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Detroit Jewish Preschools

detroit jewish preschools

It may seem hard to believe, but there will come a time when your child is going to take his or her first step, roll, or crawl out of the nest and into an organized program with other children. Whether you are looking for daycare, full-day preschool, half-day preschool, or something in between, finding the right fit for your child and your family can seem like an overwhelming task.

To help get you on your way, we have rounded up a list of Jewish preschools in the metropolitan Detroit area.

The fine print: The information on this page was provided by the respective schools and as such we can’t ensure the accuracy of any particular entry. If you are interested in a school, the best thing to do is call them, arrange a visit, and ask lots and lots of questions. Not sure what to ask? We can help: Top Ten Questions to Ask a Preschool.

Bloomfield Hills

Temple Beth El Early Childhood Center
7400 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
(248) 865-0611
sweiner@tbeonline.org
Affiliation: Reform
Ages Served: 17 mos. – 5 yrs.
Hours:
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., early drop-off & extended care available
Summer Day Camp? Yes
Special Needs: Temple Beth El ECC is committed to providing an atmosphere of inclusion for children with special needs, developmental delays, disabilities, and health care needs. Our staff work closely with the families and designated early childhood professionals to carry out the goals and objectives outlined by the child’s IFSP or IEP when possible. If we feel that our program is not equipped to meet a child’s needs, we may ask the child’s parents to provide an additional support person in the classroom dedicated to working in conjunction with our staff to ensure that the child can fully participate in all areas of the curriculum and Temple community and reach the outlined goals and objectives to his/her fullest potential.
Description: As a Temple preschool, we are dedicated to exposing our children to the richness of Jewish values and traditions. We believe that high quality Jewish early childhood education fosters the social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual development of young children. Our goal is to help children establish a positive Jewish identity and gain knowledge of their history and religious observances, thereby planting the seeds of a lifelong connection to living a Jewish life. We work to create an atmosphere where both parents and children can grow and learn, and where everyone is treated respectfully and as an individual.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Matzah Ball Soup—warm, comforting, and fun to make!

Farmington Hills

Hillel Day School Early Childhood Center
32200 Middlebelt Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 851-3220
rpappas@hillelday.org
Affiliation: Community Day School
Ages Served: 18 mos. – 5 yrs.
Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., early drop-off & extended care available
Summer Day Camp: Yes
Description: Hillel’s ECC is Michigan’s only NAEYC accredited and 4-Star rated preschool. We provide a warm, loving, and safe environment in which children can develop an intense feeling of pride in their Jewish heritage. Our students have access to Hillel’s vast facility. Religious and cultural programming offer children the opportunity to observe and participate in Jewish customs, rituals, and holiday celebrations. The educational program, both secular and Jewish, strives to support, stimulate, and guide the growth of the child. We provide a play-based curriculum that allows them to learn by being actively involved in their environment. The school sees itself as an extension of the home, viewing education as the sum of all experiences. We promote and encourage the family’s interest and participation in the classroom and holiday celebrations.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: A bubbling, warm, sweet noodle kugel—traditional, comforting, and sweet, with ingredients that are “better together.”

Oak Park

Congregation Beth Shalom Gan Shalom Parent-Tot Class
14601 W. Lincoln
Oak Park, MI 48237
(248) 547-7970
gan_director@congbethshalom
Affiliation: Conservative
Ages Served: 14 mos. – 3 yrs.
Hours:
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Summer Day Camp? Yes
Special Needs: Special needs children are welcome. Our program has the additional bonus of having a caring adult join each child. This way everyone receives one-on-one attention in addition to the teacher facilitating the class.
Description: Our program provides an opportunity for children to experience an initial school setting while interacting with a caring adult, other children and a teacher. Each day the class is set-up with lots of free play choices and opportunities for socialization with others. Several craft projects are also available. We have a short circle time with a story or songs, snacks and either gym time or playing outside are also part of our day.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Matzah ball soup — because it warms the heart, body and soul.

Temple Emanu-El Early Childhood Community
14450 West 10 Mile Rd
Oak Park, MI 48237
(248) 967-4847 (967hugs)
Nurseryadmin@Emanuel-mich.org
Affiliation: Reform
Ages Served: 6 wks – 5 yrs.
Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m, early drop-off & extended care available
Summer Day Camp? Yes
Special Needs: We are inclusive of all children provided that we can meet their needs.
Description: The Temple Emanu-El Early Childhood Community began in 1983. We pride ourselves on empowering all children to reach their highest developmental, social and academic potential. Our full-time staff work year-round and create a bond between children, parents and school.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Hamentashen — because we are all shaped and filled a little differently.

