Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Development Center

Registration for school year 2020-21 begins January 21, 2020.

Scholarship applications are also available.

Please see the registration page.

Dear Families,

Welcome to Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Development Center (TE-ECDC). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to Experience the Joy of Learning with your family. It is a privilege to share in nurturing and supporting the growth of your children.

Our curriculum is infused with principles based on the Reggio Emilia approach to early education, a philosophy that has strongly influenced early education in the United States and around the world. We have completed our fourth year as a Pittsburgh Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative (PJECEI) school, supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. We benefit by working closely with mentors in the fields of Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. We choose the Reggio-inspired path because it resonates with our fundamental values, both Jewish and universal.

  • Kavod—Respect of self and others
  • Kehilah—Community
  • Simchat Limud—Joy of learning
  • Hachnasat Orchim – Welcoming
  • Tzedakah -Sharing with others


As families in the TE-ECDC community, we welcome you as members of our Parent Teacher Partnership. Our school calendar now includes open meetings between the Temple Emanuel ECDC Advisory Board and the Parent Teacher Partnership which means greater collaboration and a wider range of ways for each of you to participate.

Thank you for giving TE-ECDC the opportunity to partner with you.

Iris Harlan, TE-ECDC Director
Ellen Drook, TE-ECDC Assistant 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 and music 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.