Mission Statement and ECC Curriculum


The ECC at Shaaray Tefila embraces individuality and helps lead children on the magical journey of growth with respect towards personal development while regularly infusing Jewish values and traditions into classroom life. We provide a developmentally appropriate hands-on environment for every child.


Our program emphasizes the development of the whole child: intellectually, cognitively, socially, physically and spiritually. We develop our curriculum around the interests of the individual child and simultaneously infuse opportunities for specialists in nature, art, music and monthly social action experiences. Students learn about their rich Jewish heritage both in their classrooms and through weekly Shabbat celebrations with our Rabbi or Cantor, songs and stories.

Patty Goldstick- Director Of Early Childhood Center

For more information contact Patty Goldstick—Early Childhood Center Director.


The ECC can be reached at 914-307-0472.


Registration Information 2024-2025: HERE

View the Calendar HERE

Description of Our Classes

Young 2s (18 months by January 5)

This program was thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of young children, providing an opportunity for positive peer socialization in a group setting. With an intimate setting of two adults and just up to eight children, our separated Young 2s Class helps children learn to kindly interact with each other in a supportive and nurturing environment, and develop independence, confidence and communication skills. This class begins in January, and lays a foundation for a smooth transition into the ECC 2s program the following year. 

Children may attend 2 or 3 mornings a week,  9:30am -11:45am.


2’s Program (age 2 by December 1)

For many children, the 2s program is the first time they are in a classroom with their peers. Children learn to interact with each other in a supportive and nurturing environment laying a foundation for a smooth transition into a five-day a week 3s program the following year. Through play and modeling children learn to connect with others, create friendships and develop skills to communicate with adults other than their primary caregivers. These classes provide a happy learning environment that fosters confidence, independence and exploration.  The relationships that they build with their teachers and classmates aid with the process of separating from their parents or caregiver, while also fostering new friendships, relationships, and language development.

Children may attend 3 mornings a week or 5 mornings a week, Mondays through Fridays, from 9:15 am – 12pm.


3 Year Old’s Program (age 3 by December 1)

Children in the 3’s learn through engagement, experience and interaction. Children are encouraged to ask questions, experiment with new materials, solve problems and learn social skills. Cooperative and dramatic play, language enrichment, and positive social interaction are central to the program. The 3s program is filled with projects, activities, and explorations based on the interests of the children.  We encourage the children’s developing curiosity about their world and their enthusiasm for learning.  The role of the teachers is to guide the children through explorations and social interactions.

The school day consists of various activities including: free play, story time, morning meeting, snack, gross motor play, specials, and goodbye meeting. 

We introduce structured activities and discussions that are connected to the emergent curriculum through exposure to literature, cooking, science experiments, and games.  A variety of different books are read to the children and through this, language and ideas are developed and generated, resulting in rich discussions. 

The children learn about Judaic holidays through stories, cooking, and related projects.  They also participate in our school-wide mitzvah programs.

Mondays through Fridays, from 9:15 am – 12pm. All students are invited to stay for Lunch Bunch and Afternoon Adventure, which runs Mondays through Fridays from 12pm – 2pm. This program provides an opportunity for your child to delve into exciting educational opportunities after our morning school sessions each day.


4 Year Old’s Program (age 4 by December 1)

Our 4s program builds on the experiences from our 2s and 3s programs.  Emergent Curriculum, coupled with a clear working knowledge of the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core, enables us to ensure kindergarten readiness for our 4s students. Teachers guide the children through activities and social interactions and encourage their developing curiosity about their world and their enthusiasm for learning, emphasizing whole language immersion, problem solving, and cooperative learning experiences. 

Our 4s teachers provide rich experiences that allow the children to practice their ability to attend to and participate in group discussions, follow multi-step directions, and follow through with classroom routines and responsibilities.  The idea that children are part of a classroom community and with that comes specific responsibilities is something that each classroom works to help the children understand.

Within the emergent curriculum, the studies become more elaborate, last for longer periods of time, and incorporate kindergarten readiness skills.   We give our 4s students the confidence and experiences needed to make a smooth transition into a traditional kindergarten setting. 

Mondays through Fridays, from 9:15 am – 1pm. All students are invited to stay for Afternoon Adventure, which runs Mondays through Fridays from 1pm – 2:30pm. This program provides an opportunity for your child to delve into exciting educational opportunities after our morning school sessions each day.



Summer Fun at Shaaray

We offer a 6-week summer program for toddlers and preschoolers that is open to children enrolled in our regular school-year program as well as children who will join us only in the summer. Based in our classrooms, we offer a balance of outdoor play, water play, large and small-scale arts and crafts activities, sports, theme days and music, ultimately providing a nurturing summer experience for young children not quite ready for a full-day camp experience. 



Summer Fun: 2’s

Our 2-year-old program is a great introduction for children entering our 2s classrooms in the fall. The 3-day 2s meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:15 to 11:45. The 5-day 2s meet Monday - Friday from 9:15 -11:45. Please note this is a gentle separation program.








Summer Fun: 3’s & 4’s 

Our 3 and 4-year-old program meets Monday-Friday from 9:15 to noon with the option to stay until 1pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for extended fun. Brown bag lunch is sent from home and served daily at noon. We are nut-free and allergy-aware. 







Summer Fun Staff: 

All groups are led by trained early childhood professionals assisted by camp staff who join us for the summer. All of our indoor play spaces are fully air-conditioned.



Summer Shabbat At Shaaray

Each year we welcome you and your family to join us for our Summer Shabbat Series. Mid- June, July and August we hold shabbat under the stars with a variety of community dinners for you and your family to enjoy. 




For interest in Summer Fun please contact Debbie at dbelowich@templest.org


Parent's Association

The ECC is delighted to have an active Parents Association that organizes various events, activities, and fundraisers that aim to build community and support the ECC. Involvement in the Parents Association provides wonderful opportunities to connect with other parents, build lasting friendships, and contribute to the growth and development of our Temple Shaaray Tefila community.  Annual events include the Shopping Fundraiser, Dads and
Donuts, Mothers Day Tea and the Parents Night Out.