Southfield

Akiva Hebrew Day School
21100 West Twelve Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48076
(248) 386-1625
anita.batt@akiva.org
Affiliation: Modern Orthodox
Ages Served: 6 wks. – 12th grade
Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., early drop-off & extended care available
Financial Aid Available? Yes
Special Needs: Akiva believes that every child has the potential to grow and learn. We believe that education requires a team, composed of the family, the student, and our school professionals. We work with each family to create the optimal learning environment for every student.
Description: The Early Childhood Center’s mission is to support our youngest learners toward the goal of reaching their highest developmental, social and academic potential. We will create and maintain a developmentally appropriate environment for learning while empowering families to participate in and enhance their children’s education. The Early Childhood Center staff at Akiva Hebrew School believes that all children can learn, all children learn best in a safe, caring environment, families and community are vital to child learning, all children can become contributing members of their community, and learners of all abilities and capabilities should have the opportunity to learn without bias or discrimination.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Apples and honey. The apples are hearty and filling—the substance of learning—while the honey is messy and sweet.

West Bloomfield

Ganeinu
4230 Middlebelt Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
(248) 932-8584
myganeinu@gmail.com
Affiliation: Chabad
Ages Served: 2.5 – 5 yrs.
Hours: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., extended day option available
Summer Day Camp? Yes
Description: At Ganeinu we synthesize both the progressive Montessori teaching methods and the enduring modes used by successful Jewish preschools as we strive to follow the words of King Solomon to “guide each child on his or her own path.”  We recognize that a child holds his truth and potential inside of him and it is our job to reach it and let it shine.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Strudel—our building is a bit shabby on the outside but once you step inside you are amazed at the treasure trove of learning happening there.

JCC Sarah & Irving Pitt Child Development Center
6600 W Maple
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
(248) 432-5582
info@jccdet.org
Affiliation: JCC Movement, Community School
Ages Served: 2 mos. – Kindergarten
Hours: 9 a.m. – Noon, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., early drop-off & extended care available
Financial Aid Available? Yes
Summer Day Camp? Yes
Special Needs: We are fortunate to have a special needs department in our JCC who will provide an advocate for children who may want to attend our program. The director of the Special Needs department will meet with the family first to determine whether or not we can meet their needs.
Description: A diverse program serving both Jewish and non-Jewish families providing children with exposure to an array of cultures as well as a strong, values-based curriculum. Located in the JCC, the program includes instructional gym and swim through the sports and aquatics department. An NAEYC accredited school.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: We would be mish-mosh soup, because we are culturally diverse.

Temple Shir Shalom’s Preschool: The Learning Center
2075 Walnut Lake Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
(248) 406-4255
marsha@shirshalom.org
Affiliation: Reform
Ages Served: 2.5 – 5 yrs.
Hours: 9 a.m. – Noon, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., early drop-off & extended care available
Day Camp: Yes
Special Needs: Children with special needs are welcome in all we do.
Description: The Learning Center is a play based preschool that meets our children and families where they are, and welcomes interfaith families. We foster the child’s individual learning style to become successful in the group process. Outdoor play and nature are important parts of our program. We are a relationship-based program where our Rabbis know all of the children and their families and they play with us all the time!
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Chocolate chip challah

Susan & Harold Loss Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel
5725 Walnut Lake Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
(248) 661-5750
emily@temple-israel.org
Affiliation: Reform
Ages Served: 0 – 5 yrs.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., early drop-off & extended care available
Financial Aid Available? Yes
Summer Day Camp? Yes
Special Needs: Each child is different and we are open to and work with all children with special needs and treat each child on a case by case basis determining what is best for that particular child.
Description: Whether you’re searching for your child’s first pre-school experience or looking for a better fit, we understand the importance of the decision and how critical it is to find the right educational home.
We are Detroit’s only Jewish school to receive a “Great Start to Quality” four-star rating featuring:
liberal scholarships for those in need, convenient early and late care and napping available, small class sizes, fully-prepared teachers who deliver an enriching and challenging curriculum, and a safe and loving environment with fun, age-appropriate experiences. Our state of the art facility has dedicated rooms for science, art, music and Hebrew.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Challah. We start with young children, we take the time to let them “rise,” we shape them with Jewish values and traditions, and when they graduate the children have great sustenance to fill the world.
Please note, this article was compiled with the most current information available. If you are a local Jewish preschool and would like to update or add your information, please contract detroit@kveller.com.

 

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