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At Washington Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center (RJWECC), children are encouraged to be creative and curious.

We view your child as capable, competent, and full of wonder. Our teachers, assistants, specialists, clergy, and administration believe that learning is a process of construction, growth, and reflection. We intentionally plan experiences and lessons to inspire ideas, spark questions, and set the stage for positive interactions. Jewish ethical values help provide a foundation from which we strive to nurture, support, and create connections with our children, families, professional staff, and community. Our inquiry-based educational approach, which integrates a Judaic and secular curriculum, embraces the very best of developmentally appropriate practice.

Our welcoming classrooms have learning areas for block play, dramatic play, math, science, language and literacy, and motor skills. Our outstanding campus includes five outdoor playgrounds, a computer lab, a media center, and dedicated space for science and art programming.

Our days are filled with both teacher-led and child-initiated activities. The teachers spend time helping children communicate with each other, negotiate problems, ask questions, value their own ideas, and discover the joy of learning.

Registration and Forms

Registration for 2017-2018 is open, and we welcome your application! We also have a limited number of spaces for the current school year.

If you would like to learn more about our school, please contact us to schedule a personal tour.

2017-2018 Tuition and Fees  
2017-2018 Tuition and Fees
2017-2018 RJWECC Registration  
2017-2018 RJWECC Registration
2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration  
2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration
2016-2017 Registration  
2016-2017 Registration
School Forms  
School Forms

Our Vision

We believe every child has a voice. We view our children as capable, competent, and powerful.

We believe every family is an integral part of our learning community.

We believe the environment plays a crucial part in children's learning.

We believe learning is a process of construction, growth, and reflection.

We believe teachers serve as guides to facilitate learning experiences and nurture growth.

We respect, listen to, and encourage all forms of children's expression.

We welcome the active participation and insight of our families and provide opportunities to enhance adult learning.

We intentionally design the physical space of the school community to inspire ideas, spark questions, and set the stage for positive social interactions.

We capture and document every child's experiences to make the process of learning visible to all.

We observe, collaborate and adapt our learning environment based upon the needs and interests of the children, using our knowledge of child development, Jewish values and developmentally appropriate practice to help guide our decisions.

We create a lifelong love of Jewish learning by fostering a positive Jewish identity at a time when, developmentally, the children are full of curiosity and wonder.

We are fortunate to have Clergy who assist us in providing the finest environment for deepening children’s appreciation of Jewish tradition. 

We believe that Judaism is best taught by example and through an experiential process. The children will have the opportunity to experience the beauty of Judaism through arts, storytelling, dramatic play, music, the basics of Hebrew language and prayer, Shabbat, holidays and food.

Programs

Shabbat Toddler Time  
Shabbat Toddler Time

For children 18 - 28 months old and their parent, grandparent, or caregiver

Transitional Twos  
Transitional Twos

For children who turn two between September 2 and December 31

Two-Year-Olds  
Two-Year-Olds

For children who turn two by September 1

Three-Year-Olds  
Three-Year-Olds

For children who turn three by September 1

Pre-Kindergarten  
Pre-Kindergarten

For children who turn four by September 1

Kindergarten  
Kindergarten

For children who turn five by September 1

Extended Day

For families desiring a schedule with increased flexibility, we offer an extended day option for children enrolled in our Twos, Threes, Pre-K, and Kindergarten.

There is no long-term commitment for Extended Day. Each month, simply indicate your need.

Fees are pre-paid on a monthly (or for Daily Drop-In, on a daily) basis. Children can participate only if fees have been paid. 

If you have more than one child participating in Extended Day, we offer a 5% discount on the fees for additional children. Fees for your first child are paid in full; the discount will be applied to the lower rate.

Late Pick-Up Charge: $1/minute to be paid (cash or check) at the time of pick-up. There is no grace period.

Parents Committee

This committee is composed of a group of interested parents from each grade level and the school's director. They meet monthly to discuss pertinent issues affecting the welfare of the entire school population. The objective of the committee is to further the communication between home and school and to help enrich our children's educational experience.

We are very fortunate to have an active Parents Committee. Some of the many programs they support include, cultural arts programs for our students; a spring Fun Fair and Silent Auction where families have the opportunity to have a fun-filled carnival day and connect with friends, staff, and family; an annual Scholastic Book Fair that provides an excellent opportunity to augment your personal library; and a challah program that enables families to have a freshly-baked challah sent home with their child every Friday, enhancing their Shabbat celebration.

We hope you will join our Parents Committee and become an integral part of the school.

Dream Big Gala & Silent Auction  
Dream Big Gala & Silent Auction

It’s the RJWECC’s largest fundraiser of the year! The gala will be a fantastic evening of food, drinks, and music — plus a silent auction — all to raise funds for our school. 

2017 Discount Card  
2017 Discount Card

Enjoy savings from these local businesses all year long - and support the RJWECC! - when you purchase a 2017 Discount Card.

Tot Shabbat  
Tot Shabbat

Our rabbis and song leaders make going to Friday night services a fun, fulfilling event for families with young children (or grandchildren!). 

Bring Shabbat Home  
Bring Shabbat Home

The Parents Committee is delighted to offer you the opportunity to order freshly baked challah from the Great Harvest Bakery!

Wall of Friends  
Wall of Friends

Your child's handprint as a lasting memory on our school walls.

Accreditation

Our Early Childhood Center and Kindergarten are licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education.

The RJWECC and WHC Kindergarten faculty are professionals with early childhood and early primary educational backgrounds. Continuing staff development and enrichment are part of our school philosophy. We maintain student/teacher ratios that are well within and surpass the Maryland State Department of Education regulations.

Policies

Delayed Openings & School Closings
Delayed Openings & School Closings

The RJWECC and WHC Kindergarten typically follow the weather-related closings and delays of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). We will announce school closings or delays by 6:00 am; and decisions to dismiss early due to weather by 11:00 am.

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Upcoming Events

May 5, 2017 / Friday
Tot Shabbat at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
5:00 PM—7:00 PM

Fun, interactive, and led by our rabbis, these half-hour services — which are open to the community — engage our youngest worshippers and their families through songs and stories. Join…

May 7, 2017 / Sunday
RJWECC Fun Fair
12:00 PM—4:00 PM
May 12, 2017 / Friday
ECC Pre-K Shabbat Celebration
6:00 PM—8:00 PM
May 19, 2017 / Friday
Confirmation and Teacher Recognition Shabbat
6:00 PM—7:00 PM
June 2, 2017 / Friday
Shabbat Under the Stars and Tot Shabbat at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
5:00 PM—7:00 PM

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