The Early Childhood Center at Community Synagogue of Rye
The Early Childhood Center (ECC) at Community Synagogue is a nursery school in Rye, NY, dedicated to providing young children the skills they need to be socially confident, emotionally resilient and intellectually curious.
We are an engaging Jewish community that welcomes people of all faiths. Parents and families, along with synagogue staff and specialists, are valued members of our population and help to create our nurturing learning environment.
Our play-based curriculum utilizes developmentally-appropriate practices to encourage our children to be life-long learners. Our Preschool is mindful of the changing needs in early childhood education and is committed to the professional development of our highly trained faculty.
What's New at the ECC?
The true role of an early childhood curriculum is not “science, math or creativity,” but to foster children’s ability to think and process information so that they can construct their own thoughts and express their own ideas.
Drawing provides an additional language for children, a window to express thoughts, emotions and observations. Children’s use of language, either verbal or visual, plays a key role in their educational process and intellectual development. Drawing helps children see details, make choices and tell stories.
Drawing is an activity that all children do naturally but it has to be supported and encouraged. Throughout the creative process, teachers, parents and caregivers can use guidance and instruction to make the experience meaningful and productive.
During this school year, the teachers of the 3s, 4s and Pre-K have been committed to providing our students more opportunities to draw on a daily basis. We have been teaching the children how to think about what they draw. We begin with their own faces and body parts. Then we teach them how embellish faces with expression. Some examples include drawing eyes with eyeballs (looking up, down and side to side), and showing angry, happy and surprised brows and mouths. We also talk about clothing and environment.
This year, the children have been drawing houses, animals and imaginary creatures from outer space. We encourage all children in the ECC to draw as much as possible, and encourage parents to support this practice by having pencils and paper available at all times.
Sharing Shabbat for Young Families
Programs for 2s, 3s and 4s
ECC Summer Camp
Resources for Parents