Ultimate Preschool Guide Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center

Our Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Program begins it’s 40th year and is open to the public. We recognize that intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual and physical development are intricately interwoven. We believe in integrating all areas of learning so as to address the whole child. Our toddlers and preschoolers will thrive on exploration, creativity, spontaneity and lots of love. Music, arts and crafts, cooking, large and small motor skill activities, creative movement and entertainment programs are all designed to develop your child’s full potential.

General Info:

Address: 600 West 70th Street Indianapolis, IN 46260
Phone: 317-259-6854
Website: http://www.bez613.org


Q&A with Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center:

What makes Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center unique?

Our curriculum is created for each age group one level higher than it really is. An example would be our 2’s are following a 3 year old curriculum and our 3’s are following a 4 year old curriculum. Our 3’s are doing phonemic awareness and studying a letter sound each week. Our Pre-K children are following a kindergarten readiness program. With this said, we continue to teach each group of children with age appropriate learning activities only. This combination works beautifully for the success of our children. 

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What is Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center’s educational philosophy?

We are a traditional preschool. Our teachers are committed and responsive to each child’s needs We strive to give our children a love of learning and discovery and a sense of trust and worthiness that they will take with them into their future experiences. Graduates of our Early Childhood Program continue to grow and mature with self-confidence, excellent learning and socialization skills, and enhanced self-esteem.

What is Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center’s age/grade range?

12 months+, 18 months+, 2’s+, 3’s+ and Pre-K 4/5’s

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What is your enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?

Enrollment has begun. We enroll children all year long. Parents are currently registering the children online for this coming Summer Camp 2021 and next School Year 2021-2022. August 1 is our cutoff date. Please call for a brochure/registration packet. Joanie or Stephanie at 317-259-6854 [email protected]

To enroll, please go to www.bez613.org

What are the standard school day hours? Does Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center offer flexible day/hour options? Is before/after school care available?

For the 2’s and under, we offer half days until 12:30 pm or full days until 3:00 pm. For 3’s and up, we offer full days until 3:00 pm. You can choose your days for 3’s and under. Drop off begins at 8:50 am. If COVID is gone, we offer 7:30 early care and 6:00 pm/5:30 (Friday) late pick up. We offer full time and part-time.

How many children are in each class? How are children divided up?

We have a 12 month+ room with 12 or 13 children with 2-3 teachers. 18 month+ room with around 15 children with 3 teachers. 2’s we offer a young 2’s room and an older 2’s room for the children who missed the cutoff to the 3’s. We take approximately 14 or 15 children. We have (2) 3-year-old rooms where the children are mixed to make nice communities. We take approximately 16 children. We have (1) 3-day Pre-K and (2) 5-day Pre-K. We can accommodate 16 to 18 children in each.

What is the teacher/child ratio?

We strive to keep a great ratio for the safety of the children. We always have a minimum of 2 teachers in each classroom. In some cases, we have 3 teachers in the classroom.

  • 12 months – 1/4
  • 18 months – 1/5
  • 2’s – 1/6 or 7
  • 3’s – 1/8
  • 4’s/5’s – 1/8 or 9

What are the teacher’s credentials?

In the Pre-K, many of the teachers have elementary education degrees. In the lower school, 3’s and under, many of the teachers have degrees in various fields. We also have wonderful, loving caregivers with many years of experience.

Is parental participation required?

Our parents can volunteer for various committees. We have a Parent Committee Meeting monthly. Under non – COVID conditions, our parents are welcome to come into the classroom anytime they want. They can volunteer or just visit.

How do teachers communicate with parents? How often do parents receive updates?

Our 12-month-olds get daily notes the first few months. All other classes are sent home a weekly newsletter filled with updates and pictures (most on Snapfish). We also send home a monthly newsletter. The teachers talk with parents on email, text messages, and the phone. 

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Does Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center offer support for students with special needs?

Yes, if we are qualified. We try to include all children as long as we can add to that child’s success, and it doesn’t take a teacher away from the group. Shadows are always welcome.

How much time do the children spend outside?

We take the children outside as long as it is at least 32 degrees and a safe wind chill. We also watch the heat level so the children do not become endangered. We follow the heat index.

Are meals and/or snacks provided?

We have a wonderful Chef on Staff. She provides all the lunches for the children as well as handling all the allergies. She also provides at least two healthy snacks a day. No extra charge.

Does my child need to be potty-trained?

The children have to be potty-trained only if they are going into our Pre-K 4’s/5’s class.

What enrichment programs/activities are offered?

  • We offer Ms. Liz the Science Wiz monthly for the Pre-K
  • Gymboree on the go with classes for the 18 months – Pre-K
  • Music in Me and Harmony Road
  • Spanish
  • Entertainment: Jungle John, Don Miller Magic, Indianapolis Opera Ensemble, etc.
  • Gymboree Art
  • Crouching Tigers
  • TuTu Dance
  • Ballet
  • Bricks 4 Kidz
  • Field Trips to Clowes Hall, Beef and Boards, and more.

What are Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center’s safety policies? What extra safety measures is Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We have police security with us daily, and we have an updated secure door system. We have a long COVID Protocol that we follow daily. Please email [email protected] for a copy.

Who should parents contact for more information about Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center?

Please contact:

Joanie Waldman [email protected] 317-259-6854
Stephanie Payne [email protected] 317-259-6854

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