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
Ardra Green - Assistant ECC Director
Ms. Ardra, our assistant ECC director, has been at the Early Childhood Center since 1999. She grew up in St. Petersburg and loves to go fishing, bike riding and do anything outdoors. She is family oriented, with two great kids and four beautiful grandchildren. She enjoys home decor and is always redecorating her home. She holds a Birth Through Five Credential and Director’s Credential.
Alice - (Madrachim in Hebrew means leader)
Ms. Alice has been working at Temple Beth-El since 2007. She has one daughter and a wonderful son-in-law with three grandchildren. She is actively involved in her church, working with children from 3-18 years old where she orchestrates the theater, praise dance and stomp. Her biggest pride and joy is watching the kids perform. She loves shopping, spending time with her family and spoiling them too! She holds a Birth through Five Credential.
Danielle - 1's Teacher
Ms. Danielle has been working with children since 2007 in the Religious School, Youth Group and Early Childhood Center. She has four cats that she loves dearly. She loves coffee, traveling, music and trying new foods. Ms. Danielle is studying at Florida International University studying Interdisciplinary Studies.
Bethany - 1's Teacher
Ms. Bethany has been at Temple Beth-El since 2017. She has been working with children since 2007. In her free time, she loves long walks down the aisles of Target, DIY-ing, paddleboarding and hanging out with her Chihuahua, Teekah. She has completed all of her Early Childhood hours through DCF.
Terri - Young 2's Teacher
Ms. Terri is a crafting, DIY, Pinterest, gardening guru. She has been working at Temple Beth-El since 2007. She is the queen of her house, where her husband and son take great care of her. She is a proud mom of a talented, handsome, musically inclined son. Ms. Terri is working towards her Birth Through Five Credential.
Nicole - Young 2's Teacher
Ms. Nicole has been teaching since 1999, with experience ranging from toddlers to middle school age. She has taught in York County in Pennsylvania for five years and Pinellas County Schools for ten years. Additionally, Nicole has her Associates in Arts Degree and Certificate in HealthCare IT, she is a proud mother of three and has a granddaughter.
Lurdes- 3's Teacher
Ms. Lurdes has been teaching since 2006, with experience ranging from infants to elementary-aged children, with her predominant focus on three year olds since 2011. Additionally, Lurdes has numerous certifications in behavior management and special needs, is bilingual and is a proud mother of one.
Audrey - Voluntary Prekindergarten Teacher
Ms. Audrey has been teaching since 2001, with experience ranging from toddlers to school-aged children, with her predominant focus on three and four year olds since 2001. Additionally, Audrey has her Child Development Associates degree and Director’s Credential, and is a proud mother of two.
Maya - Voluntary Prekindergarten Teacher
Ms. Maya has been working at Temple Beth-El since 2017. She has lived in Europe, South Africa and a Kibbutz in Israel. She has completed all her Early Childhood hours through DCF. She loves working with children and watching them progress and grow. When she’s not at work, she loves spending time with her Australian Kelpie, Scamp.