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Valley Beth Shalom Nursery School

15739 Ventura Boulevard
Encino, CA 91436

(818) 788-0567


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Valley Beth Shalom Early Childhood Center is a special place for children birth - 5yrs of age and their families. Everyone is welcome to register for our extraordinary Infant Toddler program (day and evening classes for working parents). We embrace and celebrate the uniqueness of each child.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

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

From the Director:

Understanding of self is the primary development task of very young children. The Child asks: Who am I? Where do I fit in the world? Am I good? We work in partnership with the family to help the child answer these fundamental questions. Our goal is to provide a strong foundation for future growth, learning and happiness.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers have deep roots. Many have been here for decades. Our director has been here for thirty years and began her career as a preschool teacher right here at VBS ECC.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The VBS Early Childhood Departments recognize that young children have their own special ways of learning and experiencing the world.
We acknowledge that the school must teach the TOTAL CHILD:
We seek to create families who participate actively in Jewish life, at home, in the Synagogue, and in the larger community.
We strive to create children who:
Develop communication skills
Achieve autonomy
Problem solve
Develop self esteem
Acquire pride & love of our Jewish tradition
Experience a love of learning, sense of wonder and joy of discovery ."

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our staff is fully accessible to our families via phone calls, internet, our web site and most importantly through face to face conversation.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our highly professional and supportive teachers have extensive experience and ongoing training and certification in all aspects of early childhood education. Our teachers work closely with parents to meet the individual needs of each child's separation issues.