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Welcome to the Pre-School at Temple Emanuel

Mission Statement:

The Pre-School at Temple Emanuel offers educational programs designed to meet the developmental needs of the whole child in a warm and nurturing environment. Our philosophy is based on a comprehensive theory of child development, which recognizes the equal importance of cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth of the well being of the young child. Collectively we emphasize an experience rich in Jewish culture, tradition and values.

Children need to successfully separate from home and transfer trust from family to school. Beginning with the first moment of separation and experience in the world outside the home, we attempt to provide a secure child-centered “second home” to foster self-confidence and self-esteem.

Our curriculum is based on the concept that young children learn best by active exploration. This is accomplished through music, movement and art. Therefore, curriculum is partly determined by the child’s own interests. Teachers initiate activities and assist children to expand their information and interact with peers and adults.

Each child is seen as an individual in order to enhance his/her sense of self worth. Our school provides the child with an opportunity to investigate a wide variety of educational materials to encourage a climate for growth.

The goals of the Pre-School at Temple Emanuel are the following:

  • To provide individual learning experiences appropriate to each child’s maturational level.
  • To support the rewarding and difficult task of beginning and sustaining relationships with other children and adults.
  • To encourage independent action and thought while respecting the needs and feelings of others.
  • To encourage feelings of mastery.
  • To encourage learning in order to discover personal meaning.
  • To create an environment rich in Jewish culture and tradition for both the child and the family.


A Message from the Director


Thank you for your interest in the programs that we offer at The Pre-School at Temple Emanuel. In order to meet the needs of our families, our programming begins starting each day as early as 7:00 am. We have a full lunch program and afternoon program and our day comes to a close at 6:00 pm.

Our dedicated, experienced staff and state-of-the-art classrooms provide each child with a nurturing environment in which to learn and develop. Our programs provide a loving atmosphere that encourages children to explore, discover and grow at their own pace. We pride ourselves in the personal and unique attention given to each child and his or her family. A highlight of our program is the opportunity to spend time with our Rabbis as we celebrate Shabbat and other holidays together.

We encourage you to schedule a time to observe our classes in action. It would be my pleasure to show you around our beautiful school. Please call the Pre-School office at (856) 489-0034 to make an appointment. I look forward to speaking with you soon about the programs we offer.


Tracey Perchick

Director of Early Childhood Education