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Welcome to the VBS ECC

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2020!

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The Valley Beth Shalom Early Childhood Center welcomes children from birth through 5 years old. The ECC embraces a child’s natural way of learning and provides an environment that nurtures social, emotional and intellectual development.

Our mission is to love and encourage each child. Through Jewish tradition, wisdom, and values, and with respect and enthusiasm, we nurture and guide each child as an individual. We foster self-esteem, confidence and independence while encouraging inquiry, collaboration, and creativity and cultivating a love for learning. 

We partner with families to provide a safe and supportive community. This is all to create a more just, enlightened and peaceful world.


At the VBS ECC, children learn to face the challenges of their generation collaboratively and creatively through Jewish values. We do this by providing curriculum that addresses the needs of the whole child, including strong thinking skills, compassion and Tikkun Olam (healing the world). We cultivate a passion for learning by engaging children in authentic and meaningful experiences. We embrace each child's unique and natural way of learning, value social responsibility as highly as personal responsibility, and prepare children with the foundational skills to be successful in school and in life.

Our ECC Directors have extensive experience supporting children, parents and teachers. Our roots are deep. Our expert teachers (2-3 per classroom) provide essential guidance, helping children discover passion and intrinsic motivation. We are inspired by the philosophy of Reggio-Emilia and create rich opportunities for inquiry-based learning. Children are encouraged and supported at their own pace by our teachers and educational specialists. 

Collaborative, long-term projects and a curriculum that is responsive to children’s interest provide a meaningful context for discovery. As a result, learning becomes deeply integrated into children’s hearts and minds. 

We have a dedicated full-time Outdoor Classroom specialist so that learning opportunities are expanded into the great outdoors through play and engagement via all five senses and the natural environment.

To learn more about the VBS ECC, please call (818) 788-0567.

Request More Info or Schedule a tour


Infant-Toddler & Family Center

The VBS ECC Infant-Toddler & Family Center (ITFC) offers programming for babies new to this world, toddlers getting ready for preschool, parents with children, and grandparents and their precious grandbabies (and more)! We embrace the uniqueness of each child and offer innovative programs that nurture and prepare our children for a lifelong journey of discovery and joy. Here you will enjoy classes and community in our newly-expanded beautiful space on the synagogue's lower level with warm and welcoming teachers and families.

Take a look at our registration forms linked below to discover a class that fits your family's interests and schedule. Nannies and other caregivers are welcome to bring your little ones to our music classes. We look forward to welcoming you to our Infant-Toddler and Family community!


Register Online Now

For more information, please contact Infant-Toddler & Family Center Director Molly Mills at or at (818) 530-4031.

Prospective Parents

Call us today for a tour! 818.788.0567


Watch our "2 FOR TWOS" video series
highlighting our newest program for 2-year-olds
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thefirst36_large.jpgWe proudly participate in The First 36 Project, a ground-breaking pilot program developed by the Simms/Mann Institute, BJE (Builders for Jewish Education) and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Created to provide Parent & Me facilitators with an exclusive professional development opportunity, The First 36 Project incorporates 21st century approaches to parenting. Parent & Me facilitators receive one-on-one coaching and consultation, including class visits, observation and feedback. Our school is one of a select group of Los Angeles area early childhood centers chosen to participate in The First 36 Project. Learn more >

Preschool Program

VBS ECC Preschool is a warm, nurturing Jewish Environment where children feel safe and secure. Our teachers are gifted, highly trained educators of young children and early Jewish education. We work closely with families and value parents as an integral part of the education process. The ECC is dedicated to encouraging your children to:

  • Develop self-esteem, to know that they are loved and have a special place in the world.
  • Respect all people and embrace our differences.
  • Create a strong identification with Judaism and the Jewish community at VBS.

We cannot accomplish these goals without YOU. Our enthusiastic VBS ECC parents and grandparents are partners with the school in the education of our children. A child’s early years are filled with growth, exploration and wonderful discoveries. Our Preschool provides a rich learning environment that stimulates  curiosity and the joy of being Jewish.  Every child receives personal attention that recognizes their individuality. The Preschool program is for children ages 2 to 5 years. Classes meet 5 days a week.The focus of the first years is socialization, separation and developing language skills.

  • The focus of the first years is socialization, separation and developing language skills.
    ACORNS   (2 - 3 yr. olds)  
    Half Day: 9:30am-1:00pm or Full Day: 9:30am-3:00pm
    SEEDLINGS   (21/2 - 3 yr. olds)  Half Day: 9:30am-1:00pm or Full Day: 9:30am-3:00pm  
  • Children explore a more complex classroom in which learning centers are presented. Making friends, being a friend and learning to be a part of a group are key skills taught at this stage.
    SPROUTS   (3 - 31/2 yr. olds)  
    Half Day: 9:00am-1:00pm or Full Day: 9:00am-3:00pm
    SPRIGS     (31/2 - 4 yr. olds)  Half Day: 9:00am-1:00pm or Full Day: 9:00am-3:00pm 
  • Early math and writing experiences are introduced, along with music, art, body movement and self-esteem skills. 
    PRE-K OAKS    (4 - 5 yr. olds)  
    8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
  • As we prepare for Kindergarten, creative learning with math, science, reading and writing are explored.
    TK (Transitional Kindergarten)    (41/2 - 5 yr. olds)  8:30 a.m.-2:45 pm

Prospective Families

Welcome to the VBS ECC! VBS is renowned for our warm, caring community. The ECC family includes education experts, experienced teachers and rabbinic staff specializing in early childhood education, and our families who play an active role in many aspects of our school.

We welcome children from birth to 5 years old. Since this is your family’s first educational setting outside the home, we ensure an experience that nurtures a deep love for learning. Creative play is essential to learning. Having fun triggers curiosity and cultivates a lifelong love of learning both in and out of the classroom.

At the ECC, children learn pre-literacy and math skills, ensuring a seamless transition from preschool to kindergarten. Our children are also introduced to conversational Hebrew, songs, and prayers. Learning Hebrew in the classroom connects children deeply to the Jewish heritage and culture and prepares them to participate in the Jewish community forever.


VBS Preschool is a developmental program inspired by the principles of High Scope and Reggio Emilia. Our approach is based on the following principles: emergent curriculum, project work, documentation, collaboration and exploration. In the learning environment of our school, children are taught in small classroom groups to insure a sense of belonging in the first step outside the family. A high ratio of adults to children insures that children receive responsive attention and support. Daily activities include a balanced program of indoor/outdoor, quiet/active, collaborative teacher/child-directed experiences. Classrooms are filled with abundant hands-on materials, encouraging exploration, creativity, building, fantasy and communication. Our program includes involvement from parents, rabbis along with music, body movement and gymnastic specialists.

For a list of commonly asked inquiries, see our FAQs.

Apply for VBS ECC


Abby Andiman Mars, Early Childhood Center Director
Phone: (818) 530-4050

Renee Kalmanson, Assistant Director
Phone: (818) 530-4021

Claire Berger, Director of Admissions and Communications
Phone: (818) 530-4030

Molly Mills, Infant-Toddler & Family Center Director
Phone: (818) 530-4031

Nicol Katzir, Director of Student Support Services, ECC and Day School
Phone: (818) 530-4073

Sat, October 24 2020 6 Cheshvan 5781