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Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Early Childhood Center

30 West 68th Street
New York, NY 10023

(212) 877-4050


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Philosophy & Approach

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

"Jewish culture and the celebration of Jewish holidays are integrated into the curriculum. Concepts and skills are developed through experiences with blocks, art materials, dramatic play, science and math materials, literature and music and movement activities. Music and movement specialists work with our children on a weekly basis." (SOURCE:

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The philosophy of the ECC is based upon the developmental meds of younger children. Curriculum flows from the needs and interests of our children. Children have countless opportunities to actively explore, experiment, discover and interact with a variety of age appropriate materials. Emphasis is placed on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of each child. A balance of teacher directed and child directed activities are provided on daily basis." (SOURCE:

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"Daily parent-teacher communication and family involvement are integral aspects of our program. Parent meetings, discussion groups and holiday family celebrations are scheduled throughout the year. Synagogue membership is granted to all families in the Early Childhood Center." (SOURCE:

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

"The ECC provides a warm and nurturing community for our families. Separation occurs in a gradual and trusting manner. Staff and families work cooperatively to insure a smooth transition from home to school." (SOURCE: