The Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) provides a warm, engaging environment dedicated to nourishing children’s minds and to nurturing their spirits. Located on the Westside of Los Angeles, University Synagogue’s Pre-School and Toddler programs are ideal for Jewish and interfaith families living in Brentwood, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and surrounding areas.
Because we believe no single educational philosophy can meet all the needs of every child, our approach combines a play-based model with several educational philosophies, including the Reggio approach, which fosters community, responsibility, and respect through exploration. Our highly trained and caring staff utilizes a range of methods to encourage both socialization and self-expression. Through this developmental approach, children acquire the foundation they need for future academic achievement, well-being, and an appreciation of Jewish tradition.
For our students and their families the Early Childhood Learning
Center -- which includes the Toddler Learning Center and Preschool
Program -- is a supportive, enriching community both inside and
outside the classroom. Creating a stimulating environment informed
by spiritual awareness, we offer classes specifically designed for
the various stages of a child’s development, from infanthood through
transitional Kindergarten. Ours is a “living curriculum”—one that
grows with the changing needs of your child, as well as the latest
Our engaged, loving staff brings a wide range of educational
experience to University Synagogue and regularly takes part in
continuing education. Staff members draw upon not only their many
years of working with children but also a wellspring of affection and
empathy. Teachers dedicate highly focused attention to each child
with student-to-teacher ratios ranging from 5:1 to 7:1 varying according to the different age group.
Our children enjoy discovering the traditions of Reform Judaism
through music, art, and storytelling, as well as through the active
involvement of our Rabbis and Cantor. We further broaden our
children’s horizons with regular classes lead by musician/educator
Halina Janusz as well as a variety of enrichment programs.
Specialist-teachers guide your child in exploring the worlds of
sports, computers, musical theater, cooking, science, and other
areas of interest (enrichment classes).
We are also proud that our school lives its values by helping families
in need through support from the synagogue as well as The Jewish
Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation.
Our underlying goal is to prepare our children for their ongoing,
educational journey filled with the virtue of self-confidence and the
joy of learning.