Tots & Talk

-For children birth through 2 years old and their caregivers

Tots & Talk meets on Mondays from 9:00-11:30 in the ECDC Music Room.

Tots & Talk offers:

  • A wonderful opportunity for babies, toddlers and their adults to socialize
  • A wide range of materials for babies and toddlers to explore
  • Age-appropriate experiences with stories, song and movement
  • A chance to share information about child development and parenting

Tots & Talk is sponsored by Temple Emanuel, PJ Library, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the JCC


Twos, Three, Fours & Transition

painting water lillies davidECDC offers classes for Twos, Threes, Fours and Fives. Our class size is small with 10 children per group with one teacher and one assistant teacher. The small group enables our staff to provide each child with individualized support and attention. The adult to child ratio of 1 to 5 is well above the state standard of 1 to 10 for preschoolers. The daily schedule follows a consistent routine that includes snack, meeting circle and gym or playground time. Each group has special opportunities to explore art and music with the help of our art and music teachers, who are on staff. Plenty of time is spent in the classroom where the rooms are set up with interesting materials, including natural materials, to invite children to wonder and to test their theories in ever changing manner. Will a tower of three small blocks hold one larger heavy block? What if the block is large and light? With skillful facilitation of teachers, exploration allows for building cognitive, language, motor and social skills.

Children gain a complex set of skills as they progress through the preschool years, and in fact we maintain a detailed checklist of emerging skills for each child. It is our responsibility to provide a joyful experience for children where they can gain skills for success in kindergarten and beyond. It is important for children to acquire skills, including number and pre-reading skills, in meaningful ways and for real purposes. We therefore embed skill practice in everything that we do.

A note about school adjustment….

The ECDC teaching staff recognizes that two-year-olds and even older children need loving support to help them to separate from their parents and make a positive adjustment to school.  We offer several ways for children to become familiar with school, even before the first day. We also offer a gradual adjustment schedule based on individual child and family needs. Most important, we offer a warm and home-like environment where children can quickly feel welcome and comfortable.

Kindergarten Enrichment

The Kindergarten Enrichment class is offered to children who are currently attending a half-day kindergarten program.

Enrichment is the key of the program. Rather than an extension of kindergarten, the program offers an alternate learning environment based on investigation and discovery. In recent years we have explored a wide range of topics including circuitry, the orchestra and the skeletal system. Each year, though, is somewhat different as novel interests, questions and experiences are introduced to the group. Teachers, children and parents alike participate with a high level of collaboration and engagement.

Parents acclaim that their children are excited to come to Enrichment and that their children learn so much. Ongoing investigations are packed with language arts, math, science, social studies, music and movement. Opportunities to practice skills including vocabulary, fine motor, reasoning and socialization are embedded every day.

At Temple Emanuel ECDC we believe that learning comes through sharing of multiple perspectives. The Enrichment class practiced multiple perspectives when they drew upside down self-portraits in an attempt to understand the impact of outer space on their hair-dos!

Extended Day

ECDC offers programs to supplement your child’s preschool experience.

Extended Day AM and PM is offered from 8:00-9:00 am and from 3:15-4:00 pm for families who need child care at these extended times. Care is provided by a member of the ECDC teaching staff.

Children may stay for Lunch from 11:30 am -12:45 pm.

Let’s Explore! is an afternoon enrichment program for children ages 3-6 that offers flexibility for families who may choose a regular schedule of one to five afternoons or occasional use. Each afternoon of the week offers a different emphasis: Art, Nature, Music, Science, the World. The afternoon includes snack and outdoor time (weather permitting) and a variety of structured and relaxing experiences.

Note: Children who stay in the afternoon have the option of resting/napping from 12:45 to 2:00 pm. Parents are asked to bring a nap mat and to take it home monthly for laundering.