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Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC)

The Early Childhood Learning Center’s UNIFIED Approach to Learning

Uniquely Nurturing and Innovative, Family and Individual Environment for Development.

Now Enrolling for the 2019 - 2020 School Year!

Thank you for your interest in University Synagogue’s Early Childhood Learning Center! The first step is scheduling a tour. We meet with parents for individual tours and are able to any and all questions you may have. The completion of your Application for Admission with $100 fee is the second step, that puts you on our list of potential incoming preschool families. Click here to complete and online application of admission.

Upon entering our school, you will discover a nurturing, community oriented environment which provides both developmentally and educationally appropriate hands-on exploration and academia. Each of our classrooms has dedicated teachers and a curriculum specifically designed to meet our children's needs, encourage and stimulate their curiosity and fulfill their dreams. We utilize an individualized educational program which encompasses a kindergarten readiness approach. Our early childhood program provides an environment full of fun, laughter, self-expression, creativity, music, art, and Jewish awareness.


Click here to see the ECLC School Calendar.


We believe your child’s education is a family partnership and ECLC supports parents’ active participation. We also encourage open communication among parents, teachers, and the director. There will be many opportunities to participate from Kinder Shabbat to Thanksgiving Feast, Hanukkah the Musical, and more. The director will keep families up to date on school happenings through emails, flyers, newsletters, surveys, and many more. 

Parent Education 

We regularly host informative guests to speak on such topics as setting limits, child safety, and other important parenting issues. Please be on the lookout for these events!


We have built a strong, vibrant community by encouraging and fostering bonds among our student’s families. In addition to our parent-hosted mom’s discussion group, our Parents Assistance League (PAL) is open to all parents. PAL meets every month to discuss the latest developments at the school, upcoming events, and new ideas. Additionally, PAL organizes playdates, Shabbat dinners, and food deliveries for ECLC families who have just welcomed new babies. Mazel Tov! 

Hosted by one parent from each class or age group, evening socials strengthen the ties among parents. Events include potlucks, wine and cheese gatherings, barbeques and pizza parties. 

We are proud that University Synagogue’s ECLC is a community where lasting friendships are formed not only among children, but also among parents—and even grandparents!


Every day our children have exposure to tactile activities designed to explore the where, why and how of learning. Through art, math, science, literacy and play integration, the University Synagogue Early Childhood Learning Center fosters and instills a love for learning in our young students throughout our classes and programs. Your child will be immersed in a warm, loving environment where social and emotional development, initial transitions and friendships develop and flourish. As your child moves forward in our school, he/she will be immersed in a kindergarten-readiness program which stresses creative thinking, decision making, problem solving, language development and communication. Our goal is to prepare and empower our children for entrance into kindergarten, promote relationships with other children and teachers and enrich them with a lifelong love of learning and Judaism.


University Synagogue Early Childhood Learning Center provides a secure and nurturing environment steeped in Jewish awareness and tradition where each child will grow and excel to the best of their ability.  Students engage in a contemporary, playful, hands-on approach to Judaism based on the philosophy and application of Reform Judaism.  Our Director of Jewish Education, Rabbis and Cantor are graciously and actively involved in our wonderful preschool.  

Click here to learn more about the schools our ECLC graduates have moved on to and testimonials.

To find out more about ECLC, get in touch with:

April Schafer, Director of Early Childhood Learning Center
Phone: (310) 472-0603
Fax: (310) 476-6587

Tue, January 31 2023 9 Shevat 5783