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South Hills - Early Childhood Development Center

Your Child’s “Home Away from Home”

Inspired Exploration * Universal Values * Collaborative Journeys

Our Early Childhood Development Centers are Reopening June 1, 2020. Read ECDC Reopening FAQs HERE

For information, please email Gina Crough 

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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.

ECDC News: Gina Crough, previous Assistant Director of the Early Childhood Development Center in Squirrel Hill, has moved into a new position as Associate Director of Early Childhood Development for the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh.  In this new role Gina oversees the daily operation of the JCC’s South Hills Early Childhood Development Center and works in close partnership with the Division Director, Liza Baron, to support the continued growth and development of the school in both of its locations: Squirrel Hill and South Hills. Gina brings several years of experience with her as an educator and as a director. Immediately prior to Gina joining the ECDC team in Squirrel Hill as Assistant Director, she was the Director of the Early Learning Center at Carlow University. Gina also spent eight years in the Early Childhood field as a Lead Educator working with children ages six weeks to four years old.  Gina is a graduate of The College of Wooster and has a degree in Studio Art with a teaching certification for visual arts Pre-K through 12th grade. She earned a Master’s degree in Education and her Director’s Credential from Carlow University. Her commitment to the growth of the program in Squirrel Hill has been supported by continual professional development that has included an intensive study seminar in Reggio Emilia, Italy and learning opportunities with consultants through Carnegie Mellon University’s Cyert Center for Early Education. Gina grew up in Mt. Lebanon and at the South Hills JCC, and currently resides in Brookline with her husband, Damian, and their dog, Odie. 

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

• Talented, dedicated, and experienced educators
• Indoor swimming pool with instructional swim
• Double-court gymnasium for gross motor activity all year long
• 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
• Access to Scott Conservancy
• Skilled JCC specialists teach aquatics, nature, Jewish and Israeli culture, and art

Age Groups and Schedule

ECDC is a year-round early learning center for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. We offer a full time, extended day program for all of our age groups.

• Infants: Can begin as young as six weeks old
• Tots: Children who are one, turning two during the school year
• Toddlers: Children who are two, turning three during the school year
• Preschoolers: Children who are three, turning four during the school year
• Pre-Kindergarten: Children who are four, turning five during the school year

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

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Contact Us

South Hills

Gina Crough: 412-278-1786


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