The Kindergarten Program represents the ITC’s core educational effort for young children from Israel’s periphery. The program aims to empower toddlers regardless of background and religion, including the Arab population, Druze sector and Ethiopian community, by improving motor skills such as fitness, balance and coordination in children aged 4-6 while promoting a healthy lifestyle from an early age. Recognized by Israel’s Ministry of Education as an official part of its local educational framework, The Israel Tennis Centers currently implements the Excellence in Motion Program in 550 kindergartens nationwide, catering to over 16,000 children, many of whom come from disadvantaged families.
Unlike older children and adults, whose cognitive skills are more developed, young children learn about the world primarily through their bodies. They explore their surroundings, touching, feeling and utilizing their body to find their place the world, while constantly challenging their boundaries.
The ITC also believes that educational programs for kindergartners can serve as a basis for learning values of tolerance and compassion. This is especially important in Israel, a land besieged by conflict and religious tension, which particularly affects youngsters, who are deeply affected by the rhetoric of violence. These programs can also serve as a platform for personal and collective empowerment for immigrant children and their families.
Excellence in Motion Kindergarten
The Excellence in Motion Program represents the ITC’s core educational effort regarding young kindergarten children. The program is based on 32 annual physical education and motor skills development classes, which are implemented once a week at kindergartens throughout Israel. The program is implemented by the ITC’s certified physical education teachers.
Kindergarten for Children with Developmental Disabilities
This program aims at improving motor skills such as fitness, balance and coordination in developmentally challenged children aged 4-6, who attend special needs kindergartens throughout Israel. The program is based on physical education activities suited to fit the needs of children and adults with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome and language deficiencies.