Your Child’s “Home Away from Home”
The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) at the South Hills JCC is a “home away from home” for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. At ECDC, you can trust that your child is safe, secure and appropriately challenged,nurtured by professionals who encourage your child to grow and thrive.
At ECDC, we promote Jewish values, encourage children to appreciate diversity and provide an environment that promotes acceptance and a sense of belonging. We offer a program predictable enough to satisfy a child’s need for routines yet diverse enough to broaden his or her horizons with exciting new experiences.
We believe that discovery and play are a young child’s most important “work.” We provide countless opportunities for children to develop skills and confidence, as well as the environment and freedom for children to have fun!
Our staff respect the uniqueness of each child and consider parents our partners. We welcome your input and strive for ongoing communication between home and school. Together, we can foster your child’s feelings of self-worth, independence and success.
What makes ECDC special
• Indoor swimming pool with instructional swim
• Double-court gymnasium with physical education classes
• Jewish holidays and customs
• Two fenced-in age-specific playgrounds for toddlers and ages 2-5
• Marci Lynn Bernstein outdoor playground with wheelchair access
• Escorts to JCC enrichment classes
• Nature program with Scott Conservancy
• Music class with Sally Mathews
• Judaics with Laura Alpern
Age Groups and Schedules
Monday through Friday: 7 am-6 pm or 9 am-3 pm
Infants: Full-time care for babies starting at 6 weeks through14 months old
Tots: Full-time options for ages 14 months to 2 years
Toddlers: Full-time options for 2-year-olds
Preschoolers: Full-time options for ages 3-5
Full-time option for children who need another year of preschool or who just miss the cut-off for kindergarten because of their birth date. The program includes instruction in math, literacy and art, as well as Judaics, music, nature and swim lessons. The children go on monthly field trips to places such as the Duquesne Incline, Mt. Lebanon Police Department, Mt. Lebanon Fire Department and the park.
Our enrichment program for kindergartners has morning and afternoon options. Children explore monthly themes such as Pittsburgh, Children Around the World and Our Amazing Selves through projects, field trips and special visitors. The program includes music, nature and swim lessons.
Space is limited.
Major funding for Early Childhood programming is provided by the Pittsburgh Jewish Pre-Kindergarten Educational Improvement Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and Keystone STARS/PA Early Learning Keys to Quality with additional support from Massey Charitable