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H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy

The H. F. Epstein Hebrew Academy is a child-centered Orthodox Jewish preschool and day school, dedicated to educating Jewish children in Torah and general studies and nurturing children’s love for Israel and the Jewish people. Our Early Childhood division is a Reggio Emilia-inspired “hands-on” educational center, driven by student-led learning. Together we focus on emergent-literacy & writing, Torah & brachot, science & nature – taught through experiential activities driven by natural curiosity.

Contact: Rabbi Yaakov Green, Head of School

 

 

B’nai Amoona Early Childhood Center

The B’nai Amoona Early Childhood Center is dedicated to providing outstanding programming. We emphasize Jewish life and values in a caring, developmentally appropriate, and stimulating environment. Partnering with parents and community volunteers, our goal is to provide our students with a strong academic and social foundation that encourages a lifelong love of learning.

Deutsch Early Childhood Center

Affiliated Congregation: Temple Israel

DEUTSCH EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

ABOUT DEUTSCH EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
Since 1985, Deutsch Early Childhood Center (DECC) – Congregation Temple Israel’s preschool – has been certified by the Missouri Board of Voluntary Accreditation for Early Childhood Education as  preschool adhering to the highest standards of early childhood education. DECC builds relationships that foster each child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth in a safe and nurturing Jewish community and offers a variety of programs for parents and their children from age 6 months through Pre-Kindergarten.

CURRICULUM
Our certified teachers and specialists engage children in activities that inspire experimentation and stimulate students to recognize problems and create solutions. Students develop positive self-esteem through a wide variety of hands-on activities which encourage play, develop natural curiosity, stimulate creative thinking, and encourage empathy for and acceptance of peers and adults.

Children will participate in art, music, cooking, Hebrew, Spanish, and movement. DECC also has a fabulous science room that promotes investigative learning, as well as a nature room with guinea pigs, bunnies, and more.

Throughout each child’s Jewish preschool education, they will celebrate Shabbat and holidays with the Rabbis and with their peers at in-school Tot Shabbat services and classroom celebrations. They will learn Jewish songs and prayers and help to make and taste traditional Jewish foods, as well as enjoy their very own Passover Seder.

Contact: Leslie Wolf, Education Director

The J’s Early Childhood Center

Chesterfield

The J’s Early Childhood Center provides quality care and education that embraces the development of your child – mind, body and soul. Children participate in a variety of child-centered, developmentally appropriate activities that support their academic and social growth including: science, swimming, sports, yoga, intergenerational connections and more, while experiencing the Jewish holidays, traditions and values in a meaningful and relevant way.  The J’s ECC enrolls children 6 weeks through Pre-K and provides flexible schedules in two convenient locations.

Open Monday-Friday, 7:00 am-6:00 pm

Contact: Debi Porfidio, Site Director

Address: 16801 Baxter Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005

Telephone: 314-442-3450

Email: dporfidio@jccstl.org

Websitehttps://jccstl.com/early-childhood/

 

Creve Coeur

The J’s Early Childhood Center provides quality care and education that embraces the development of your child – mind, body and soul. Children participate in a variety of child-centered, developmentally appropriate activities that support their academic and social growth including: science, swimming, sports, yoga, intergenerational connections and more, while experiencing the Jewish holidays, traditions and values in a meaningful and relevant way.  The J’s ECC enrolls children 6 weeks through Pre-K and provides flexible schedules in two convenient locations.

Open Monday-Friday, 7am – 6pm

Contact: Jody Rubin and Ellen Scholten, Co-Directors

Address: 2 Millstone Campus Dr. St. Louis, MO 63146

Telephone: 314-442-3224

Email: jrubin@jccsstl.org and escholten@jccstl.org

Website: https://jccstl.com/early-childhood/ 

Torah Prep Early Childhood

The goal of our Early Childhood Program is to help every child gain a sense of self, a sense of being a part of the Jewish People, a love for Torah, and the characteristics of a self-initiated lifelong learner. To accomplish this aim, we have developed a unique program called Mentch in the Making that is research based and scaffolded so that children enter Kindergarten with critical skills in all developmental areas, from academic to emotional to social.

The Torah Prep Early Childhood environment is modeled after the healthy family, where every member is cherished and expected to contribute. Throughout each school day, there are a myriad of opportunities for the children, with the support of their Morah, to make decisions, take initiative, problem solve, and collaborate with their peers. Our program is built around the premise that play is the work of children. By observing our young students “at work” — whether at the crafts table, on the playground, or in the reading center — our teachers can glean volumes about the child’s skill level across many developmental areas. At Torah Prep, no year is the same: our teachers are always responding to the particular needs of their students, both as individuals and as a group. The passion that our exemplary teachers exude is contagious, and is usually the first thing visitors notice when they tour our school.

Contact: Mrs. Chanie Wasser, Director

Shirlee Green Preschool at Congregation Shaare Emeth

Affiliated Congregation: Congregation Shaare Emeth

Learning about nature extends throughout the Shirlee Green Preschool curriculum.  SGP is the only Jewish preschool certified with an outdoor kitah (classroom) in the state of Missouri.  The garden, along with other centers in the outdoor kitah, allow the children to experiment and take safe risks.  Discovering the mysteries of bees and honey and maintaining a worm factory for composting teach the children knowledge about the world around them.  Nature furnishes the children with paint brushes in the form of twigs, leaves and flowers.  And what could be more magical than creating fairy gardens from organic materials found in nature to illicit special charms.

Contact: Karen Lucy – Director of Early Childhood Engagement

Kol Rinah Early Childhood Center (KRECC)

Affiliated Congregation: Kol Rinah

KRECC has been providing early childhood learning experiences for families living in the surrounding community for over 30 years. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment in order to encourage physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth for each child. Our curriculum is play-based and focuses on authentic learning; children participate in weekly enrichment programming, including music, art, science/outdoor learning, yoga, creative movement and social-emotional skills development. Jewish culture and values are infused into daily routines, with a special emphasis on learning about Jewish holidays, celebrating Shabbat and introducing the Hebrew language. We accept children from all backgrounds from 6 weeks through Pre-Kindergarten and enroll children year round as space becomes available.

Contact: Liz Collins and Elyse Picker, Co-Directors

Saul Spielberg Early Childhood Center

Affiliated Congregation: United Hebrew

We offer preschool education, child care and summer day camps for children ages six weeks through six years. The center is open year round, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am-6:00 pm. Our center provides many opportunities for children to develop their socialization, exploration, and creativity skills through a literacy based curriculum designed to meet your child’s intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs. We recognize that each child is a unique individual who learns and develops at his or her own pace. The teachers provide a curriculum that integrates developmentally appropriate Judaic and secular experiences while stimulating and challenging young minds.

Contact:  Lauren Lourie, Director of Early Childhood Engagement