Our Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Program is open to the public and loves all children and families. We recognize that intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical development are intricately interwoven. We believe in integrating all areas of learning to address the whole child. Our toddlers and preschoolers thrive on exploration, creativity, spontaneity, and lots of love. Music, yoga, 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.
Address: 600 West 70th Street Indianapolis, IN 46260
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 based on unique needs to address all developmental milestones. We are proud to bring the “Arts” to our students in a variety of ways throughout the year. We bring in a variety of entertainment for all ages and Pre-K students attend field trips including Garfield Park, Clowes Hall, Indianapolis Zoo, e.t.c. Our students also participate in Gymboree and Silly Hearts Yoga throughout the school day.
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
What is your enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?
We enroll children all year long based on classroom availability. Registration for the 2022 Summer Camp and 2022-2023 Schol Year will begin in January. August 1 is our birthday cutoff date.
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. 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 11 children with 2-3 teachers.
18 month+ room with around 10 children with 2 teachers.
2’s we offer a younger an older room with approximately 14 children and 2 teachers.
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 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 visit.
How do teachers communicate with parents? How often do parents receive updates?
We utilize the software Remini to communicate with our families about our student’s daily reports and any communication. Our teachers send out brief daily updates and detailed weekly newsletters. There is also a monthly newsletter that includes updates from our Director, Hebrew Instructor, and Chef.
Does Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center offer support for students with special needs?
We want to provide the best educational experience for all children with or without special needs. However, this may mean we would need outside support from specialized professionals to help guide us and show us new techniques for new students.
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?
Yes. All children have AM snacks, Lunch, and PM snacks. Those children in aftercare also receive a third snack.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
The children must be potty-trained 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
- Silly Hearts Yoga
- Entertainment: Jungle John, Don Miller Magic, Indianapolis Opera Ensemble, MadCap Puppets, etc.
- Gymboree Art
- Crouching Tigers
- TuTu Dance
- Soccer Shots
- Field Trips for Pre-K
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 continue to mask 2+ years and have limited the number of visitors in the building.
Who should parents contact for more information about Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center?