Parent Testimonials


We value the feedback we receive from parents with children in the ECE. With their valuable feedback we know what is working and where to focus our attention for improvement. Below are a few of the things that parents are saying about our program!

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"There are no words to explain what the ECE does for us all. This is where my family and I grew up. All of my memories involve The J, and I want my son to have that too.


I boast about the ECE program regularly to all of my friends with small children. Those girls spend more time with my son than I do during the week so watching his face light up every morning when he sees his teachers solidifies that he is happy and makes leaving him a little less difficult. I couldn't be the mom I am without these teachers."
–Emily Prioletti


"The high quality staff is one of the greatest advantages you have over other local child care programs.  I can honestly say I am greeted with a smile and friendly attitude by every staff member from the moment I walk through their doors. As a parent, this is comforting to see because you know your children are in good hands. It is evident that the teachers have a passion for what they do. One of the drawing factors to the JCC, was the impressive curriculum and enrichment programs offered to children on a daily basis. We have always believed that child care is an investment in your child’s future and you cannot put a price tag on a high quality center like the JCC. 


Thank you to Kim Garra, for doing an exceptional job as a director because we know all too well how a director can have a positive or negative impact on a child care program. Kim should be proud of the culture she has created at the Mandel ECE and the staff she has on board!"
–Eileen Simcox

"Although my family is not Jewish, I realize the importance of faith in the guiding principles of the school. I support and encourage my children to learn about other faiths, cultures, and languages. The Mandel ECE provides this in an open and welcoming way for Jewish and non-Jewish families. I am continually impressed with the intermingling of Judaism in their programs and so much other diversity that I can only hope that these kids become the future leaders of our community, state, and country to impart these lessons into our society.


One of the best things that has been introduced by Director Kim Garra is the additional classes that are offered for a small fee during the day. It has really allowed me to explore my children’s individual interest areas while at school and not on the weekends which takes away from valuable family time."
-Amy Randall


"Our family has been fortunate enough to have the Mandel ECE as part of our lives for about 3 years. The teachers and staff, especially Director Kim Garra, have become family to us and we cannot imagine our lives without them. Their level of passion for my children and their learning experience is unparalleled.


Through the ECE, my children have experienced so much more than I ever expected at this age. They offer swimming lessons, gardening class, STEM programs, sports, dance, Lego building class, music, cooking class, and so much more! Learning is fun, play is fun, and we love that the general lessons of being kind and thankful human beings are a regular part of the curriculum."
–Andrea Royer