Community Day School Love the learning, Live the Values 

Why Pre-K At CDS?


In Pre-K at Community Day School, your child will be welcomed as a unique individual and will be deeply known and loved by our caring and professional staff.

Early Childhood students at play
Early Childhood students celebrate Shabbat
Early Childhood student makes snow angels
Early Childhood student works with teacher
Early Childhood students
Early Childhood student plays
Early Childhood student at work
Early Childhood student at work
Early Childhood student looks at lizard

What can you expect from a CDS Pre-K experience?


Reggio Emilia philosophy

Our curriculum is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which embraces each child as an active participant in their own experiences. The children are given the freedom to explore their world and their social connections in ways that make sense to them. Our teachers work with our youngest learners to find ways to bring their curiosities to life through sensory experiences and play. These fun connections to learning provide a strong foundation upon which our children can build as they continue to grow at CDS.

Jewish learning

Our goal is to seamlessly infuse Hebrew language and Jewish learning throughout the day. We learn about mitzvot as we care for our classroom, count in Hebrew as we line up, participate in school-wide holiday celebrations, and discover Judaism as we explore our interests.  

School community

Unique advantages of a Pre-K located within a Jewish day school are school-wide learning experiences and the connection developed with older children who become friends, mentors, and role models. One of the distinctive opportunities provided to our  students is assignment into “Shvatim” (the Twelve Tribes of Israel). Every member of the school community is part of a multi-age tribe that stays together throughout their time at CDS.

Parent-school-community partnership

We welcome parents, grandparents, siblings, extended family, and caring community members to spend time in our classroom—reading a story, sharing a passion, or just helping with daily activities.

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Hours and Pricing:


Extended hours are available for additional fee, and kosher hot lunch and morning/afternoon snacks are provided daily.

Full Day Hours
($11,250)
Core Hours
($9,655)

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Friday

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday


Community Day School receives funding from the Pittsburgh Jewish Educational Improvement Foundation for Early Childhood students who meet the financial requirements of the program. Our tuition assistance chairperson will be happy to discuss your family’s eligibility for assistance.

Headshot of Andrea Erven-Victoria

Andrea Erven-Victoria is the Co-Director of the Early Childhood Program at CDS and Lead Pre-K Educator. Andrea has an M.Ed. in Early Intervention with Special Education certification from the University of Pittsburgh. She holds an adjunct teaching position at the University of Pittsburgh Combined Accelerated Studies in Education Program and in the Early Intervention Graduate Program where she teaches early intervention and inclusion. Ms. Erven-Victoria (or "Morah Andrea" as she is known to her Pre-K students) has worked in early childhood development for most of her career, including positions at Pittsburgh Public Schools and Pitt's Office of Child Development.