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Welcome to the Early Childhood Center (ECC) at Congregation Agudath Israel (CAI). We recognize the challenges of becoming a new parent and joining a new community. It is our hope we can make that experience as positive as possible by encouraging an atmosphere of friendship and acting as an extension of your home. Our experienced faculty is dedicated to planting the seeds that foster your child’s love of learning by not only preparing him/her for kindergarten, but for life. We are proud of both our full- and partial-day programs, which are designed to meet the needs of most families.

Thank you for considering us and we hope that you will become an integral part of our community.


Our Philosophy

Our early childhood program, which is inspired by the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, provides a warm and nurturing environment for  children. The program recognizes that children are eager to explore and learn, competent, resourceful, ready to collaborate, and full of wonder and delight.

Our interactive classroom environments stimulate all areas of a child’s development, including social, emotional, physical and cognitive. We seek to nurture a child’s curiosity and sense of community and cultivate a connection to Jewish values and traditions. Our families are partners in the work we do, joining with children and teachers to learn and celebrate Jewish life and learning.

Aigh quality education with an emphasis
on play-based learning
Development of lifelong friendships
An introduction to Jewish values, including
tzadakah (charity), kavod (respect) and
tikkun olam (repairing the world)
Celebration of holidays and life cycle
events in a comfortable and welcoming
environment for children and their families
Providing our families with a full-day
Jewish learning experience beyond the
constraints of traditional pre-school hours

Outdoor Learning

June 24,2024 /  18 Sivan 5784