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At Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center (E-T ECC), 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. We have a beautiful Media Center/Library and are proud of our STEAM room filled with wonderful materials to learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

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

Registration and Forms

If you have a baby or young child, one of the best ways to learn about and experience our Early Childhood Center is to come in for a tour with our Director.

Please contact Jerri Shandler, ( or 202-895-6334) to schedule a time that is convenient for you.

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.



For children 13-24 months old.

Mid-Year Twos  
Mid-Year Twos

For children who turn two between October 1 and December 31.


For children who turn two before September 1.


For children who turn three before September 1.


For children who turn four before September 1.

Before and After

Whether it's on a regular basis or just a day here and there, we offer several ways to extend your child's school day to meet your family's needs. Unless otherwise indicated, programs are open to all students in Mid-Year Twos through Pre-K.

Children who are of the same age in Core and Extended Day are together in the mornings and participate in the same “core” curriculum experiences.

Learn more about our Full-Day and Part-Day options:


Part-Day Options:

Breakfast Club (All Students):
Mondays - Fridays, 7:30 - 9:00 am
Join us in the E-T ECC kitchen for a bowl of cereal and playtime with friends. When Breakfast Club ends, children join our Early Bird Drop Off friends.

Early Bird Drop-Off (All Students):
Mondays - Fridays, 8:30 - 9:00 am
For families who need to begin their day a little earlier, we offer Early Bird Drop Off. Children gather to play and create with their friends and are walked to their classrooms by teachers when the school day begins.

Lunch Bunch (MY2, 2's, 3's):
Mondays - Fridays, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Two- and three-year old children are invited to stay for lunch and enjoy social time with their friends.

3's and developmentally ready 2's: Mondays - Fridays, 1:00 - 2:15 pm
Pre-K: Mondays - Fridays, 2:15 - 3:30 pm

We invite our three-year-old and developmentally ready two-year-old students to stay after school and participate in special classes following Lunch Bunch from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. We invite our Pre-K students to stay after school and participate in special classes from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.  Each semester, the curriculum changes but activities usually include a mix of the following offerings: cooking, dance, drama, science, woodworking and messy art.


Full-Day Option:

PLUS Program (All Students):
Up to five days/week; 7:30 am - 6:00 pm, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, or 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Children enrolled in PLUS are part of the same classroom community as Core Program students of the same age. When the Core day ends, students enrolled in the PLUS Program go to Lunch Bunch (2’s and 3’s) and then to their PLUS classrooms, unless they are registered for Enrichment.

The PLUS Program has coordinators who are responsible for overseeing the before- and after-care programs. Each PLUS age group has a designated Lead Teacher who communicates regularly with parents.  PLUS teachers must meet the same qualifications as Core teachers. PLUS adheres to the same staffing ratios as are followed during Core, including the requirement that two teachers supervise groups of children at all times.

The PLUS afternoon includes nap/rest time for those who need it and additional snack and playground time for all children. Much like our Enrichment program, children enrolled in PLUS will have added opportunities to cook, create, explore, and engage in a variety of exciting sensory experiences. PLUS teachers follow the same pedagogical practices implemented in our Core classes.

Family Committee

This committee is comprised of a group of interested parents from each age level and the school's director. They meet to discuss pertinent issues affecting the welfare of the entire school population. The objective of these committees 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 Family Committee. The Family Committee provides many cultural arts programs for our children. Through various fundraisers, they offer unique opportunities to our families while providing support for programs at the ECC. We hope you will join the Family Committee and become an integral part of the school.

E-T ECC Payment


Delayed Openings and School Closings
Delayed Openings and School Closings

The E-T ECC follows the inclement weather policy of the D.C. Public School system and the Federal Government. Please check the internet and/or television for announcements. We also email families to inform them of a delayed opening or school closing. 

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