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Congregation Beth Shalom

Beth Shalom Early Learning Center

Congregation Beth Shalom of Pittsburgh’s Early Learning Center provides a secure, warm setting for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers throughout the day, year round. We offer fully equipped modern facilities, including a playground, full-sized gym, and Reggio Emilia-Inspired Art Studio.

Community Day School

Community Day School Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program at CDS provides a warm and nurturing environment where children can learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally while enjoying a vibrant Jewish experience.

Hillel Academy

Hillel Academy Early Childhood

The Isadore Joshowitz Early Childhood Center at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh is a warm, nurturing, and inclusive environment committed to the individual development of each child. Through an array of social and academic offerings, your child will experience an unparalleled education guided by Torah values and best practices.

Jewish Community Center South Hills

JCC Early Childhood Development Center – South Hills

The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) at the South Hills JCC is a “home away from home” for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. At ECDC, you can trust that your child is safe, secure and appropriately challenged, nurtured by professionals who encourage your child to grow and thrive.

Jewish Community Center Squirrel Hill

JCC Early Childhood Development Center – Squirrel Hill

Children grow and thrive in a program enriched with language, reading, math, science, art, music and fun. We believe that discovery and play are young children’s most important “work,” preparing them for the academic and life challenges ahead.

Rodef Shalom Congregation

Rodef Shalom Family Center Preschool

Rodef Shalom Preschool is a warm, nurturing and supportive environment that provides for all areas of a child’s development – physical, emotional, social and cognitive – through an integrated approach to learning.

Temple Emanuel of South Hills

Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Development Center

Temple Emanuel has offered high quality early childhood programming for 60 years. As one of the largest preschool programs in Pittsburgh and the surrounding suburbs, we offer a wide range of flexible services to our community.

Temple Ohav Shalom

Temple Ohav Shalom Center for Early Learning

Temple Ohav Shalom Center for Early Learning is an early childhood program which is guided by Jewish values and inspired by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia schools. We welcome all families into our preschool community.

Yeshiva Girls' School

The Early Learning Center at Yeshiva

The Early Learning Center at Yeshiva strives to create a foundation of love for Hashem and His Torah through joyful and meaningful Jewish experiences in which children grow and flourish. Our goal is to provide the best in contemporary early childhood education, fostering creative thinking and problem solving.

Articles of Interest

The Many Faces of Jewish Early Childhood Education

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | December 11, 2018

The Director of Early Childhood Education at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh suggests that Jewish early childhood programs are an antidote to the intolerance and xenophobia. Read the full article on eJewishPhilanthropy.com

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New Network of Studio Educators Formed

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 20, 2018

As part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s ongoing commitment to excellence in Jewish early childhood education, a new peer-to-peer professional network of six Studio Educators from our Pittsburgh JECEI/Bonim Beyachad early childhood education centers has been formed. Studio Educators from Beth Shalom, Community Day School, Squirrel Hill JCC, Temple Emanuel, Temple Ohav Shalom…

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The Jewish Nature of Reggio Emilia Early Childhood Education

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 13, 2018

Our community’s nine Pittsburgh JECEI/Bonim Beyachad early childhood education centers continue to find inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach and its deep connections to Judaism. Dr. Gabe Goldman, one of the Federation’s Pittsburgh JECEI/Bonim Beyachad consultants and Director of Outdoor Jewish Classroom, draws upon his experiences in uncovering some of these connections in his recent…

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Early Childhood Education Through a Jewish Lens

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | December 6, 2017

Twelve local Jewish early childhood educators from a wide range of Pittsburgh institutions attended a study seminar, Exploring Reggio through a Jewish Lens, in Italy in October.   Read about it in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle…  

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Jewish Federation Launches Marketing and Customer Service Seminars for Early Childhood Education Professionals

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | November 15, 2017

As part of the Federation’s ongoing commitment to excellence in Jewish early childhood education, this week we launched a targeted professional development course to help early childhood education centers and their host institutions strengthen their knowledge and skills in recruitment and customer service practices. This four-part seminar with visiting marketing consultant, Julie Wassom, is being…

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Early Childhood Professionals Arrive in Italy

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | October 23, 2017

Our Pittsburgh Cohort has safely arrived in Italy and has joined 51 other Jewish early childhood educators from Boston, Chicago, District of Columbia, Israel and Maryland. To help frame our time together in Reggio Emilia, yesterday, we were given a walking tour of the city and learned more about its rich history by parent volunteers…

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Early Childhood Professionals Prepare for Seminar in Italy

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | October 10, 2017

On October 19th, a cohort of 12 Jewish early childhood professionals, led by Carolyn Linder, Federation’s Director of Early Childhood Education met to discuss their journey for a 10-day seminar in Italy, exploring the Reggio Emilia Approach through a Jewish Perspective. This unique experience will focus on the professional growth of the participants as they…

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Pittsburgh’s Jewish Early Childhood Education is Growing

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | July 17, 2017

Jewish Life and Learning’s own Caroyln Linder writes in eJewishPhilanthropy about our ongoing work enhancing the quality and impact of Jewish early childhood education in Pittsburgh. Read the full story in eJewishPhilanthropy.com   Or online at the Jewish Theological Seminary  

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