Community Day School Love the learning, Live the Values 

Zahav (Gold) Classroom: Your Child's Home Away From Home 

In the Zahav (Gold) Classroom 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 student science experiment
Early Childhood student learns about Chanukah
Early Childhood students at Kabbalat Shabbat
Early Childhood students play in gym
Early Childhood students paint with watercolors
Early Childhood students play outdoors
Early Childhood student paints with water
Early Childhood students paint outdoors
Early Childhood students examine Etrog

What can you expect from a CDS EC Zahav 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

A unique advantage of our Early Childhood program is the connection developed with older children, who become friends, mentors, and role models throughout their years at Community Day School.

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:

We understand the varying scheduling needs of families, our flexible options include, but aren't limited to those outlined in the chart below. Extended hours are available for additional fee, and kosher hot lunch and snacks are provided daily.

Full Day Hours
Core Hours

Part Time Hours

7:30 a.m.* - 3:30 p.m.
Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
*8:30 a.m. start on Wednesdays

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

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
3 Core Hours days/week

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.