OVERVIEW

Our Programs at a Glance

Early Care             

7:45 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. and then children are taken to class

Two-Year-Olds       

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Three-Year-Olds

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (children who nap)

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (children who do not nap)

Four-Year-Olds

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Aftercare

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (children who do not nap)

Enrichment Schedule Coming Soon!

Approach and Curriculum

Kehillat Israel’s Early Childhood Center offers proven teaching methods and practices, paired with immersion in a thriving Jewish community.

Our Big Ideas

Differentiated and highly intentional educational experiences are the best preparation for kindergarten and beyond. In addition, we believe in nurturing ideas and exploration that comes from the children themselves — an emergent curriculum.

Jewish values and traditions provide a strong foundation for identity, a sense belonging and lifelong learning.

Learning and teaching should be meaningful, inspiring, fun and exciting!

Inquiry-Based Learning

Asking questions and celebrating curiosity and wonder is inherently a part of our Jewish tradition.

Questions take us to wonderful places and result in impactful learning experiences. Inquiries lead to exploration, using the building blocks to develop skills in science, math, problem-solving, language development and the arts.

Kehillat Israel

Kehillat Israel is a Reconstructionist congregation. Reconstructionists define Judaism as more than a religion. We believe in the equality of men and women. We see God as the power that infuses all creation with transcendance and inspires us to improve the world and ourselves. We believe that Judaism is an evolving religious civilization reflecting peoplehood, community, history, the arts and ethics.

Honoring the Child – B’tzelem Eloheim

We respect and honor the spark of the Divine in every child.

Children are capable, competent and curious. Choices give children practice in taking risks and forming hypotheses about the world around them.

Children are introduced to artistic, musical, scientific, mathematical and language acquisition in fun, organic ways to develop a love for learning.

Storytelling – Torah

We honor our children’s own stories and their family’s stories, with the same respect we have for the story of the Jewish people. These stories help children construct awareness, self-image and knowledge of the world around them.

Social Development – Hessed

We encourage our early learners to reflect on their feelings, search for creative ways to solve problems and to practice acts of kindness.

Service Learning – Tikkun Olam, Tzedakah

We are inspired by the social justice goals of our tradition and helping families to raise their children in an environment of service to others. Schoolwide projects reinforce the idea that even young children can make a difference.

Collaboration – Brit

We are respectful and understanding that families are able to commit to different levels of involvement within the school. We partner with parents to ensure a supportive and educational environment that works for parents and children alike.

Our Learning Community

Our preschool classes are an integral part of our lifelong learning community.

We highly value our teachers, seek the very best in professional development and empower them to be creative and impactful in their classrooms.

Our Learning Environment

Kehillat Israel is proud to announce our newly renovated Childhood Education Center opening September 2017. We consulted cutting edge research in early learning environments to create a space that is organic, calm and an open canvas with plenty of space to display children’s art. Color is used very intentionally to provide a neutral background with a few well-chosen accents and multiple textures to create interest. Light is used to create an environment of playfulness, ambiance and relaxation. Hardwood floors are natural and soft for little feet!

If you are interested in applying for September 2017, architect renderings are available through the summer. We look forward to welcoming our entire community to an open house and celebration in the fall!

Why Jewish Preschool?

“Life becomes infinitely more meaningful and worthwhile when lived in community.”

– Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan

Building the Foundation

Play-based activities such as art, storytelling, imaginative play and cooking are used to enhance your child’s early years and help our youngest learners to experience: the joy of Shabbat, the awe and self reflection of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, the environmentalism of Tu B’Shevat, the spirit of Purim, the meaning of Passover, and the pride of Israel’s Independence Day.

Our Graduates

Kehillat Israel ECC is a gateway to a journey of Jewish experience. Over 95% of ECC graduates attend our Jewish Experience Center (religious school). ECC graduates establish friendships that continue as they study together and prepare for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. The concepts and Jewish values that are introduced in the ECC are enriched and revisited in the Jewish Experience Center through a scaffolding curriculum.

After their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, ECC graduates go on to travel to Israel together, attend social action trips where they lobby congressional leaders or plant community gardens in New Orleans, and serve as members of teen philanthropy boards. Children from our ECC are friends for life. As a teen who once attended our school recently stated, “It is so awesome that when I go to Rosh HaShanah and everyone knows my name”.

When your child is accepted at our ECC, your family will establish connections to a larger congregational community that serves your family at every stage of family life. These connections provide wisdom and support as you navigate the toddler years, elementary, middle and high school choices and transitions, summer camp decisions, the teen years, preparing (and leaving) for college and beyond.

We look forward to welcoming you to the joys of Jewish community!