A $1 million donation from West Palm Beach residents Barbara and Jack Kay will help build a state-of-the-art preschool on the new Mandel Jewish Community Center campus.
The Barbara and Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center, which is scheduled to open in August, will offer swimming, gymnastics, Jewish music and physical education, in addition to a regular teaching curriculum for children ages 3 months to 4 years.
The center has been designated a “School of Excellence” by the the national JCC Association, JCC North Director Mindy Hanken said. It will offer full- and part-time enrollment options, after-school enrichment programs in art, sports, science and dance for students 3 and older, and winter, spring and summer camps.
The school also is a voluntary prekindergarten provider.
“The Jewish Community Center is a wonderful, welcoming, non-threatening opportunity for Jewish people to come into a community and to be embraced by it,” said Barbara Kay, a past president of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. “The school is absolutely the opportunity for future Jewish continuity for young children.”
In addition to the Barbara and Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center, the 56,000-square-foot Mandel JCC also will feature a summer day camp, full-size gymnasium, a pool and aquatics center, sports fields, reception hall, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, community garden, and space for fitness, health and wellness classes.
The JCC operates JCC North in temporary facilities in Midtown Plaza on PGA Boulevard, its Leonard and Sophie Davis Camp Shalom at Duncan Middle School and its Early Childhood Learning Center at the Arthur I. Meyer Academy in West Palm Beach. All three programs will remain open until the Mandel JCC opens this summer.
For information, call (561) 689-7700 or visit www.jcconline.com/mandel.