Welcome to the Reggio Emilia-inspired Early Childhood Program at CDS!
A loving, safe environment where creativity and playful learning meet
At Community Day School, our Early Childhood Program for children ages 3 to 5 is a sanctuary of wonder, curiosity, and creativity.
Here, children are celebrated as unique individuals and become active participants in their own learning journey.
Rooted in the profound teachings of Judaism and inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, our program fosters a love for learning through exploration, play, discovery, and sensory experiences.
Our Early Childhood program not only prepares children academically, but also nurtures their social and emotional intelligence. Children develop the confidence to explore, the empathy to understand others, and the knowledge to appreciate their rich Jewish heritage.
We’d love to welcome your child to our vibrant, caring community, where children laugh, learn, discover, and play each day.
What is Reggio Emilia?
Wonder. Curiosity. Capability.
Our son has found a loving, supportive, caring, patient, and understanding home away from home in the CDS Early Childhood community. It's a nurturing environment where he has gained so much more than 'just' an incredible secular and Jewish education. He is learning how to be a valuable and responsible member of a caring and understanding society. CDS is providing my child with the tools he needs in order to make this world a better place.CARIN BLAZER, CDS alum (Class of '98) and Early Childhood parent
Curiosity & Creativity
In our Early Childhood classrooms, curiosity is the compass guiding our educational approach. Questions are encouraged, imaginations run wild, and each child's natural curiosity is celebrated. Through art, music, nature exploration, and play, our youngest learners engage in activities that inspire creativity and critical thinking.
A Love for Learning
Our experienced educators act as facilitators, guiding children to explore the world around them. By incorporating Jewish values and traditions into everyday experiences, we instill a strong sense of identity and belonging. From storytelling that brings Torah stories to life to hands-on activities that explore Jewish customs, our curriculum enriches both the heart and mind.
Our classrooms are vibrant spaces where children, educators, and parents come together in a spirit of mutual respect. Strong partnerships between school and home enhance the development of our students, and we actively involve families in the shared learning process. Older students at CDS also become friends, mentors, and role models through our Shevatim (Tribes) program.
The Early Childhood classrooms are thoughtfully structured based on developmental milestones rather than strict age groupings, creating a learning environment that celebrates and accommodates the unique needs and abilities of each child.
This individualized approach supports educational growth and nurtures a sense of belonging and self-confidence among the students.
Our three classrooms include:
EC Zahav (Hebrew for gold, 3-year-old class)
EC Kachol (Hebrew for blue, Pre-K)
EC Gesher (Hebrew for bridge, our new Transitional Kindergarten)
These names also signify our valued membership in the larger CDS community, as well as serve a reminder of how Jewish values and traditions are woven into our daily routine.
We understand the varying scheduling needs of families, our flexible options include, but aren't limited to those outlined below. Extended hours are available for an additional fee, and kosher hot lunch and snacks are included daily.
|Full-Day Hours||7:30 a.m.* - 3:30 p.m. - Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Friday
|Core Hours||8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Monday - Friday|
|Part-Time Hours (EC Zahav only)||8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Monday -Friday or 3 Core Hours days/week|
* 8:30 a.m. start on Wednesdays for Professional Development, with free childcare starting at 7:30 a.m.
Learning happens best when children are given a supportive and caring environment in which to explore and discover the world around them. Each child has their own learning style, interests, goals, desires, and needs. It is our role as their teachers to provide support so that students can engage in learning experiences with confidence, excitement, and independence. Students should feel supported to try new things, encouraged to learn from mistakes and struggles, and take pride in who they are and what they are capable of.
Jessica Pindzola, EC Kachol Classroom Educator
Opening doors to bright futures
Aligned with our core Jewish values, we are committed to being an inclusive and diverse community. Our school receives funding from the Pittsburgh Jewish Educational Improvement Foundation to provide tuition assistance for Early Childhood students who meet the financial requirements of the program.
Contact CDS Enrollment Management Director Sarah DeWitt to discuss your family’s eligibility.