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CDT Early Learning Academy (CELA) Curriculum

Here is everything you need to know about Congregation Dor Tamid Early Learning Academy and our fantastic educational programs.  For more information or to register, click here.

6 Weeks - 12 Months

At Congregation Dor Tamid Early Learning Academy even our youngest children can begin their amazing educational journey! Our class for children aged 6 to 12 months is not just a daycare; it's a time for acquiring new skills and knowledge.

In our group, your child will learn to:

  • Develop motor skills and coordination through specially designed games and exercises.
  • Interact with the surrounding world and other children, developing social and communication skills.
  • Explore their environment through various visual, tactile, and auditory experiences.
  • Enhance attention, memory, and cognitive abilities through games and developmental exercises.

At CELA, we create a comfortable and safe environment where your little ones will not only have fun but also gain valuable knowledge and skills for further development. Join us to start your child's journey towards a confident and bright future!

12 Months - 24 Months

We strive to provide comprehensive development for children aged 12 to 24 months.  They will acquire social skills, language development, motor skills, cognitive development, and emotional self-regulation through an exploratory approach which focuses on creativity, imagination, and independence. Our school is a place where your little one will enjoy and benefit from growing and learning!

2 years - 3 years

From the the age of 2 to 3 years old, children immerse themselves in a wonderful world of discovery and development. Here they:

  • Master language: Toddlers not only speak but also begin to understand and express their thoughts.
  • Explore the world: They develop motor skills and cognitive abilities through engaging activities.
  • Make friends: Learn to be friends, share, and solve problems together.
  • Learn exact sciences: We introduce elements of mathematics and natural sciences, helping children understand the basics of these subjects.
  • Manage emotions: We assist children in understanding their emotions and finding ways to manage them.
  • Discover creativity: Through play, children develop imagination and creative abilities.

Additionally, we help children acquire independent skills, including transitioning out of diapers, promoting their healthy and comfortable development. Join us to let your child explore the world of knowledge and joyful childhood with us!

3 Years - 4 Years

For our preschoolers (ages 3 and 4), we offer engaging and innovative programs that will help your child develop and learn joyfully incluidng:

  • Play-based learning: we teach through games, making learning fun and enjoyable for children.
  • Social skills development: we teach children to interact with others, share, show empathy, and collaborate.
  • Language learning: we support speech development, expand vocabulary, and teach correct grammar through games and conversational practices.
  • Mathematical and logical skills: Games and activities that develop logical thinking, teach counting, and introduce basic math concepts.
  • