Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Development Center

Did you know that ECDC offers?

  •       Programs for children ages one to six
  •       Full-day options for children 3 and older
  •       Small class size of 10 children
  •       An outstanding teacher-child ratio of 1 to 5
  •       Art, music, drama, and cooking
  •       A warm and supportive environment
  •       A climate that fosters love of learning

Please contact Iris Harlan, ECDC Director, (412-279-7687) to schedule a visit.


Dear Families,

IRIS-HARLAN-HEADSHOTTemple Emanuel Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) is based on fundamental Jewish and universal values including the unlimited potential of the child, caring for others and the joy of learning. At ECDC, respect of self and others is paramount. We value diversity in our school and all are welcome.

ECDC provides a warm and supportive environment where children can feel secure and develop healthy relationships. Learning takes place through a combination of child-initiated and teacher-initiated activities. ECDC recognizes that hands-on investigation is best practice for developing problem solving skills and love of learning.

As a recipient of a five-year grant, ECDC participates in the Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative. We benefit by working closely with mentors in the fields of Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, which has strongly influenced early childhood education in the United States and around the world. We choose the Reggio-inspired path because it resonates with our fundamental belief that children, educators, and families construct knowledge together through investigation and problem solving.

We therefore encourage your participation in any way that is meaningful to you. We hope to make it easy by offering  a variety of times and forums to take part. My door is always open and I welcome your feedback. Thank you for giving ECDC the opportunity to partner with you.

Iris Harlan, ECDC Director



Our Guiding Principles

Evan and William R with pumpkin plantSocialization and self-regulation are the foundation for healthy development and school readiness.

Pre-academic skill acquisition is embedded in all activities.

Art, music and movement are integrated into daily school life.

Hands-on investigation and open-ended exploration provide the foundation for learning.

Our immediate and natural environment offers unlimited opportunities for learning.

Collaboration among children, teachers, parents and school community is critical to the success of the learning process.

Problem solving is exercised when children have the opportunity to initiate ideas and experiment.

Close observation ensures that topics will be based on the interests of the children and relevant to the school community.