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Spaces are limited for the 2023/2024
school year. Waitlist applications are
always welcome. Visits must be scheduled
in advance. 

For more information about the JCC Early Childhood Development Center, please contact:

Squirrel Hill ECDC – Liza Baron, Director 412-697-3530

South Hills ECDC – Cierra Bekich, Associate Director 412-278-1786

Early Childhood Development Center


Children grow and thrive in a program enriched with
language, reading, math, science, art, music and
fun. We believe that discovery and play are young
children’s most important “work,” preparing them for
the academic and life challenges ahead.

Our Approach

ECDC’s approach to early learning is inspired by the
ideas and practices developed in Reggio Emilia, Italy,
for the education of young children. This program—
based on the principles of respect, responsibility and
community through exploration and discovery in a
supportive and enriching environment—resonates
with the JCC mission. ECDC’s curriculum recognizes
each child’s voice and strives to provide a beautiful
environment, small groups for children to do their
work, and access to a wide variety of learning

Our Core Beliefs and Values

• Children are constructivist learners
• Early Childhood educators are professionals
• Our families are our partners
• Our environment is an inspiration for inquiry

Our Educators Make the Difference

Our talented and dedicated teaching team is
committed to ensuring each child’s happiness,
safety and development. It is our priority to employ
experienced and creative educators who meet our
high standards and reflect our value of lifelong
learning. Our educators work together as a team to
ensure children are engaged in daily, meaningful
exploration with one another.
Physical education, music, the arts, Jewish culture and
nature are integrated into a child’s day. Skilled JCC
specialists offer additional enrichment opportunities
for children to develop new skills in aquatics, sports
and dance.

A few more things that make ECDC special

• Values-based exploration of Jewish holidays and
customs through an age and culturally appropriate
lens in every classroom
• Neighborhood and community-based outdoor
• Enrichment classes available, taught by skilled JCC
specialists throughout the school day in dance,
sports and aquatics

Age Groups and Schedules

ECDC is a year-round early learning center.
We operate from 8 am-5:30 pm every weekday.

• Infants: ages 6 weeks+
• Tots: ages 1- and 2-year-olds
• Toddlers: 2- and 3-year-olds
• Preschoolers: 3- and 4-year-olds
• Pre-Kindergarten: 4- and 5-year-olds

Major funding for Early Childhood programming is provided by the Pittsburgh Jewish Pre-Kindergarten Educational Improvement Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.


Become an Educator

  • Competitive Wages
  • Fitness Membership
  • Health Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Employee Discounts on Tuition and Classes
  • Professional Development

Educator Blogs
Contact Us

Squirrel Hill ECDC – Liza Baron, Director 412-697-3530

South Hills ECDC – Cierra Bekich, Associate Director 412-278-1786

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