Junior Kindergarten

Age 4 by Sep 1
Ratio: 2 to 16

A little girl wearing a unicorn sweatshirt on a playground.


Inspired by the teaching and learning in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in Junior Kindergarten we believe in cultivating a rich educational environment where children are active participants in the learning process. Knowledge building does not proceed in a linear way. The construction of knowledge is a group process where children produce their own theories and test their hypotheses. In our JK program, a strong focus is placed on developing problem-solving skills to promote confidence, independence, perseverance, and a deeper understanding of the world, laying a strong foundation for lifelong learning and growth.

In our social constructivist approach to education, we understand that learning is a collaborative experience. We provide children with invaluable opportunities to dialogue with each other, sharing their ideas and perspectives. 

Unlike VPK which focuses more on structured activities, our approach prioritizes hands-on experiences while fostering a sense of community and mutual respect among students. By engaging in group projects, discussions, and cooperative activities, children learn to appreciate diverse perspectives and build strong interpersonal connections. By nurturing each child’s natural curiosity and fostering a love for learning, we empower them to develop essential skills for success both in school and in life.

Our approach not only prepares children for academic success but also equips them with the social and emotional competencies needed to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.

At Michele Block Gan Yeladim, the Junior Kindergarten program also includes weekly PE lessons in our JCA gymnasium and unique partnerships with the Jacksonville Symphony, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, and MOSH.