Inspired Exploration * Universal Values * Collaborative Journeys
For information, please email Gina Crough – 412-278-1786
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
• 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