Under the Direction of Eileen Brand

The Temple Emanu-El Early Childhood Community has proudly served the community since 1983.  Our warm, loving, nurturing environment makes us a school of choice for families with young children.  Our goal is to give children a good feeling about themselves and a love for learning.

  “When I come here each morning, I feel like you are family! ~ ECC parent”

Temple Emanu-El’s Early Childhood Community is a Jewish preschool for children ages six weeks to five years old. Our children learn about Jewish values and Jewish traditions, as they participate in weekly Shabbat and Havdalah services, blessings before snacks and meals and age-appropriate programming about the Jewish Holidays. At the same time, our warm, caring, professional faculty and our developmentally based curriculum teach the skills and knowledge that provide the foundation for future schooling.

Temple Emanu-el's Rabbi Zerwekh's & Child

Infant Tot Program
(6 weeks – 12 months, year round)

Pre-school Program
(12 months – 5 years, September – June)

Summer Day Camp
(12 months – 5 years, June-August)

Our Infant-Tot Program features:

  • A 3 to 1 teacher-infant staffing ratio
  • Year-round (51 week) programming, open during secular school holiday periods.
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Open enrollment throughout the year, subject to availability

Our Preschool Program features:

  • A professional full-time faculty
  • Extended Care before and after school (see schedule below)
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Optional Vacation Care during school-breaks (see break periods below)
  • Open enrollment throughout the year, subject to availability
  • Regular interaction with Rabbi Zerwekh, whose daughter is in the program;
  • Children 3 and under do not have to be toilet-trained;
  • A nut-sensitive environment.

Our Preschool Program features:

  • Three, three-week sessions; enroll for one or all
  • A “Safety Town” program for the older children
  • All other key features of our Preschool Program

Our ECC programs are not limited to Temple members.  Current and prospective ECC families are urged to consider the many benefits of Temple membership.

If you have additional questions, please call the Temple Early Childhood Community Office at (248) 967-4847. We will be happy to answer your questions and schedule a visit with you.

Daily ECC Schedule

Infant Tot:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


  • Early care 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
  • Morning Program 8:45 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. (All children are picked up following lunch.)
  • Full-Day Program 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Aftercare 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Summer Camp:

  • Early care 7:30 a.m. TO 8:55 a.m.
  • Half-Day 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Children picked up following lunch)
  • Full-Day 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Aftercare 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.