Philosophy and Mission

The Bay-Nimoy Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel offers early childhood programs to children ages 0-6 years old and their families in a warm and nurturing Jewish environment.

Our center is committed to providing a meaningful and developmental program that embraces play-based, emergent, and outdoor curricula. Each child’s unique style of living and learning is respected and fostered. Jewish values and traditions such as Tikkun Olam are celebrated and interwoven into our programs, drawing upon the important connection between the children, their families, and the vibrant Temple Israel of Hollywood community at large.

Our developmental curriculum is founded on the best practices of “whole child” philosophies and schools of thought. Play-based, purposeful activity with natural objects and real-life tasks creates a positive environment where children learn to enjoy the process of learning rather than focus on the result.

What happens in the classroom is supported by parent education workshops, holiday celebrations, spiritual activities and a working partnership with staff, parents, clergy and the close-knit community of Temple Israel of Hollywood.

Teaching from the Heart

Dedicated, creative and beloved by children and parents, our teachers enrich lessons and activities based on the latest educational research, advancements and tools. Through caring observation and reflection, our class teaching teams come to know each child’s individual interests, stage of development and readiness for learning. Based on their intimate understanding of each child, our teachers encourage and support emerging abilities, skills and growth with love and intention.