The Temple Beth Torah School of Early Learning at
Old York Road Temple - Beth Am
We are DHS Certified and a Keystone Stars Level 1 Program.
We are proud to offer a variety of options both in the number of days and length of day.
•First-steppers, Waddler and Toddler programs are available 2, 3 or 5 days per week.
•Three and four-year-old programs offered 3 or 5 days per week.
•Pre-K/K program offered 5 days per week.
Mission: The Temple Beth Torah School of Early Learning at Old York Road Temple - Beth Am is dedicated to the social, emotional and cognitive growth and development of young children in a Jewish environment. Our program incorporates Jewish values and traditions and encourages children, along with their families to consciously develop a Jewish identity and lifestyle. We emphasize Jewish worship, tradition, education, youth development and social justice. We strive to be a caring community, one which supports the spiritual and social needs of our diverse and growing population.
Philosophy: Your children explore the space around them which has been structured for optimal learning experiences. At the Temple Beth Torah School of Early Learning at Old York Road Temple - Beth Am, we believe that children are individual learners; each one gaining skills at their own pace and responding to different styles and methods of teaching. We strive to create a rich curriculum that meets the needs of all children: visual, auditory, and perceptual learners. Our philosophy centers itself on the whole child. We aim to nurture and strengthen each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical abilities through our program. We believe that children learn through active play and exploration in a multi-sensory environment.
Parents are a very important part of their child’s growth and development. Open communication between home and school is a top priority. Parents are welcome at any time to observe or actively take part in the classroom and holiday programs. Monthly calendars filled with school wide and classroom specific information, weekly newsletters, and quarterly parent director meetings help keep our parents well informed and involved in their child’s early childhood education.
- To provide a safe and rich environment for children from 3 months through six years old.
- To foster a positive self-image through a warm, play-centered environment that is healthy, safe, and secure.
- To offer creative play and constructive, developmentally appropriate instruction as part of the daily routine.
- To provide every opportunity for growth and learning for each child. Children learn through interaction with other children and through individual exploration, a variety of activities and materials as well as consistent nurturing and guidance.
- To encourage the development of a strong, positive Jewish identity and an appreciation for Judaism.
- To develop a strong relationship between teachers and children where teachers strive to understand and accept each child’s feelings and thoughts.
- To develop a positive partnership between families and teachers.
- To help families understand the methods and goals of our school experience as we work together to enhance the development of their children.
- To establish and maintain community relations that support the growth of our children, their families, the program, and the community.
- To maintain a program with high staff retention and continued training and education
Curriculum: The Temple Beth Torah School of Early Learning at Old York Road Temple - Beth Am curriculum builds each year on skills and prior knowledge of the child. The curriculum varies each year and adds new information and experiences. We believe in meeting the child’s individual needs and promote moving the child forward in all areas of development.
Classrooms are furnished with a variety of age appropriate material and toys. Our facility includes a well-equipped centers room, and a fenced-in, shaded outdoor playground with a pour in place surface, sand/water tables, climbing toys, and an open area for imaginative play, group play and exploration.
The daily routine includes such activities as circle time, music, a variety of fine motor activities, varied art mediums, blocks, science materials, reading and math readiness games, snack, rest time, and gross motor play.
Each age level focuses on topics of study that are relevant to the lives of our children. Our dedicated and experienced teaching staff incorporates literacy, science, social studies, mathematics and the arts into the everyday culture of the school. All of our levels teach to the Pennsylvania State Standards.
The Temple Beth Torah School of Early Learning at Old York Road Temple-Beth Am is an equal opportunity employer and care provider.
Beth Am is licensed by the Department of Human Services and we also have a state- registered kindergarten program. Our staff is certified in First Aid and CPR and is required to provide Child Abuse, Criminal Background Checks and FBI clearance forms at their time of hire.