Here’s Why Stephen Wise Free Synagogue’s Summer Camp Is Better Than the Rest

The winter chill is still in the air, but every New York City parent knows it’s time to start thinking about the future… or more specifically, summer! Finalizing your warm-weather plans for the family is particularly crucial if your child ranges in age from two to four years old, and we’re here to highlight an excellent opportunity right here on the Upper West Side.

If you’re looking for a Jewish summer camp in Manhattan that doesn’t require synagogue membership, look no further than Stephen Wise Free Synagogue’s Early Childhood Center summer program for children ages 2–4! Located at 30 West 68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, neighborhood kids can get in on the action.

You and your child can expect the summer magic integral to any great camp experience — fun in the sun, creative play, wacky costume days and more. But what makes Stephen Wise’s summer camp stand out among the rest?

First, let’s discuss the core of the Early Childhood Center’s curriculum. Inspired by the world-renowned schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, the ECC’s educational philosophy views children as strong, capable and competent individuals who can make their own choices and set the tone for their growth. Dedicated ECC educators integrate the Reggio Emilia approach and Jewish values into both the academic year and the summer camp. Many of the teachers have even traveled to Italy to enhance their Reggio Emilia expertise!

The school boasts a stunning rooftop playground, a water play area and a whimsical indoor playroom. There are outdoor gardening experiences, community-themed afternoons, Thursday pizza lunches and camp-wide community Shabbat celebrations.

With a low student-to-teacher ratio, this is far beyond your typical summer camp, as campers receive individualized attention and care. The one prerequisite to note is that campers should have some experience with a separation class.

Ready to register? Find out more and sign up here!

For any questions, contact the ECC’s summer program director, Allie Baylson, at (212) 877-4050, ext. 264, or

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