Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. We are thrilled that you have decided to make us part of your child’s life. Our school is committed to providing a safe, nurturing and respectful environment where the youngest members of the Jewish community can begin to grow and develop their physical, social, emotional, and educational abilities within the framework of Jewish values and traditions.

Our vision is to provide a quality, developmentally appropriate program that actively engages and excites young children and also reaches beyond its modern facility to involve the home, the family, the synagogue and the community.

We believe that play is a child’s work; therefore, our curriculum focuses on the process of learning instead of the product. Our activities are planned with the child’s needs in mind, respecting individual styles and designed to ensure success. We will continue to offer our excellent early childhood program as well as our special “add-ins” that make your day a little easier.

You will continue to be able to customize your child’s program to fit exactly what you need, when you need it. In addition to our Core Program, scheduling options are very flexible and range from our Breakfast Club at 6:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m., to our Afternoon Adventures until 6:00 p.m.. While offering flexibility for parents, these options also provide seamless transitions and minimal interruptions to a child’s play.

Everything contributes to that structure: our staff, our facilities, our curriculum, and our teaching methods. Our Early Childhood Program meets the most rigorous standards in the classroom in terms of teacher qualification, teacher/child ratios, safety, and courses of study. Baseline pre-K skills are taught in reading, Hebrew language, math, and science. In addition to normal classroom activities, children have regular music, art, physical education, and library time as well as the opportunity to participate in afternoon enrichment classes in everything from computer classes to Dance.

Our curriculum promotes problem solving and higher cognitive skills, encouraging independent thinking, curiosity and imagination. We are continually enriching and enhancing the program to stay on the cutting edge of what the most current research suggests as best practices for early childhood education.

Friday mornings are very special at the ECC. We celebrate Shabbat with the entire school, our Rabbis, Hazzan, myself and Bamba (Our Shabbat guest puppet!). We sing, tell stories, celebrate birthdays and in the classrooms we bake Challah. Thank you for your commitment to the Beth El Early Childhood Center. We look forward to watching your child grow and learn with us. If you have any questions, please contact us: email Belle Hirn or call 856-675-1166, extension 422.