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Early Childhood Education Program

Early Childhood Education Programs
An Enriching Experience for Children and Their Families


Temple Adat Elohim ECC nurtures all aspects of a child’s development – social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual, in a sensitive and caring Jewish environment. Early childhood is the most critical period in human growth and development. The foundation of personality, self-image, and the motivation to learn are all established in the first five years of a child’s life. Our role as educators is to inspire, motivate, teach and guide young children to feel valued and respected as individuals.

The ECC program serves children 18 months to 6 years old, preschool through transitional kindergarten. We believe in a play based, child centered curriculum where children learn experimentally by interacting with their environment. Children are encouraged to explore, work as a group, solve problems, and handle frustrations in ways that enhance self-esteem. Important tasks such as transition, communication, socialization and language acquisition are dealt with individually and respectfully.

Lovingly Jewish

The ECC follows the yearly cycle of the Jewish holidays. A positive Jewish identity is taught and encouraged through the observance of Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukah, Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Passover, Lag B’Omer and Shavuot. The Rabbis and Cantor participate with the children weekly, imparting the Jewish values of kindness, compassion and fairness. Each week is highlighted by the whole school Friday Kabbalat Shabbat celebration.

Learning Environment

Children are taught in small classes with a high ratio of adults to children, allowing for the optimum learning atmosphere. Daily activities include a balance of inside/outside, active/quiet, teacher directed/child-initiated and planned/emergent experiences. Specific curriculum areas are addressed daily: language acquisition, math, science, large and small motor experiences, dramatic play, music, dance, cooking, problem solving, social and emotional expression, comfort and free play opportunities. Classrooms are filled with a variety of hands-on materials, encouraging exploration and creativity. Outside specialists are brought in to enhance developmental learning. Weekly movement and music classes are offered.


The award winning teaching staff is highly experienced and trained in child development and early Jewish education. Our educators are warm, nurturing and deeply committed to teaching young children. Teachers participate in regularly scheduled education programs and CPR/First Aid Training. Their dynamic approach to teaching offers children a stimulating and rewarding school experience.


Every new family is made to feel welcome in our community. Children and parents are invited to visit the classroom before school starts. Prospective parents are encouraged to talk directly with the director, staff, and participating families. To help ease transition difficulty, it is important that a parent or other close adult be available to spend the first few days (or weeks) at school with their child. Potty training is not required for our youngest children.

Family ECC Interaction

We have found that a strong partnership between the family and our school creates successful and positive relationships for all involved. Through work with our parent association, Mishpaha, classroom participation, parent education workshops, and holiday celebrations, your lives and the life of your child will be enriched. In addition, the family is an integral part of the larger Temple community, Temple Adat Elohim.

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