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.

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
  • All children must be dropped off by 9:00 am.


Currently we are fully enrolled for the 22-23 school year. We’d still love to set up a tour for your family if you are interested in being added to our waitlist, space sometimes becomes available during the school year. To schedule a tour, please email Janet  janet@shirhadash.org

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 to join our program in the 2s or mixed age classes. 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.