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Early Childhood Education Center (Ages 2-5)

Giving opportunities_girl_1Welcome to Kadima’s Early Childhood Education Center. Our program is designed to provide children with learning opportunities that are creative and fun, building self-esteem, independence, social skills, confidence and responsibility.

The ECEC balances academic and social development for children two to five years of age. The worlds of language arts (English and Hebrew), science, mathematics, social studies, art, Jewish ritual and culture, and music are explored with children in a developmentally appropriate way. Learning is ongoing, and our students thrive in the warm and nurturing environment staffed by experienced teachers.



We invite you to visit our classrooms, meet our teachers, and see our children at work and play! Contact us for more detailed information.

Beginners (Two Year Olds)

This group of students, (age 2 by September 1) engage in an atmosphere of development and learning. The program, full of creativity, is designed to offer an outlet for a two year old child’s energy, enthusiasm and interests. Our focus with two year old children is to help them make a confident transition to our school environment, separating from home or another care provider and participating in a new routine.

Potty training is incorporated into daily routines with a relaxed attitude enabling each child the opportunity to progress at his/her own rate of development.

Intermediate Students (Three Year Olds)

ECC - intermediate studentsThis group of students (age 3 by September 1) are encouraged and supported so that they can fulfill their developmental task of gaining confidence in their social and cognitive skills. Three year old children participate in a slightly more structured day, increasing their knowledge of shapes, colors, letters and numbers while developing problem solving skills and making independent choices..

Pre-Kindergarten (Four Year Olds)

Our Pre-K (age 4 by September 1) students begin to master the skills required for Kindergarten. Activity centers and group time help children to develop critical thinking skills to learn science, social studies, Hebrew language, math and reading. Four year olds also learn a language of personal responsibility and caring for others that is the foundation for successful social skill development.

Art activities and movement classes stimulate students’ imagination while improving their fine motor skill development. Learning takes place wherever the children are – whether inside the classroom or outdoors.

Throughout the Pre-Kindergarten program, children are challenged and encouraged to learn about their own uniqueness, and build the foundation to be successful in elementary school.

Gesher (Four and Five Year Olds)

Kadima’s Gesher (Transitional Kindergarten) class is designed for four and five year old children — typically with fall and early winter birthdays — or those who could benefit socially, emotionally, physically and/or academically, with an extra year of preparation before entering Kindergarten.

Gesher students are challenged to stretch themselves in a program that emphasizes pre-math, reading, and writing skills. While the goals are similar to Kindergarten, children work at a modified pace with a low child to teacher ratio where they are provided with extra care and attention.

Kadima's Camp Kodiak - Fun in the Summer!

Camp-Kodiak pic1Designed especially for campers ages 2 to 5.

Kadima’s Camp Kodiak is an exciting and enriching opportunity for preschool children to get acquainted with the rhythms and structure of a school day in a relaxed setting and for returning students to enjoy their summer in a fun and familiar place.

Camp Kodiak is a memorable experience for campers as we focus on a different theme each week. New for 2016 is an Israel inspired fun summer.  Each week, students will explore the sights and sounds of Israel as they explore the geography of Israel, foods, engage in arts and crafts, story time, music and dramatic play. In addition, a variety of water play activities are offered daily, including pool, water slide and sprinkler fun to keep our campers cool and happy.

Nutritious and delicious Kosher snacks and hot lunch are included in the camp tuition. All meals include fresh ingredients and fresh fruit. A sample weekly menu might include:

  • Spaghetti with Meat Sauce or Marinara Sauce
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Breakfast for Lunch
  • Pizza
  • Grilled Chicken served with Grains and Salad

Kadima’s Camp Kodiak begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. In our continued effort to remain sensitive to the needs of working parents, we are pleased to offer early morning drop off at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and afternoon extended care from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Campers may enroll by the week, offering families the greatest flexibility in scheduling their summer.

Please contact ECEC Director, Randi Riddle, for more information at (818) 346-0849 x124.

Enrollment forms are available at the following link:  Camp Kodiak 2018 Enrollment Form