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University Synagogue Early Childhood Learning Center

11960 Sunset Boulevard
Brentwood , CA 90049

(310) 472-0603


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Philosophy & Approach

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught 'Kabbalat Shabbat is a weekly event with parents joining in as their children celebrate with stories, songs, and blessings over the candles, grape juice, and challah. Our afternoon enrichment programs enable children to experience a wide variety of activities in a fun, educational, and social atmosphere. These include gymnastics, music, computers, cooking, science, Hebrew, tennis, drama and storytelling, soccer, basketball, rhythm and romp, art fantasies, water sports, kinder sports, t-ball, sculpture and modeling, poetry and puppetry, and martial arts.' -- Extracted from the University Synagogue's Early Childhood Learning Center website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

'University Synagogue's Early Childhood Learning Center creates an exciting environment for creative play and learning. Our integrated learning environment is rich and inspiring for young learners and our age blended classes allow them to develop at their own pace. This developmental philosophy is integral to the design of our curriculum, which focuses on enhancing individual skills by utilizing art, building, cooking, movement, science, and social studies. The Early Childhood Learning Center provides a warm and nurturing environment in which each child's uniqueness is recognized and supported.' 'Throughout the year, an important part of our curriculum and community is the observation and celebration of the various Judaic and secular festivals and holidays.' -- Extracted from the University Synagogues's Early Childhood Center's website.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Handling Separation: From the Director

'Our Transition Program is for toddlers entering our preschool the following year. This is a twice weekly, two hour program. Children are given the opportunity to feel connected while exploring and experimenting with their sense of independence.' -- Extracted from the University Synagogue's Early Childhood Learning Center website