The Early Childhood Education program at CDS provides a warm and nurturing environment where children can learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally while enjoying a vibrant Jewish experience.
Children (ages 3-5) are grouped developmentally rather than strictly by age, and our classrooms represent this structure:
EC Zahav (Hebrew for gold, previously our 3-year-old class)
EC Kachol (Hebrew for blue, previously Pre-K);
EC Gesher (Hebrew for bridge, our new transitional kindergarten)
These names signify our valued membership in the larger CDS community, as well as a reminder of the emphasis on our Hebrew and Jewish Studies curriculum in our Early Childhood program.
Our Early Childhood program is inspired by the practices of Reggio Emilia, a proven, well-researched model that has been shown to help children prepare for kindergarten―and for life. It envisions a world where all children are honored and respected for their potential, capabilities, and humanity.