Rabbi Joseph Weinberg ECC

Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is NOW OPEN!

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At Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center (RJW ECC), children are encouraged to be creative and curious.

We view your child as capable, competent, and full of wonder. Our educators, 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.

Four young children mixing something in a bowl

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.

Meet Our Team

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.

ECC Programs

We are excited to introduce our new Kesher Class: Building Connections & Developing Communication for Toddlers ages 12-24 months

Tuesdays, 10:00 am, JBSC, beginning October 3 REGISTER

Caregivers are invited to come with their toddlers for an hour of connection and communication designed to support your child’s speech and language development. Led by licensed speech pathologist Allison Parker and our ECC Director, Kfirah HaLevi, this class meets for 8 weeks.

Our Toddlers program is the first step in a child’s educational journey.

A toddler’s first steps into the classroom begin a journey of discovery and understanding. The RJW ECC provides a safe and nurturing place for young toddlers to explore and connect. Our educators intentionally set up the classroom environment to stimulate children’s imagination, encourage communication, and facilitate play. Our low child-to-teacher ratio allows teachers to meet children’s individual and social-emotional needs.

For children who are 16 months old by September 1.

Our Twos program nurtures wonder in young children.

Children make sense of the world that surrounds them through hands-on experiences and guidance from our caring early childhood educators. Our indoor classroom and outdoor environment promote the wonder and excitement the children need to embrace their first school experience. Our program emphasizes social-emotional development and supports children’s developing communication skills.

For children who turn two by September 1.

Our Threes program sees friendships blossom and social dynamics take on a significant role in a child’s life.

At the RJW ECC, children learn through experience how to collaborate with their peers and build friendships that can last a lifetime.

Three-year-old students express their natural curiosity, which guides our educators as they plan learning opportunities to explore different concepts and further their thinking. In the classroom and on the playground, teachers ask reflective questions, encouraging the children to take time to observe their surroundings and formulate their own ideas. Our investigations incorporate early literacy activities, art, math and science concepts, and imagination into play, all while supporting their developing social skills.

For children who turn three by September 1.

Our innovative Pre-K curriculum supports four- and five-year-olds as they prepare for kindergarten with an emphasis on interactive, hands-on learning opportunities.

Our pre-kindergarten program incorporates developmentally appropriate practices that prepare children for the next steps in their educational and life journeys.

We create a learning environment that encourages children to explore concepts about which they are curious. During these inquiries, our educators incorporate developmentally appropriate practices to help children build the pre-writing and pre-reading skills that will prepare them for the next steps in their educational journey.

We focus on helping children build their social-emotional skills, including independence, self-regulation, and collaboration with peers. These foundational skills will serve the children well, not just during their educational journey but throughout their lifelong journey as humans.

For children who turn four by September 1 or are taking an extra year before starting kindergarten.

Enroll Your Child in our RJW ECC


Parent Testimonials

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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 few years in ways that were different than they would have imagined. We believe children are constantly in a state of becoming, based on their environments and experiences. Regardless of whether your child has been in a school setting before or not, we look forward to working with each child to help them feel comfortable exploring and growing in a new environment.

Our schools prioritize the safety and well-being of each community member. We follow current local guidelines and recommendations from the CDC in regard to COVID and any other communicable disease.

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!

Our educators are each qualified according to the standards established by MSDE (the Maryland State Department of Education) and OSSE (Office of the State Superintendent of Education, in DC). We value continued learning and weave professional development for each teacher into our program.

Meet Our Team

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.

We offer extended day options at both our RJW ECC in Potomac, Maryland, and our E-T ECC in Washington, D.C. Please check the schedule for more details (coming soon).


Kfirah HaLevi
Director, RJW ECC