About the Marion and Norman Tanzman Center for LifeLong Living and Bright Beginnings Preschool at the JCCMC Project

Project Objective and Rationale for expansion:

Our wonderfully diverse community experiencing the JCC is growing in the numbers and in enthusiasm for the activities and experiences. More people come to the JCC for programs, trips, opportunities and activities, and the JCC has become the center of their lives outside their homes. The JCC must provide more expansive spaces to enhance programs for people of all ages, Seniors, baby boomers, those with Special Needs, young families and children, to educate, enrich, stimulate and assist in healthy and fulfilling lives.

This project features:

  • Enhanced program and meeting spaces;
  • Large multipurpose room;
  • New Lounge and social gathering space, with new Outdoor Courtyard;
  • New security and reception area;
  • New kitchen;
  • Program space with a stage;
  • State of the Art Multi Media/Sound system;
  • New staff offices and renovations to the Lobby and common areas

This project also includes new Bright Beginnings Preschool Early Childhood Education space, including:

  • New state of the art Preschool Classrooms and Enrichment space;
  • Renovated existing classroom spaces;
  • New teacher preparatory, resource, conference and staff office space;
  • New Special Needs program space

It is the capstone to the impact of our JCC, recognizing the importance of LifeLong Living to the community as people of all ages seek positive experiences, and enhancing the provision of programs and services.

Safety & Security:

  • Relocation of Senior and other adult programs from 2nd floor facilities to new spaces on the main floor, with enhanced security and monitoring. Easier and safer access for those with difficulty ambulating stairs, especially in emergency situations requiring evacuation of the building, and enabling expansion of space for the Bright Beginnings Preschool Wing;
  • Enhance security and accessibility; 1st Responders able to reach and assist participants more quickly and safely. Enable better monitoring and security of Early Childhood Education wing, limiting access by those unrelated to the children and children’s programs


  • Allows JCC to expand its present facility, programs and services to better meet the needs of our growing population of all ages, backgrounds and interests;
  • Develops new program spaces for increased and enhanced health & wellness, performing and cultural arts, socialization programs and services, nutrition and other services for adult population, including baby boomers and senior adults, those on fixed incomes and otherwise vulnerable adults;
  • Creates new Special Needs program space for those on the Autism spectrum and caregivers;
  • Provides new Preschool classroom and Early Childhood enrichment space that is state of the art, functional and welcoming, with improved staff office and teacher preparatory space

Early Childhood Education Facilities, Enrichment, Aquatics, Special Needs and Health and Physical Education Programs and Services:

  • Creates new and transitions existing space on 2nd floor, for new Classrooms, renovated facilities and improved security;
  • Responds to long wait list for admission to Best in Class JCC Bright Beginnings Preschool;
  • Provides expanded Enrichment programs, including enhanced STEM enrichment, Aquatics, sports programs, and services for youth and families, adults of all ages and those with Special