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Welcome to The Early Learning Center (ELC)

at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County!

KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION SESSION!

TUESDAY JANUARY 13th 

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Learn about our state-certified full day kindergarten program!

 Call 215-322-9583 for more information!

The Early Learning Center celebrated Hanukkah as a community through song and food:

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We are a Keystone Stars Participant.

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The Early Learning Center at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County is…

  • an established and respected early learning institution located in Ohev Shalom of Bucks County, a conservative Jewish institution, in Richboro, PA.
  • more than just a synagogue pre-school program.  Our premier infant center is the only Jewish child care establishment of its kind in Bucks County and the surrounding area.
  • enrollment in our learning center is open year round to infants aged 12 weeks through Kindergarten.
  • a flexible program offering both full time and part time schedules plus an option that is geared towards working parents, allowing a child to attend from 7:00am through 6:00pm five days a week (Friday until 5:00pm in observance of Shabbat).
  • proud to be DPW certified and a level 2 participant in Keystone Stars, Pennsylvania’s child care quality assurance program.

Our curriculum is…

  • based on the research-based model “Creative Curriculum.
  • innovative and comprehensive.
  • a framework that helps educators facilitate learning that best meets the needs of their children and families.
  • developmentally appropriate.
  • flexible, allows teachers to follow the direction of the students by honoring, promoting and fostering creativity.
    • this ideology empowers students and teachers to focus on the whole child while empowering social and academic success.
    • each age level focuses on topics that are relevant to the lives of our children.   All of our levels teach to the Pennsylvania State Standards using unique and creative methods.
    • literacy, science, social studies, mathematics, and the arts are part of the everyday culture in the ELC.
    • supplementary programs that further enrich our students such as Mad Science, Library and Music.

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Jewish identity is fostered through…

  • rich, meaningful and Jewish focus on Shabbat, holidays, customs and values.
  • the teaching of brachot (blessings) and t’fillot (prayers).
  • 20 minute bi-weekly Hebrew-based learning opportunity called Hebrew Through Movement for students in preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten:
    • students learn modern Hebrew using total physical response, a technique that focuses on language development and movement.
  • being welcomed into the Ohev Shalom synagogue community.
  • students with their families always encouraged to actively participate in synagogue activities.
  • specific programming geared towards families with young children. 

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Our learning environment features...

  • a newly resurfaced state-of-the-art playground is NHSTA approved and a separate infant and toddler play area.
  • areas where children are able to explore and play daily in the outdoor playground areas, weather permitting.
  • classrooms that are bright and cheerful.

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Our staff is…

  • dedicated, experienced, nurturing and qualified educators who help students develop their own uniqueness.
  • identified as a community.
  • nurturing and welcoming.
  • knowledgeable and qualified.
  • actively pursuing professional development  as required by DPW and Keystone Stars:
    • teachers and assistant teachers participate yearly in continuing education workshops, to ensure their knowledge and practice are up-to-date.  Workshops are sponsored by the State and Jewish organizations/institutions such as Jewish Learning Venture.
  • always encouraging socialization and emotional development and help foster lifelong friendships and relationships.
  • proud to be an inclusive community and we encourage differentiated learning opportunities and accommodations in all our classrooms.
  • proud to maintain a strong relationship with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and Early Intervention.

    Our classes…

  • Infant Center – ages 12 weeks through 12 months

  • Young Toddlers – ages 13 – 23 monthsIMG_0870

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  • Older Toddlers – 24 – 35 months

  • Preschoolers – 3 year olds, 4 year olds/PreKindergarten

  • Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrichment

Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrichment visited the Richboro Shop N’ Bag to shop for items for the ELC’s Thanksgiving Feast and learn about Kosher foods!

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We have a very active parent’s organization…

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  • PTO supports the school, teachers, students and parents.
  • Sponsors school-wide programs and fundraising events including hot lunch, book fairs, holiday celebrations and more!
  • Valuable resource to the community.

Meet our administrative team…

  • Jacquelyn Siegeljsiegel@ohev.org
    • Director of the Early Learning Center.
    • many years education experience.
    • Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership plus a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Development and Education.
    • spent several years in a public school classroom before becoming a Kindergarten teacher in a Jewish setting.
    • joined the Ohev Shalom school community in 2011 as the Infant Room Director.
    • In 2013 she was named Interim Director and was permanently appointed Director effective July 1, 2014.
  • Barbara Glickmanbglickman@ohev.org
    • Assistant Director
    • holds a CDA, a BS in Psychology and studied at an accredited MBA program.
    • spent seven years in the classroom as a toddler teacher prior to assuming the role of assistant director.
    • Barbara is also the ELC’s Hebrew and Creative Movement Specialist.

Tuition information…

  • Please call our school office at 215-322-9583 or email our administrative assistant Rachel Blum at rblum@ohev.org.
  • Pricing is competitive and customized, depending on your child’s schedule.
  • We offer year-round care.
  • Flexible scheduling for both working and non-working parents.
  • Our program is age and developmentally appropriate.
  • We are happy to work with you to determine the best fit for you and your child’s needs.

Our school-wide Thanksgiving celebration and feast was amazing!  All students, infants through Kindergarten joined together and participated in song and celebration!

 

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Ohev Shalom celebrates the uniqueness of each individual and welcomes diversity within our sacred community.

For more information about any of The Early Learning Center’s programs, please call                   215-322-9583 or email schoolsecretary@ohev.org.