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Science and Curriculum Specialist Stephanie Joseph works with a student at the Sunshine School in East Cobb. PHOTO / MJCCA

Science and Curriculum Specialist Stephanie Joseph works with a student at the Sunshine School in East Cobb. PHOTO / MJCCA

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s (MJCCA) award-winning East Cobb preschool, the Sunshine School, recently received the prestigious recognitions of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) re-accreditation and Bright From the Start’s “Quality Rated” designation.

The School was also selected as a model program to film lessons showing examples of implementing the Georgia Early Learning Development Standards (GELDS). Sunshine School Director Raye Lynn Banks explains this honor:

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“The Sunshine School was asked to be a filming site – one of only nine in the state of Georgia – to be a model program exemplifying how to teach lessons, and show how GELDS can be implemented through classroom activities,” she said. “These videos will be resources to appear on the Bright From the Start website so teachers can learn how to inplement GELDS into the classroom. They wanted us to model lessons that people can learn from.”

One of the MJCCA’s two preschools, the Sunshine School is located at Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta. It has more than 60 years of expertise in early childhood (six weeks through five years) learning and a nationally-acclaimed, pluralistic, Jewish-values curriculum, “An Ethical Start.”

“We are so proud of our wonderful East Cobb preschool,” Gail Luxenberg, MJCCA CEO, said. “We know that the Sunshine School team worked hard in preparation for this process and we are so pleased with the results. Thank you to Kim Sucan, Raye Lynn and all of the great staff for their help in this process. We know our parents are confident that their children are attending a school whose excellence is recognized by a national agency.”

Banks, speaking of the three honors, said:

“I felt like we had won the lottery. We were being filmed, we had received word of our NAEYC re-accreditation, and we had the Quality Rated visit, which we received the results of a short time later.

“People would say, ‘I Googled “best preschools in East Cobb” and The Sunshine School would come up.’ We feel so fortunate that we can continue to provide the best early childhood experience to the East Cobb community.”

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