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ECC: The place your child should be

02/02/2020 11:45:05 AM


Ellyn Weisz, Early Childhood Center Director

At the Early Childhood Center (ECC) here at Beth Tikvah, we believe that each child is special and unique, coming to school with their own set of experiences, feelings and characteristics. We understand and recognize that each child needs a safe and secure environment in which to learn, thrive and grow. With this in mind, we provide a warm, enriched and developmentally appropriate environment tailored to meet the needs of each child with his/her own abilities and talents. To further enhance each child's growth, our qualified teachers establish relationships with the children and their parents as part of our efforts to promote open communication between families and staff. This serves as a key to a successful early childhood experience for each child.

The Beth Tikvah ECC integrates both secular and Judaic values in our curriculum through traditions and themes. We believe that it is important for children to be instilled with these concepts. Also as part of our philosophy, we believe that each child should be respected for who they are. Therefore, we integrate their ideas and input into our daily class work to give importance to their cognitive skills. While doing this, our teachers ensure that every child's interest and learning style is appreciated and nurtured. Our day is a balance of structured and unstructured discovery time, which is important for the child's brain development.

In the ECC, we provide a caring environment that encourages children to develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and cognitively. Our children are able to visit the sanctuary, play on a beautiful and secure playground, use an indoor large motor room, and experience the classroom environment to gain exposure to the idea of bringing Jewish values to life during their time in the class with us. There is an option of an extended day, beginning immediately following preschool with lunch and an enrichment class.

To ensure the quality of our program, we hold and maintain an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) license, a certificate of Food Handlers training, and First Aid and CPR certificates. Our school was chosen to be part of CEELI, The Chicago Early Engagement Learning Initiative, as well as being part of the Chicago Jewish Directors Council.

While many preschool programs insist your child must be toilet trained to attend their school, no child must be toilet trained to attend the ECC.

If you are looking for daycare, several of our ECC parents have used a local home day care provider that drives children to our school, and picks them up when school is over.

These parents would be happy to talk to you about their experiences there.

Please feel free to email me at or call me at (847)885-4545 x107 for more information or to schedule a tour. I look forward to meeting you and your child.

Ellyn Weisz

ECC Director



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