Welcome to The Early Childhood Center! We believe that children deserve early childhood experiences that develop their multi-faceted potential and increase their love of learning. Mutual respect between teachers, children and families are hallmarks of our school from its beginning in 1994. Jewish culture and identity are integrated into all aspects of the program. Shabbat and holidays are celebrated with music, cooking, arts & crafts and lots of fun.
Teachers build on the perceptual and cognitive powers of the children and experiences are provided to meet their needs and stimulate learning in all developmental areas – physical, social, emotional and intellectual. Each child is viewed as a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth and development. Different levels of ability, development and learning styles are expected, accepted and used to design appropriate activities.
Cooperative learning and the natural world are the lenses through which we view our play-based, academically rich curriculum. We focus on interpersonal interactions as well as fostering independence. We provide opportunities both indoors and outdoors with an emphasis on relevant experiential learning.
As early childhood professionals, our teachers bring their own unique energy and teaching styles to their rooms. Some of our staff have been with the ECC for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to teach several siblings! As a staff, we meet on an on-going basis to collaborate, plan, self-reflect and participate in professional development to maintain our knowledge of best practices in early childhood education.
Our Early Childhood Center Classrooms:
We provide bright, clean, well-provisioned and spacious classrooms. We offer active exploration with blocks, Math manipulatives, Science materials, Art supplies and dramatic play props. Language development is fostered through stories, songs, and a print-rich environment. Every day at the ECC offers children a variety of approaches to solving problems, creating work and developing social skills and strategies.
Our beautiful grounds are our outdoor classroom and add to our rich curriculum. Children plant and maintain our vegetable garden. Ecology and conservation are taught through our hands-on, interactive growers program. We develop children’s kinesthetic abilities through activities such as yoga, movement and ample use of our playground and grounds.