The E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center is an exciting place for young children and their families. Through a child-centered approach our children are given the opportunity to grow, to be curious, to explore their environment, and to become independent learners. Our large preschool classrooms and spacious playground afford our children the opportunity to exercise their minds and bodies and to thrive in a nurturing, respectful atmosphere.
Each child’s strengths, needs, and interests are addressed through an integrated Judaic and secular curriculum that is developmentally appropriate. The teachers serve as attentive facilitators while the children manipulate their surroundings and make their own discoveries and observations about their place in the world. Daily activities include: creative play, physical movement, music, art, meeting times for conversations with children in smaller and larger groups, language development, Hebrew, computer, math, science, cooking, and – of course – interaction with other children. The children learn about Jewish customs and values, traditions of Jewish life, and Israel. We celebrate weekly with the Rabbis and Cantors at our Kabbalat Shabbat program as well as at other holiday celebrations throughout the year.
We offer superior daycare in an enriching and nurturing environment for children from 10 weeks to 18 months of age. Infant Care is a 12-month program with hours from 7 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday. Part-time options are available. The ratio of teachers to infants is 1:3 with a maximum of six infants per class.
The infant care curriculum is individualized and nurtures the social and emotional, language, cognitive, physical, and creative development of each child. Our teachers help infants explore, discover and learn about their new world. In addition to the requisite feeding, diapering, and napping, a typical day includes singing, reading, playing, and stroller rides outside. As babies grow older, they are introduced to developmentally appropriate art projects. Jewish learning starts in infancy and babies who are not napping join the rest of the school at Kabbalat Shabbat services on Friday mornings.
Children from 18 months to approximately two years old attend our Toddler Program. The Toddler Program's hours are 7 AM to 6 PM. The ratio of teachers to toddlers is 1:3 with a maximum of nine children per class.
Our developmentally-appropriate toddler curriculum focuses on social and emotional skills, language, and cognitive, physical, and creative development. Our teachers help children to learn about themselves, relate to others, and explore and learn about their world. Our day includes pre-reading and pre-writing activities. Art supplies are always available and children have the opportunity to create authentic art related to their interests, seasons, holidays, and scientific concepts (e.g., texture, mixing colors). Children also experience Judaism and Jewish life through songs, stories, and hands-on projects. Every day, children enjoy physical activities indoors and outdoors on our beautiful playground.
Our preschool welcomes children ages 2—4. The school year begins the last week in August and runs through the first week in June. Our hours are from 7 AM until 6 PM. Part-time options are available.
For the Twos class, the ratio of teachers to children is 1:6 with a maximum of 12 children per class. For the Threes and Fours classes, the ratio of teachers to children is 1:10 with an average of 16 children per class.
Preschool is a time of enormous advances, and our developmentally-appropriate curriculum supports children as they acquire many skills. Our focus is on social and emotional growth, language, and cognitive, physical, and creative development. Children are encouraged to become self-aware in order to relate to other children and adults, to express thoughts and ideas, and to explore and learn mathematical and scientific concepts. They use and develop large and small muscles as they play outdoors and indoors every day. Pre-reading opportunities enable children to acquire the skills necessary for kindergarten. Because art supplies are always available, children have the opportunity to create art related to their interests, seasons, holidays, and scientific concepts. Children also experience Judaism and Jewish life through songs, stories, and hands-on projects.
Our Summer Experience is designed especially for children between 18 months and 4 years of age. Our child-directed program emphasizes art, music, science, cooking, creative movement, and lots of outdoor play. The summer experience is staffed by qualified, experienced teachers who provide a nurturing and enriching atmosphere for our young children.