Temple Emanuel ECDC’s mission is for every child to experience the joy of learning.

We offer children the opportunity to play and learn together in a collaborative environment where educators support and guide children in their exploration and discovery. Children learn to be part of a classroom community, build social awareness, and develop Kindergarten Readiness skills. Our Reggio Emilia-inspired approach means that our content is targeted to the interests and wonderings of the learners in the classroom.


“Reggio” is not a model to be copied, rather it is a philosophy to be studied. Each and every school that draws inspiration from Reggio is unique, based on the strengths, values and needs of the community. At ECDC we:

  • Prepare the classroom/environment to inspire curiosity
  • Introduce topics, themes, questions, conversations and materials
  • Watch and listen carefully for children’s responses
  • Allow time to support and extend those responses
  • Document the learning process to ensure that important conversations and experiences can be revisited and extended
  • Invite dialogue with parents to support and extend learning
  • Invite parent feedback to support continual improvement
  • Strive to embed our core values in daily life and decision-making

Being part of a group—interacting with one another, sharing, expressing oneself through words and sitting at meeting time—is the most important aspect of kindergarten readiness. In addition, it is important for children to learn basic skills such as color and shape identification, counting, letter and sound recognition and printing.

Using the Pennsylvania Learning Standards to steer us, academic skills are woven into topics and projects. Experienced teachers recognize that daily school life offers countless opportunities to stretch literacy and numeracy skills.  For example, the scribble of a two year old can lead to shared experiences in drawing curved and straight lines; in movement activities “to mimic” hand motions; and in conversation that includes new descriptive vocabulary.  Likewise, for a somewhat older child, the discovery of a millipede on the playground can lead to researching various types of “myriapoda” (countless feet) and perhaps making clay models. Like the feet of the millipede, the examples are countless. 

What Are Our Core Values?
  • Hachnasat Orchim – Welcoming
  • Kehillah – Community
  • Kavod – Respect
  • Tzedakah – Sharing
  • Simchat Limud – Joy of Learning

The Hebrew terms tie our common values to Jewish teachings and add meaning from which we can learn as a community.