Our learn-through-play curriculum balances concept and skill-building with interactive activities and creative play. Our teachers encourage children to have curiosity, confidence, and a joy of Jewish living, while partnering with parents to instill a love of learning and Jewish family life.
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) concepts are an integral part of the ECC curriculum. They are consistently incorporated into hands-on learning activities, such as Legos, architecture, math games and activities, and art projects. Through inquiry and play-based instruction, young learners are encouraged to think in different ways, preparing them with fundamental skills for kindergarten and beyond.
Play and exploration goes beyond the classroom in our three outdoor play spaces. Our Tour of Israel Playground—with elements named for Israeli landmarks—includes structures for climbing, balancing, and jumping, as well as a sandbox for imaginative play and riding toys for children to explore at their own pace. The Gan (Hebrew for garden) is our nature play area, where children can explore the world through both a scientific and Jewish lens. With areas comprised of natural materials to build with and climb on and others designed for creating music and movement, children establish early skills in science, math, and engineering while learning about nature and Jewish values. Our newest playground, Shalom Chaverim, is an inclusive space that stimulates our young children’s senses of touch, sight and hearing, as well as encouraging movement and balance. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills and social interaction.
We strive to make the ECC an inclusive community, where parents can take an active role in their children’s learning experience. Families are invited to participate in holiday celebrations and other activities throughout the year, and ongoing communication is an essential part of our commitment to provide quality care for each child. Teachers schedule conferences with parents twice a year to discuss each child’s progress and are also available for updates as needed.
—Rachel and Jon, WRT/ECC Parents