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Consistent with our commitment to the safety and security of our community and based on careful consideration of all available guidance, RJWECC will not physically reopen for in-person instruction on August 31.

Our commitment to families with young children remains as strong as ever, and during the time when our building is physically closed, we will be offering a series of virtual offerings. Details to come — please check back!

When in-person education resumes, our school will be open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Our beautiful, open suburban campus is appropriately configured to maximize physical distancing and create classroom “bubbles.” Here are some of the many ways we will focus on the health, safety, and well-being of each child, family, teacher, and staff member:

    • We have established classroom bubbles and carefully choreographed daily schedules to limit interaction between classes
    • Specialty classes with our amazing teachers – including Music, Media, and Handwriting Without Tears – will be held over Zoom
    • Children will enjoy extended outdoor playtime on our beautiful, expansive campus
    • Staff and children will wear masks
    • We follow the health and safety guidelines outlined by the Maryland State Department of Education

To learn more about our programming or how we are protecting our school during the pandemic, please reach out to our Director, Miryam Buchler, at mbuchler@whctemple.org.

About Our School

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.

 

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.

Registration and Forms

If you would like to learn more about our school, please contact us. We'd be happy to answer any questions and arrange a personal tour.

2020-2021 Tuition and Fees  
2020-2021 Tuition and Fees
Registration  
Registration
School Forms  
School Forms

ECC Programs

Baby and Toddler Programs  
Baby and Toddler Programs

Looking forward to welcoming our youngest children back for the 2021-2022 school year!

Transitional Twos  
Transitional Twos

Looking forward to welcoming our youngest children back for the 2021-2022 school year!

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

Delayed Openings & School Closings

The RJWECC typically follows 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.

As always, please use your discretion as to the condition of the roads and the safety of your children in determining whether to venture out in the morning or to pick your child up early, even if we have not closed the school.

If we have a delayed opening, school will begin at 10:30 am, following our 2020-2021 staggered drop-off schedule.

If we have an early dismissal, all RJWECC students will dismiss at 12:30 pm.

In the event of an emergency closure while school is already in progress:

  • We will notify you via phone, email, or radio, and you or a designated adult must pick up your child immediately.

We hope we won't need to enact these policies, but it helps to have them in place! Stay warm and dry!!

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.

Accreditation

Our Early Childhood Center is licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education.

The RJWECC faculty members 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.