Our Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual and physical development are intricately interwoven. We believe in integrating all areas of learning to use a holistic approach to education. Our students will thrive on exploration, creativity, spontaneity and lots of love. Our curriculum recognizes that play is the best tool for learning and allows flexibility to follow the interests and needs of your child. 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. Our teachers are committed and responsive to each child’s needs. We strive to give your children a love of learning and discovery, a sense of trust and worthiness that they will take with them into their future experiences.
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, Stuckeys Farm, 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?
At Beth – El Zedeck Early Childhood, we believe in the power of play, including risky play! We strive to achieve and implement the most developmentally appropriate practices of helping our youngest students learn and be successful in their early education. We achieve that by implementing a play based curriculum. Play based preschool may look like children are “just playing” in their classroom, outside, or even in the hallways, but play is how children of this age learn new things!
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 2024 Summer Camp and 2024-2024 School Year will begin in January. August 1 is our birthday cutoff date.
we operate more on a traditional school model. Once the school year begins, there is no movement of children in classes. They start and finish the year in the same room.
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.
For Pre-k we offer a 3 or 5 day full time program.
Drop off begins at 8:50 am. We offer 7:30 early care and 6:00 pm/5:30 (Friday) after care. 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 and older room with approximately 10/14 children and 2 teachers.
- We have (2) 3-year-old rooms with approximately 16 children and 2 teachers.
- We have 3-day Pre-K and 5-day Pre-K. We can accommodate 18 children in each.
What is the teacher/child ratio?
We strive to keep a great ratio for the safety of the children. In some cases, we have 3 teachers in the classroom.
- 12 months – 1/5
- 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 varying college education degrees.
In the lower school, 3’s and under, many of the teachers have degrees in various fields but years of experience.
Is parental participation required?
Our parents can volunteer for various committees. We have a Parent Committee Meeting monthly. Our parents are welcome to come into the classroom anytime they would like. 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
- Step by Step Dance
- Soccer Shots
- Field Trips for Pre-K
What are Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center’s safety policies
We have police security with us daily, and we have an updated secure door system. WE have various security polices and procedures in place.
Who should parents contact for more information about Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center?