Shir Hadash Early Childhood Center 
SHECC Philosophy

Mission Statement

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.

Goals

Specific goals of the Shir Hadash Early Childhood Center are:

    • To promote self-esteem and confidence
    • To increase independence in meeting and solving problems through cooperation and other pro-social behavior
    • To form a positive Jewish identity by exposing the children to Jewish culture and tradition through music, holiday celebrations, special Shabbat services and interaction with the Rabbis and Cantor
    • To further intellectual development; to foster cognitive learning, concept formation, self-understanding
    • To provide opportunities for large and small motor development through specific classroom activities
    • To promote language development
    • To develop fantasy play that facilitates imagination, ideas and creative thinking processes
    • To foster awareness of the world by participating in a variety of experiences
    • To help the child separate from the family, and learn to enjoy the classroom social group
    • To foster creativity and free self-expression in art, music and socio-dramatic play
    • To help the child learn control, restraint and good attending skills
    • To encourage the expression of all feelings, such as fear, anger and happiness, in acceptable ways; to develop positive qualities such as the capacity for fun, humor and optimism
    • To provide an environment that gives the child the opportunity to learn by doing—moving from concrete hands-on experiences to more abstract concept development

      Values

      Our staff and children are encouraged to implement these values during their time at school. Our hope is that all our families will join us in adopting these values to live by:

      • Chaverut—Friendship—Embracing and caring about all the people in our program
      • Tzedekah—Justice and Righteousness
      • Tikkum Olam—Caring for the world and our environment—locally and globally
      • Torah—Study and worship
      • Ruach—Spirit—To find joy in all parts of our lives.
      • Klal Yisrael—Community and inclusiveness
      • Chaknasot Orchim—Welcoming the Guest—being a gracious host to visitors of our school
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