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 may have some immediate spaces, please call for more information.

The Center is open to families of all faiths in the community. Membership in Congregation Shir Hadash is not required.

Our half-day is 8:30AM-1:00PM and full day is 8:30AM-4:30PM.

Extended care is available starting from 7:00AM and ending 6:00PM

COVID-19 Update

  • 3,4 and 5 day schedules are available with full or half day options.
  • All children must be dropped off by 9:00 am.
  • Children and staff complete health daily health check.


During the COVID 19 restrictions, tours will be given from the play yards looking into the school from the exterior doors.  Schedule a tour for your family by calling 408-358-1751 x115 or email Janet  janet@shirhadash.org. Tours are by appointment only and are available between the hours of 1-3pm.

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 school year 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.

Congregation Shir Hadash is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charity; our Federal tax ID number is 94-2662529.