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Early Learning Center


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Welcome to The Early Learning Center (ELC)

at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County!


For more information about any of our programs, or for a tour, please call


or email sgarber@ohev.org.


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The ELC enjoyed sponsoring a Children’s Story Time at the Newtown Bookshop:


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

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    • 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.  We also have the LOWEST INFANT-TEACHER RATIOS in the area!
    • open year round to infants aged 12 weeks through children in Kindergarten (Enrichment only)
    • 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 DHS 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, Music, and special monthly entertainment .
    • a variety of after school clubs are offered during our extended late care program


Jewish identity is fostered through




  • rich and meaningful  focus on Shabbat, holidays, Jewish 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.
  • welcoming ELC families to actively participate in synagogue activities.
  • specific programming geared towards families with young children. 

Hanukkah in the Infant Center

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Wonderful Wednesday with Miss YoYo



Our learning environment features…

  • a newly resurfaced state-of-the-art playground that is NHSTA approved with separate preschool and older toddler play areas.
  • a dedicated infant and young toddler playground
  • areas where children are able to explore and play daily in the outdoor playground areas, weather permitting.
  • a children’s garden in which we grow fresh fruits and vegetables for snack
  • classrooms that are bright and cheerful.

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Our staff are…

  • dedicated, experienced, and qualified educators who help students develop their own uniqueness.
  • a collaborative community of professionals.
  • nurturing and welcoming.
  • knowledgeable and educated.
  • always actively pursuing professional development  as required by DPW and Keystone Stars:
    • all staff participate throughout the year in continuing education workshops and conferences to ensure their knowledge and practice are up-to-date.
  • always encouraging socialization and emotional development that help foster lifelong friendships and relationships.
  • proud to maintain strong relationships with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit Staff and Early Intervention Specialists.

    Our classes…

  • offer inclusive community environments that encourage differentiated learning opportunities and accommodations.
  • Infant Center – ages 12 weeks through 12 months



  • Young Toddlers – ages 13 – 23 months

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  • Older Toddlers – 24 – 35 months

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  • Preschoolers – 3 year olds


  • Pre-Kindergarten – 4 year olds

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  • Kindergarten Enrichment - children 5 and 6 years of age who are enrolled in a half day Kindergarten program come to the ELC in the afternoon. We offer transportation for these children as well!

We have a very active parent’s organization…


  • 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.

Our preschoolers had a Pajama Day, and learned all about hibernation!


We offer Creative Movement for all classes!


Meet our staff:

  • Susan Garber - sgarber@ohev.org
  •  Director at the Early Learning Center at Ohev Shalom
  • With the ELC since January of 2015
  • Ronit Palatnik – rpalatnik@ohev.org
  • Office Administrator at the Early Learning Center at Ohev Shalom
  • With the ELC since March of 2015

Tuition information…

  • Please call our school office at 215-322-9583 or email our Director of the Early Learning Center, Susan Garber at sgarber@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.

We are a Keystone Stars Participant.

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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 sgarber@ohev.org.