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Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

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Philosophy

Beth Emet's Early Childhood Center is a NAEYC accreditedNAEYC accredited nursery/preschool, for children ages 12 months to 5 years. Based on the belief that young children construct knowledge of the world by actively engaging with their surroundings, our teachers design classrooms that encourage children to experiment, discover and explore in a safe, stimulating Jewish environment. Whether it's comparing fruit at the science table in a sunny classroom, learning how colors blend while finger-painting, counting the candles for the Chanukah menorah, or negotiating the sharing of toys in the sensory table, teachers help young children become active learners and a part of a community.

Fostering a positive Jewish identity in young children is an integral component of our program as we seamlessly blend the richness of Jewish values, traditions, and holiday celebrations into our curriculum.

A successful preschool experience strengthens children's ability to be part of a group. As the children's social skills develop, they learn to become independent, responsible and cooperative members of a class. We work together to be active listeners and nurturing individuals who are caring, compassionate and empathetic.

Our Early Childhood Program embraces the entire family through family celebrations and parent education. Our staff is dedicated building partnerships with parents as we support the growth of each child and each family.

Curriculum

Our curriculum includes activities that are hands-on, developmentally appropriate, and frequently initiated by the children. A significant part of each morning is dedicated to free play. During this time children are encouraged to make choices, explore, create, socialize with their peers, and learn the art of problem-solving and negotiation. This is done with the support and facilitation of our experienced teachers. Every classroom has age-appropriate materials and equipment, allowing the children to investigate math, Jewish life, science, literacy and social studies at their own pace. Teachers provide structure, watching and listening carefully to determine the interests of each group, and then develop activities that build on these areas of interest. Judaism is woven into all our activities and introduces Jewish holidays and rituals through songs, literature, play, and art. An introduction to Hebrew, a love for Israel, and the teaching of Jewish values continually strengthen the children’s Jewish identity.

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