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The Aronoff Preschool at the J

We’ve Grown!

The Merage JCC is excited to share with you our three new expansive playgrounds, five sunny new state-of-the-art classrooms, library, and Parenting Center.

Our children enjoy weekly specialists in music and movement and can choose classes in arts, yoga, ballet, martial arts, sports, cooking and more.

All of our families have full access to Merage JCC benefits and services including:

  • summer camps
  • tailored swim lessons
  • indoor and outdoor athletic facilities
  • fitness center
  • swimming pools
  • theatre
  • teen center
  • sports leagues

Because You Want the Best for Your Child

The Aronoff Preschool at the Merage JCC recognizes the potential in each child, and we value the vital contributions that families make to the school community. We believe that children are competent and capable learners, researchers and problem solvers. Our emergent curriculum is designed to support children’s spirit of inquiry by offering opportunities for large and small group exploration. Our teachers create a forum for children to share their theories, knowledge and questions, leading to discovery, growth and contextual learning. Parents are invited to be part of this process, ensuring that the child’s home and classroom integrate seamlessly. We believe that it takes a strong partnership between parents, faculty and eager young students to create a learning community, a school where the best early childhood theories are put into practice. When children, teachers and families share in this type of learning journey, it is easy to become involved in the excitement of a child who is beginning to understand the world and his or her place in it.

Our curriculum will help your child develop a lifelong love of learning, and our teaching faculty will help prepare your child for the best kindergartens in Orange County.

The Aronoff Preschool at the J is located in Irvine near Newport Coast. We offer programs for children six weeks old through Transitional Kindergarten.

For more information or to schedule a tour:

To schedule a personal tour, please contact Aliza Sable, Interim Director of Admissions at or call the preschool office at (949) 435-3400 ext 310.



Our curriculum is founded upon the richness of Judaic tradition and values and is deeply inspired by the theories and philosophies of the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. This cutting edge philosophy of early learning maintains a strong focus on children’s academic development through an approach that fosters a love for literacy, math and science. Each day we provide opportunities for social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth that prepare children for kindergarten readiness. In our small class sizes, children develop research, inquiry and critical thinking skills. Children construct meaning from their learning environments which seamlessly blend the richness of Jewish values, traditions and holiday celebrations into our early childhood education.

All our families have access to an unparalleled facility and all the benefits of the entire Merage JCC, including indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, swimming pools and spacious grounds.

Through creative hands-on experiences, our children embark on a journey from home to kindergarten. Our programs are designed and based upon the most recent research in brain development and are founded upon cutting edge child development.

We know that children learn and progress as they grow and develop new skills and ways of thinking and perceiving. In our state-of-the-art classrooms, our children are encouraged to embark on an exploration of concepts, gain awareness and understanding of literacy and numeracy, and become more articulate, confident individuals.

To learn more about The Aronoff Preschool at the Merage JCC:

Please call us to schedule a guided tour of our classrooms and our beautiful facility. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and provide additional information and application materials. All children and families are welcome, regardless of race, creed, color, physical ability, or national origin. An integral part of your family’s experience at the Merage JCC is membership in our community. Being part of our community, working out with friends, taking educational classes, enriching your life and the lives of others through sharing is the heart, essence and soul of our community.

Our programs and services celebrate family, foster health and well-being, embrace tradition, create friendships, and expand cultural horizons all in a safe, positive, friendly and inviting environment. We appreciate your membership, which is a part of your enrollment process in the school.

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