The Temple Emanu-El Early Childhood Education Center’s mission is to create a dynamic, engaging, Jewish, child-centered community characterized by developmentally appropriate learning, inquiry based exploration, scientific investigation, genuine diversity, and consistent respect.  

We offer families the assurance of a safe, caring, and nurturing environment for their children and an atmosphere of support and understanding for themselves.

We view children as powerful individuals. We respect children for who they are now, as well as for their potential. We provide open-ended materials which invite and cultivate thinking, collaboration and representation of ideas.  Learning is embedded in all aspects of our day through meaningful experiences and opportunities for hands-on and minds- on engagement. 

The art studio, facilitated by our skilled art teacher, walls filled with children’s photographs and work, classrooms filled with natural light, visually pleasing and curiosity inducing natural materials, as well as the culinary arts teaching kitchen, all contribute to age appropriate opportunities for our students to grow in so many ways.  Our environmentally-centered school culture has earned us the distinction of being the only early childhood center in America awarded the Green Ribbon School Award.  Daily practices include recycling, composting and energy awareness beginning at a very young age.  Our garden, chicken coop and living science classroom model our commitment to caring for our world.

Our school’s philosophy is Reggio-inspired and is not bound by a single educational theory.  We use many of today’s best practices in education including, but not limited to project-based learning, collaborative exploration, and differentiated instruction.

Our Staff

Our dedicated educators facilitate the learning process by actively listening to and observing the children.  Teachers enable opportunities for discovery and problem solving, guide and document the learning process and nurture individuals and relationships.  Teachers help build a sense of community in each classroom and school wide.


Temple Emanu-El's Early Childhood Education Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for having demonstrated substantial compliance and excellence with nationally recognized criteria for high-quality early childhood programs.

The ECEC is licensed by the Texas Department of Protective & Regulatory Services.

Temple Emanu-El's Early Childhood Education Center participates in the Early Childhood Education of Reform Judaism, The North American Reggio Alliance, Dallas Association of the Education of Young Children (DAEYC), the Teacher Learning Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and the Jewish Pre-School Director's Council.

Contact Information

Shelly Sender, Director of Early Childhood Education
(P) 214.706.0020 | (E) | (F) 214.706.0025


Logo     8500 Hillcrest Road          Tel. 214.706.0000
     Dallas, Texas 75225          Fax 214.706.0025

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