The Shir Hadash Early Childhood Center is a fully licensed program for ages 2-5 with full or half day, and partial week enrollment options. Enrollment for the following school year begins in January – we have some immediate spaces, please call for more information.
The Center is open to all families in the community. Membership in Congregation Shir Hadash is not required.
Our school is day is 8:30AM-1:00PM Monday through Friday. Extended care available starting from 7:00AM and ending 6:00PM
Schedule a tour for your family by calling 408-358-1751 x115! Parents are encouraged to visit the program while school is in session. These visits should be scheduled with the Director. Drop in visits are not always possible so please call or write in advance.
School Program and Summer Program
Shir Hadash Early Childhood Center (SHECC) offers preschool classes for children ages 2 through 5 years (before a child enters Kindergarten). Children must be 2 years old to begin in the Center. A child is not required to be toilet trained. Summers at the Shir Hadash Early Childhood Center will incorporate our Reggio style of investigation in the areas of nature, art, play, music, sports and creativity. Learn more about our general and summer programs.
Curriculum and Philosophy
The Shir Hadash Early Childhood Center creates a safe and nurturing Jewish early childhood environment, inspired by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia, rooted in our congregational community and Reform Jewish values. SHECC uses the Reggio approach – this approach seeks to help children connect to the knowledge they already have, expand upon that base of knowing and to internalize the skills of observing, communicating, questioning and information gathering.
Connections to art, music, movement, and nature are built during this process. Not only are the teachers and children a part of this process, but families and the community are involved as well. Learn more about the curriculum and about the Reggio Philosophy.