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About the Early Childhood Center:
We believe that all children at the Temple Beth-El Early Childhood Center benefit from a warm, supportive environment that includes opportunities for children to grow & develop emotionally, socially, cognitively & physically through a variety of experiences. Children at our Center are surrounded by loving & experienced early childhood educators who are committed to excellence and exposing children to age-appropriate activities. Our approach is designed to embrace the natural curiosity of the child. The primary goal of our program is to provide a sound learning environment that will help each child reach their fullest potential.
At the Temple Beth-El Early Childhood Center we often use a project approach, expanding into themes that come directly from the children’s expressed interest. Throughout the month, a Judaic & secular thematic approach to programming is incorporated into the curriculum. We recognize that our children’s growing awareness of their Jewish identity is an integral part of their personal development, and therefore, we provide numerous, age appropriate developmental Jewish experiences. These are related to the celebration of Shabbat, holidays & everyday life practices.
School Year, VPK & Summer Camp Details
Enrollment space is limited! To guarantee your child's placement in one of our Early Childhood Center classes please fill out the forms below and submit them with a $200 registration fee, additional forms will be provided upon meeting with the Director.
School doesn't start in kindergarten anymore! The Early Childhood Center at Temple Beth-El offers a state-of-the-art program with special features. A comprehensive, literacy-based curriculum incorporating "Doors To Discovery", "Creative Curriculum", which is a developmentally appropriate practice for quality preschools recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Boca Beth bilingual program, theme related Jewish activities, Low child-to-teacher ratio, engaging enrichments such as yoga, gymnastics and music and the same warmth, caring & nurturing experiences to which your child has (or will) become accustomed to at Temple Beth-El all within 540 instructional hours.
Available to ALL children who turn 4 on or before September 1st, residing in Florida
It's easy as 1, 2, 3...
1. Visit www.vpkpinellas.net and complete the online application. You may also call VPK Pinellas at 727-400-4411 for technical assistance.
2. Make sure all required documents are uploaded.
3. Visit Temple Beth-El to formally enroll and present your Certificate of Eligibility (which will be emailed to you once you complete the VPK Pinellas registration process online)
Our annual summer camp program allows you to choose the weeks that fit your family needs with 2, 4, or 6 week availability for children ages 12 months through pre-kindergarten. Each week, there is a new theme to keep young minds active and engaged. Our camp will continue to foster Jewish values as we make new friends, do mitzvot, come together in prayer & sing at our weekly Shabbat celebration. Families are invited to join us at our Shabbat assemblies each Friday where we gather together to sing and feel the Ruach (spirit)! We would like to welcome all our new and returning families to a fun filled summer!!
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:30pm
Morning Care: 7:30am – 9am, (Please note: Pre-payment of $100/month or $10/day)
Enrollment space is limited! At Temple Beth-El connections with our families are so important. If you are interested in enrolling your child please call or email Randi Nash-Ortiz at (727) 350-5885 to set up a tour of our campus. Please contact Randi Nash-Ortiz for Enrollment information.
Randi Nash-Ortiz - Early Childhood Center Director
Randi has been in the Early Childhood profession as a teacher, mentor and director for over 20 years. She has been the Director at Temple Beth-El Early Childhood Center since 2005.Throughout her many years working with children and families, her passion for this profession continues to grow. Randi's level of energy and experience make her suitable for the Early Childhood Center Directors position. Randi brings a wealth of experience to Temple Beth-El as she has held positions at some of the finest facilities, including the University of Alaska's Child Care Center, Director of a Preschool in Anchorage, and Assistant Director at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center in Miami. Randi has a Birth-Five certification from Miami Dade College School of Education, Florida Child Care Director Credentials, she has served on the ECA Pinellas Board and is affiliated with numerous other organizations. Randi and her husband, David, have 2 amazing children, Danielle and Brandon.
For more information please contact Randi Nash-Ortiz at (727) 350-5885