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WHC is supporting your children beyond the walls of our early childhood centers! Our "Sweet Beginnings" online programming has been developed around children's interests and curiosity and begins August 31.

Join us to explore, wonder, and create!

Our incredibly talented educators Kfirah HaLevi and Kristin Zeldes will take your children on a unique journey and engage their young minds through open explorations and thought-provoking questions. With Jewish values and developmentally appropriate experiences in mind, your children will build and renew friendships and continue to flourish.

We understand that one size doesn’t fit all, and our vibrant schedule gives you the flexibility to select the programs that best suit your family. We will provide program materials to support your children’s explorations.

For All Ages

Jewish Storytime & Shabbat Sing

Join us to learn about and connect to our Jewish holidays, values, and Shabbat.

Wednesdays: Storytime
Fridays: Shabbat Sing
10:30 - 11:00 am
Begins 8/31 (no class on 9/7)
Free

Growing Minds and Hearts

All emotions are valid, and healthy expressions don’t often come naturally!

Through stories and expressive exercises as well as experiments with calming techniques, Kfirah and Kristin will promote self-regulation and resilience. Children will identify and share emotions and experiences they can relate to. Over the sessions, children will have the opportunity to create self-regulating tools.

Open to all ages (suggested for 3's and Pre-K)
Wednesdays
9:30 - 10:00 am
$80 for 4 weeks (4 sessions)

Sing and Dance with Miss Lisa

Lisa Baydush brings energy and fun to our afternoons!

Zoom in on the largest screen you have, turn up the sound, and join Miss Lisa for music that opens our hearts, instills loving-kindness, and engages our bodies and minds.

Mondays and Wednesdays
3:00 - 3:30 pm
Begins 8/31 (no class on 9/7)
$150 for 4 weeks (7 sessions)

Social Gatherings

Spending time with friends is crucial to children’s social and emotional well-being. With three distinctive sessions per week, children will be invited to: 

Draw and Share: There is nothing better than a crayon and paper to relieve tension, calm our bodies, and connect with friends.

Break the ice by breaking bread! During this scheduled snack time, children will engage in both informal and guided conversations to help develop communication and listening skills.

Work on collective social projects. When the world around us seems unsure, being part of something greater than ourselves with friends brings a smile, comfort, a sense of control, and accomplishment.

Mondays, 9:30 - 10:00 am
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:00 am
Begins 8/31 (no class on 9/7)
$200 for 4 weeks (11 sessions)

Tot Shabbat

We can't think of a nicer way to start the weekend than by joining WHC clergy and our ECC community for a virtual Tot Shabbat.

Schedule to come!
5:30 - 6:00 pm
Free

For 3's

Growing Minds and Hearts

All emotions are valid, and healthy expressions don’t often come naturally!

Through stories and expressive exercises as well as experiments with calming techniques, Kfirah and Kristin will promote self-regulation and resilience. Children will identify and share emotions and experiences they can relate to. Over the sessions, children will have the opportunity to create self-regulating tools.

Wednesdays
9:30 - 10:00 am
$80 for 4 weeks (4 sessions)

Stepping Stones to Literacy

Journey into the world of stories and reading!

In this age-based program, we use songs, books, movement, and interactive stories, to help children build their foundational skills in developmentally appropriate ways. Materials that your child (and you!) will receive in advance will spark excitement and participation.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
12:30 - 1:00 pm
Begins 8/31 (no class on 9/7)
$240 for 4 weeks (11 sessions)

STEM

By building, tinkering, and experimenting together, we will learn about different ways to encounter challenges, explore materials, and celebrate our efforts.

Fridays (exception: class on 9/18 will meet on Thursday, 9/17 from 11:30 - 12:15)
12:30 - 1:15 pm
$100 for 4 weeks (4 sessions)

For Pre-K Students

Growing Minds and Hearts

All emotions are valid, and healthy expressions don’t often come naturally!

Through stories and expressive exercises as well as experiments with calming techniques, Kfirah and Kristin will promote self-regulation and resilience. Children will identify and share emotions and experiences they can relate to. Over the sessions, children will have the opportunity to create self-regulating tools.

Wednesdays
9:30 - 10:00 am
$80 for 4 weeks (4 sessions)

Pre-K Club

This is a special space and time for children in pre-kindergarten to explore and develop essential skills.

