About the Early Childhood Center

Table of Contents:

School Year, VPK & Summer Camp Details
Enrollment Information
Staff & Enrichment Information

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 $125 registration fee, additional forms will be provided upon meeting with the Director. Please feel free to take a look through our Parent Handbook.


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)

Summer Camp

Our annual summer camp program allows you to choose the weeks that fit your family needs with 2, 4, 6 or 8 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 Information

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.

Staff & Enrichment 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 for 10 years.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


Ms. Alice - 3's Teacher

Ms. Alice has been at the Early Childhood Center 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.


Ms. Ardra - Assistant Early Childhood Center Director & Transition 2's Teacher

Ms. Ardra 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.


Ms. Charlotte - 1's Teacher

Ms. Charlotte graduated from Roehampton University in London, and came to the Early Childhood Center from teaching Kindergarten at the American School of Paris. She is fluent in English, Italian and French. Ms. Charlotte enjoys spoiling her chihuahua, Frieda, sailing and traveling. She has been to almost all of the countries in Western Europe!


Ms. Dani - Floater

Ms. Dani has been working with children since 2007 in the Religious School, Youth Group and Early Childhood Center. She has a great kissy dog named Bandit. She loves photography, traveling, music and trying new foods. Ms. Dani attends University of South Florida, studying Criminology. 


Ms. Ketty - Transitional 2's Assistant Teacher

Ms. Ketty is Columbian and graduated from the University of Cordova, Columbia with an English degree. She is fluent in Spanish, and has been working with children since 2011. She is happily married and has a young daughter. Ms. Ketty loves kayaking, canoeing and anything to do with the outdoors.


Ms. Rachelle - VPK Teacher

Ms. Rachelle loves the great outdoors. She's an avid coffee drinker, is crazy about shoes and enjoys crowd waves, hockey goals and football touchdowns. She's an animal lover, especially for her bunny rabbit Hun Bunn.


Ms. Terri - Young 2's Teacher

Ms. Terri is a crafting, DIY, Pinterest, gardening guru. She started at the Early Childhood Center in 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.



Ms. Q - Ms. Q's Mobile Gymnastics

Quentin Mondello has been teaching for more than 18 years. She provides a foundation to help your child become physically fit while learning the basics of gymnastics in a safe, exciting & energetic environment.

Ms. Caitlin- Creative Movements, Ballet Classes

Caitlin McManigell’s dance studies have come from Shreveport Dance Academy, to the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet Company, to University of Central Oklahoma where she obtained her BFA in Dance Performance, to Miami’s Dance Now! Dance Company to Creative Movement and Dance in 2014. She has studied ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary dance. She is thankful to all her educators and role models in her life and believes in carrying on those same loving traditions. Register with Creative Movement!

Coach Corey - Soccer Shots, Soccer Classes

Corey Collins is the franchise owner and coach of Pinellas County Soccer Shots.  Corey was born and raised on Florida's Space Coast and began playing soccer at the age of 7. Due to the year-round schedule, he had many opportunities to play within and outside the state of Florida, even traveling as far as Scotland to play against the Glasgow Rangers youth developmental team. Register with Coach Corey!

Ms. Megan - Stretch-n-Grow Classes

Stretch-n-Grow offers EXERciting programs for kids starting as young as 12 months up to twelve years old. Each Stretch-n-Grow coach is a certified youth fitness specialist and has only one passion - to show our Stars an EXERciting time!