PROVIDENCE – Enrolling your child in a Jewish preschool is one of the most important steps you can take to begin your child’s Jewish education and expand your involvement in the Jewish community. The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island’s Early Childhood Center (ECC) recommends Jewish programs for these reasons:
By developing long-lasting, positive emotional connections with Shabbat, Torah and Jewish values, children strengthen their Jewish identity.
By making friends with other Jewish children, they become part of a broader Jewish community – both locally and worldwide.
Children experience Jewish holiday and life cycle celebrations that may enhance families’ at-home observances.
A Jewish education, which develops a foundation for Jewish identity that may last throughout your child’s life, is a gateway to Jewish life and community.
The ECC, which cares for children 3 months to 5 years, now offers therapeutic services for children with special health care needs.
ECC students begin weekly swim lessons at age 2; art and gymnastic classes are available for children ages 3 – 5 enrolled in the after-school program.
Maureen Fitzgerald-Nagle, mother of Kiera, an ECC toddler, wrote, “To witness such social growth has been one of the most delightful parts of being a new parent and we are ever grateful for her teachers’ patience, kindness and love.”
For more information, contact Nicole Katzman, ECC director, 421-4111, ext. 180.