Early Childhood Center
“Our schools must do what non-religious schools have failed to accomplish; to convey to the student a sense for the marvel and mystery of being alive, a sense of indebtedness as well as a sense of significant being, an awareness of holiness in time, the capacity for celebration, the ability to hold God and humanity in one thought at one time.” —Abraham Joshua Heschel, Idols in the Temples
- Our Mission
- Tours & Applications
- ECC Team
IKAR’s Early Childhood Center (ECC) was built, in the language of Heschel, with the dual mission of cultivating the minds and celebrating the spirits of our children. The ECC is built around core Jewish values and based upon philosophies inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. We aim to nurture gratitude, humility, and social responsibility in our children, families, and staff. The ECC also provides a loving and engaging environment in which our children’s physical, social, emotional, cognitive, creative, and spiritual growth is supported and their individuality respected.
Open to children ages 2-5 years, and we offer a variety of schedule options.
Affiliated with BJE.
IKAR’s Early Childhood Center (ECC) offers a developmental, hands-on curriculum embracing the following five components:
• Introduction to conversational, written, and liturgical Hebrew
• Reggio-Emilia inspired Emergent Learning
• A respectful, reciprocal relationship with our sister community in Katira, Uganda
• A commitment to Tikkun Olam – learning to repair and care for the planet
Additionally, we offer:
• Weekly Shabbat celebrations with our rabbi and hazzan
• Weekly visits with specialists including music, fine art, gardening, and drumming
• Afternoon enrichment classes including Mad Science, sports, cooking, and mindful martial arts
• Early Care and Late Stay schedules
• Optional kosher vegetarian hot lunch prepared on campus
And so much more! We can’t wait to meet your family!
The IKAR Early Childhood Center (ECC) is currently giving tours and accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year for children ages 2-5.
We are excited to show you around. Space is limited on our tours so we can get to know you better.
Thank you! We look forward to meeting you.
Contact our leadership team at [email protected] for more information.
Dr. Jane Rosen, ECC Director
Beth Weisman, ECC Director of Parenting and Admissions
Gabrielle Romero, Operations & Office Manager
The best way I can describe to you the way we feel about our experience with the ECC is in the form of feeling. From our daughter’s first day in Ahava to her graduation ceremony from Neshama there has been a consistent and resonant feeling of warmth, trust, community, and a deeply felt joy in the thriving of children and the honoring of their beings. We experienced these feelings throughout our child’s time at the ECC, we felt it every time we were at the school, in the presence of the loving and dedicated teachers, among the kids playing, creating, learning, laughing. The ECC was the beginning of our daughter’s journey in education and she loved it. For that, we will always be deeply grateful. — Jill & Mark
The IKAR ECC has been the loving, supportive, creative place that we couldn’t have ever dreamt up for our daughter. It has brought such joy and wonder to her, and such community and friendship to our lives that we can’t imagine the last few years without it. We’re excited to get another three years at the ECC when our son starts next year! — Betsy & Joel
Contributions to IKAR’s Early Childhood Center (ECC) enable us to enhance the Jewish education experience for our young IKARites and instill a deep love of learning, Judaism, and justice. Your contribution directly benefits our ECC children. Thank you for your generosity.