Temple Emanuel

Early Childhood Development Center

Experience the joy of learning!

Register now for 2018-19!

Did you know that ECDC offers?

  •       A curriculum inspired by Reggio Emilia
  •       First Experience for children 14-26 month
  •       Classes for children 2 through 5
  •       Options of two to five half-days per week
  •       Full-day options for children 3 and older
  •       Flexible scheduling
  •       Kindergarten Enrichment for kindergartners
  •       Small class size of 10 children
  •       An outstanding teacher-child ratio of 1 to 5
  •       Art and music integrated in daily school life
  •       A warm and supportive environment
  •       A climate that fosters joy of learning

Please contact Iris Harlan

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 –

  • Kovod – Respect of self and others
  • Kehilah – Community
  • Simchat Limud – Joy of learning

We value diversity in our school and all are welcome.

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 shared experience.  It is our responsibility and privilege to offer those experiences in a thoughtful and welcoming way.

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 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.