Active learners, warm community
At Temple Beth Shalom Children's Center children are thinkers who construct knowledge through interacting with the world around them. Working together as a community of learners they ask questions and explore big concepts. Jewish values are woven into the daily curriculum as the children learn to live by our guiding principles: We take care of ourselves, we take care of each other, and we take care of our world. From joyful holiday celebrations to supporting each other through life transitions, the families of Temple Beth Shalom Children’s Center form a warm and welcoming community extending beyond the classroom. At TBSCC learning comes alive.
Experienced and dedicated educators foster a sense of curiosity
Teachers are the foundation of a quality educational program. Our teachers are well versed in child development, both by educational training and relevant experience. Our teachers support learning by closely observing each child and planning activities based on their progress and interests. Our educators are certified as early childhood teachers by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and are learners themselves, eagerly participating in ongoing learning to bring the newest thinking in education to your child's school experience.
Our daily schedule is structured, yet flexible, providing for a variety of experiences, levels of difficulty, and pacing. Academic skills are taught within the context of children’s interests and abilities. Child-initiated learning is balanced with teacher-guided activities for a complete educational experience.
From Our Families
A $500 deposit is due with your application. This deposit is non-refundable. If we do not offer a space to your child, the $500 deposit will be returned.
October 15: Registration opens
October 15-31: Priority period
November 1: Community period begins
December 1: Acceptance offers emailed
March 1: Enrollment agreements due
School Year 2017-18
September through mid-June, with breaks for school vacations, holidays, and monthly early close for teacher professional development similar to the public schools
Year Round 2017-18
September through mid-August with school continuing through many school vacations
Late August though mid-June, following the Needham Public School schedule. Includes full day classes on kindergarten conference days when public kindergarten is cancelled.
Progressive learning environment for your child
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Learning & growth for your whole child
- We partner with speech and language pathologists and occupational therapists for annual screenings as well as onsite private services for children who need additional support in those areas.
- A summer home visit by your child's teacher sets the tone for a warm relationship.
- A series of orientation events offers your child and whole family a comfortable start to the year.
- Regular parent-teacher conferences are scheduled to provide you with a formal opportunity to learn about your child's learning and growth.
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