and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Farmington. Janel especially enjoys watching the way four and five year olds grow throughout the year. Warm hugs, spontaneous dance parties, and fantastic colleagues are a few of her favorite parts of the JCA Preschool!

    Janel Goodman is Assistant Director of the JCA Preschool, and has been with the JCA for over fourteen years. She holds a K-8 teaching certificate from the University of New England and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Farmington. Janel especially enjoys watching the way four and five year olds grow throughout the year. Warm hugs, spontaneous dance parties, and fantastic colleagues are a few of her favorite parts of the JCA Preschool!

Contact Us

Jewish Community Alliance Preschool

57 Ashmont Street

Portland, ME  04103

207.772.1959 Tel

207.772.2234 Fax

Contact us by email:

Director: Mary Lilly

Assistant Director: Janel Goodman

  • Investigating

  • Growing!

  • Giggles

  • Imagination

  • Friends

  • Wonder

  • Learning

  • Nature

  • Discovering

  • Tradition

  • Pretend

  • Silliness

  • Cooking

  • Nurturing

  • Friends

  • Excitement

Our Mission

We will provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn at their own pace and to grow socially, physically and emotionally.

Our Philosphy

Our High Scope curriculum has a strong commitment to the philosophy and practice of Reggio Emilia and incorporates a deliberate balance of both child driven and teacher directed activities.

Our Classrooms

We have three classrooms: Toddler Room, Age 2 (2 by October 15), Nursery Room, Ages 3 and 4 (3 by October 15) and Pre-Kindergarten Room, Ages 4 and 5 (4 by October 15) .

Our Staff

Our teachers are committed to provide the highest quality early learning environment, where children’s individual needs are met by loving and nurturing caregivers.