The role of the young child is to grow physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially. Children learn by doing, touching, tasting, hearing, smelling and seeing things that are interesting to them. With this in mind, Shomrei Torah Synagogue's Early Childhood Education Center (STS ECEC) provides activities and experiences that are concrete, real and relevant to children's lives. In our classrooms, you can expect to find books, poems, songs, pictures, charts and labels about the experiences children have had at home as well as at school.
Children begin to understand their world through play. In our classrooms, you will see children dressing up, building with blocks, playing with clay or play dough, painting, talking, asking questions and telling and reenacting stories.
STS ECEC offers a variety of programs for children birth through five years old. Our program provides a learning environment, which permits children to grow physically, socially, cognitively and emotionally at a pace and in a manner that is uniquely suited to the individual child. Our school's developmental-interactive approach provides our children with a sense of security and community through which they can develop meaningful interpersonal relationships, with both peers and adults.
Our children are introduced to Jewish living through the symbols and stories of the Jewish holidays. The Jewish calendar provides an endless variety of songs, food, fragrances and ritual objects, which create wonderful learning opportunities. We celebrate Shabbat, birthdays and life cycle events as a community every Friday morning.
The STS ECEC is staffed with trained early childhood educators. Each member of our school faculty is sensitive to the needs of our children and their families and has a strong commitment to quality Jewish education.
We welcome and encourage parent participation in our program and consider our partnership with parents pivotal in shaping and enriching children's early childhood experience.