Edlavitch-Tyser ECC

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway!

E-T ECC Application     Information Request

At Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center (E-T ECC), we believe children are capable, competent, and full of wonder.

We view learning as a process of construction, growth, and reflection. Our team of educators provides intentional experiences that will spark questions, inspire creativity, 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.

The Classroom

As a Reggio-inspired program, we view the environment itself as the “third teacher.” Each classroom is intentionally designed to promote exploration and spark inquiry. Our indoor and outdoor environments are designed for each child to learn and explore, build meaningful relationships with peers and educators, and express their ideas, questions, and experiences.

The Educator

We view learning as a life-long journey, and our educators are committed to learning in partnership with the children. Our experienced, qualified educators are passionate about building a positive and engaging community for the children and their families. We value the growth of the whole child, and our educators intentionally design experiences to encourage developmental growth while honoring the interests and inquiries of the children.

The Community

We value the unique gifts that each child and family brings to our community. We are dedicated to working in partnership with families to ensure a quality educational experience for every child. In the WHC community, our Jewish values are integrated into each part of the children’s routine and provide a focal point of learning.

Schedule and Tuition

August 30, 2022 – May 31, 2023

(If you are interested in a spot for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year, please contact Miryam Buchler, mbuchler@whctemple.org or 301-354-3208, for more information.)


If you have a child who turns two after September 30, they can start after their birthday! Tuition will be prorated.


9am – 12pm: $9,500


9am – 12pm: $15,100
9am – 3pm: $25,800
Early Care (8am – 9am): + $2,700



9am – 12pm: $15,100
9am – 3pm: $25,800
Early Care (8am – 9am): + $2,700



9am – 3pm: $25,800
Early Care (8am – 9am): + $2,700


Registration Fee: $100
Activity Fee (per child): $100
Security Fee (per family): $250

Enroll your child in our E-T ECC

2022-2023 Application

Interested in Summer Opportunities?

Give your child the gift of friends and fun with a summer at Camp Keetov, with two locations: at WHC’s Temple in Northwest D.C. and our beautiful, expansive campus in Potomac, Maryland.

Learn More about Camp Keetov – DC


Our Early Childhood Centers’ philosophy is rooted in the Social Constructivist approach where children and teachers co-construct the learning in partnership. We believe children learn through hands-on experiences (and play!) where they can use all of their senses and be fully involved in the learning experience. We strive to promote 21st-century life skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, perspective taking, communication, and collaboration. We draw inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach, noting the importance of the environment and its connection to learning. Judaism frames the arc of our year as well as our values. In particular, the Jewish belief that each child is unique and created in the divine image. We LOVE talking about our philosophy and invite you to reach out if you want to learn more or discuss our approach.

We know the pandemic has been difficult on every member of our society, including children. Many children (and adults) spent the last year in ways that were different than they would have imagined. We believe our role is to help families begin to heal at this time of transition.

Our schools prioritize the safety and well-being of each community member. This means we follow all regulations and implement precautions, including mask-wearing, appropriate physical distancing, and rigorous cleaning (among other things).

We do not subscribe to the notion that children need to “catch up” following this time of pandemic. Instead, we believe children are constantly in a state of becoming, based on their environments and experiences. Now, as students re-enter the physical classroom, we look forward to working with each child to help them feel comfortable exploring and growing in this new place.

Classroom placements are based on a series of important and complex variables. Our priority is for students to develop friendships in their class; we also know that longstanding relationships are important. We accept two “social requests” per child and will consider these as we create the classes. We do not guarantee any social requests. We do, however, promise to work with each family to promote their child’s well-being and sense of comfort and community within their class. The development of meaningful friendships and relationships is core to our mission!

Each teacher is qualified according to the standards established by OSSE (the Office of the State Superintendent of Education) in DC. In addition, we weave professional development for each teacher into our program.

We love how many families are familiar with teachers from our community! Our school places the highest emphasis on matching teachers and students. To do this, we consider a host of complex variables, including the teacher’s experience, knowledge of the age group, growth mindset, and more. We do not take teacher requests. We absolutely welcome and invite you to share information about your child, their disposition, and the best potential variables that will lead to a good match.

The school day at our E-T ECC in Washington, DC, will begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. We offer Early Care starting at 8:00 am.

We plan to offer extended hours at the RJWECC in Potomac, Maryland, opening at 8:00 am and ending the day at 5:30 pm. In following the latest regulations and guidelines, we will know if this is possible as we near the start of the school year. If you are interested in before- or after-care, we encourage you to indicate your preferences when you register so we can plan accordingly.

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Miryam Buchler
Director of Early Childhood
Kristin Zeldes
Director,  E-T ECC