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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.

Learn About Our Kindergarten

Join us to learn about our incredible RJWECC Kindergarten program.

We offer the same academic standards as MCPS, but in our own, unique, nurturing, Jewish setting. You'll hear from our Director and lead Kindergarten teacher, tour our school, and have ample time to have your questions answered.

Date: Thursday, January 11
Time: 6:30 pm
WHC's Julia Bindeman Suburban Center, 11810 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854
Alexis Tinsley, 301-354-3208

Registration and Forms

Registration for 2018-2019 is open, and we welcome your application!

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

2018-2019 School Year  
2018-2019 School Year
Current School Year  
Current School Year


Infant & Toddler Programs  
Infant & Toddler Programs

For children from birth - 24 months old and their parent, grandparent, or caregiver

Transitional Twos  
Transitional Twos

For children who turn two between September 2 and January 1


For children who turn two by September 1


For children who turn three by September 1


For children who turn four by September 1


For children who turn five by September 1

2018 Dream Big Gala


Join us on Saturday, February 3 for the RJWECC Parents Committee's largest fundraiser of the year! The gala will be a fantastic evening of food, drinks, and music — plus many fun surprises.

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.

Supplemental Programs

We offer a variety of programs to supplement your child's school day and meet your family's needs. See below for descriptions and which options are available for your child.

Learn more about our Hot Lunch, Enrichment, ACE Club, and Extended Day options.

Click here for the complete 2017-2018 Supplemental Programming fee schedule.


Hot Lunch (2's, 3's, and Pre-K)

Hot Lunch is now available five days a week!  Enjoy the convenience of not having to prepare and pack lunches, while knowing your child will enjoy delicious food from Mamma Lucia Italian restaurant. Registration for Hot Lunch is on a per-semester basis.

Our menu for the 2017-2018 school year: 

Mondays: cheese quesadilla, cucumbers with ranch dressing, and seasonal melons/berries
Tuesdays: chicken tenders, tater tots, and orange wedges
Wednesdays: penne pasta with tomato sauce on the side, sugar snap peas, and seasonal melons/berries
Thursdays: fish sticks, cucumbers with ranch dressing, and seasonal melons/berries
Fridays: cheese pizza, sugar snap peas, and seasonal melons/berries

Enrichment (3's only):

Enrichment, offered every day from 12:30-2:00 pm for students in our 3's classes, gives children an opportunity to extend their day with additional programming. Each semester, families can select the number of days per week that meet their needs. Please note, to participate in ACE Club classes (below), children must be concurrently enrolled in Enrichment. Registration for Enrichment is on a per-semester basis and is contingent upon sufficient enrollment.

Our daily Enrichment "specials" are

Mondays: Creative Dramatics
Tuesdays: Science
Wednesdays: Cooking
Thursdays: Movement
Fridays: Sensory Shabbat

ACE Club (3's and Pre-K):

ACE Club, a collection of sports and cultural arts classes taught by professional instructors at our school, is offered every day from 2:00 – 3:00 pm for students in our 3’s (who are also enrolled in Enrichment) and Pre-K programs. Registration for ACE Club is on a per-semester basis; each class is contingent upon sufficient enrollment.

The 3's schedule for 2017-2018:

Mondays: Soccer with Darryl Gee Soccer Academy
Tuesdays: Tumbling with My Gym
Wednesdays: Yoga with Jump Bunch Sports & Fitness
Thursdays: Dance with Ms. Janice from On Your Toes Dance
Thursdays: T-ball with i9 Sports
Fridays: Tennis with Ed Tripp Tennis Academy

The Pre-K schedule for 2017-2018:

Mondays: Basketball with i9 Sports
Mondays: Yoga with Jump Bunch Sports & Fitness
Tuesdays: Dance (ballet and hip hop) with Ms. Janice from On Your Toes Dance
Tuesdays: Tae Kwon Do with East West Tae Kwon Do
Wednesdays: T-ball with i9 Sports
Wednesdays: Tennis with Ed Tripp Tennis Academy
Thursdays: Nature & Science with Echoes of Nature
Fridays: Soccer with Darryl Gee Soccer Academy


Extended Day (2's, 3's, and Pre-K):

We recognized that life is busy, and we are here to support our families by providing high-quality programming for your children, five days a week, both before and after school.  We offer early drop off, a variety of pickup times in the afternoons, as well as the ability to include Enrichment and ACE Club in your 3’s or Pre-K student’s Extended Day enrollment. Registration for Extended Day is on a monthly basis. Children must be picked up by their scheduled time. If children are picked up late, we charge a $1/minute late fee to be paid (cash or check) at the time of pick-up. There is no grace period.

Extended Day options for 2017-2018:

Early Morning: 7:30 - 9:15 am
2:00 pm pickup
4:00 pm pickup
6:00 pm pickup


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.

2018 Dream Big Gala  
2018 Dream Big Gala

It’s the RJWECC Parents Committee's largest fundraiser of the year! The gala will be a fantastic evening of food, drinks, and music — plus many fun surprises!

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!). 

Wall of Friends  
Wall of Friends

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

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!


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.


Delayed Openings & School Closings
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.

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Upcoming Events

January 26, 2018 / Friday
Shabbat Toddler Time
9:30 AM—11:00 AM

Shabbat Toddler Time is a delightful opportunity for young children to become comfortable in a school setting with the supportive presence of parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Experience art, music, sensory…

January 26, 2018 / Friday
RJWECC Family and "Alumni" Mini Walk
9:45 AM—11:00 AM
February 2, 2018 / Friday
Shabbat Toddler Time
9:30 AM—11:00 AM
February 2, 2018 / Friday
Tot Shabbat at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
5:30 PM—7:00 PM
February 3, 2018 / Saturday
Dream Big Gala to Benefit the RJWECC
7:00 PM—12:00 AM (Next day)
February 9, 2018 / Friday
Shabbat Toddler Time
9:30 AM—11:00 AM

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