With an invitation to relate and investigate, your child will dive into pre-writing, reading, and science and math concepts in engaging and interesting ways. Does your child like to build? Creating road signs and other messages are important additions to construction play. Does your child enjoy special treats? A successful cooking experience requires measuring accurately and following steps in a recipe.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
3:00 - 3:30 pm
$160 for 4 weeks (8 sessions)

STEM

By building, tinkering, and experimenting together, we will learn about different ways to encounter challenges, explore materials, and celebrate our efforts.

Fridays (exception: class on 9/18 will meet on Thursday, 9/17 from 11:30 - 12:15)
12:30 - 1:15 pm
$100 for 4 weeks (4 sessions)

Stepping Stones to Literacy

Journey into the world of stories and reading!

In this age-based program, we use songs, books, movement, and interactive stories, to help children build their foundational skills in developmentally appropriate ways. Materials that your child (and you!) will receive in advance will spark excitement and participation.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
12:30 - 1:00 pm
Begins 8/31 (no class on 9/7)
$240 for 4 weeks (11 sessions)

Treetop Events

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Zoom in for special programs that will entertain the whole family!

 
Rock & Rhyme with Mr. Jon & Friends

Wednesday, September 23 at 4:30 pm
Join Mr. Jon & Friends for a fun family concert that you can enjoy at home!
$10 for families enrolled in Sweet Beginnings; $15 for the community

Click here to register

 

 

For Adults

It Takes a Village

It's grown-up time! Miryam's opening her Zoom room to you to discuss sensitive topics, vent, share, and support one another.

Wednesdays
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Free


Helping Children Thrive & Build Resilience
A parenting discussion with Claire Lerner, LCSW-C, licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist

Thursday, September 16 at 8:00 pm on Zoom (RSVP Required)

Join us for a virtual discussion through Zoom about what young children need to thrive in these unprecedented times. Claire Lerner, LCSW-C will provide practical parenting tools to support growth and help build resilience.

About our Speaker:

Claire Lerner, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist. Claire has been a practicing clinician for over 30 years, partnering with parents to understand the behavior and development of their young children. Claire also provides consultation and training to early care and education programs and pediatric providers.

She served as the Director of Parenting Resources at ZERO TO THREE for more than 18 years where she oversaw the development of all parenting educational content. Claire also directed several professional development projects designed to build strong, trusting, collaborative relationships with families of young children.

Claire is the author of numerous parenting publications, curriculae, and articles in addition to a podcast and video series for parents and professionals. Claire writes a column for PBSparents.org and has also written columns for Parenting: The Early Years and American Baby magazines.

Claire has also participated on numerous national advisory panels and task forces related to early child development, including the National Parenting Education Network and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Early Childhood Development.


Sponsored by Washington Hebrew Congregation's Edlavitch-Tyser Family Relations Forum

Our Team

 

 

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Kfirah HaLevi

Kfirah joined Washington Hebrew's Early Childhood team in 2018 and has worked at both the E-TECC and RJWECC. She has taught 2’s and 3’s and was our PLUS Program Coordinator for the past two years. Kfirah has also spent the last three summers with Camp Keetov, most recently as a co-coordinator of our virtual program, Camp Keetov@Home.  

Kfirah grew up in the DMV and earned her BA in studio art from the University of Maryland. Shortly after graduating, Kfirah moved to Israel, where she served in the Israeli Air Force before enrolling in the University of Haifa, where she earned a Master’s Degree in art therapy.

Kfirah worked as an art therapist with young children for four years before she and her husband moved back to the United States in 2017. Kfirah’s interest in child development led her to Early Childhood Education. Her passion and experience in supporting healthy emotional expression guide her as an educator and a manager.

 

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Kristin Zeldes

Kristin Zeldes joined Washington Hebrew Congregation’s E-T ECC in the fall of 2018 as a 3’s and PLUS early childhood educator. This past summer, Kristin served as co-coordinator of Camp Keetov@Home, WHC’s virtual early childhood summer camp, and is thrilled to be joining their RJWECC team this fall.

Originally from Arizona, Kristin moved to the DC area in the fall of 2010. She graduated from The George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. While at GWU, Kristin began her journey into education as a Jumpstart Coordinator working with preschool students in DC Public Schools. Kristin participated in the GWU Psychology Summer Institute, which focused on health promotion and disease prevention in minority communities.

Kristin has a passion for art and storytelling. She graduated from the Elizabeth J. Somers Women’s Leadership Program – Arts & Culture Cohort and studied acting at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Kristin loves incorporating her passion for storytelling and self-expression into her role as an early childhood educator.

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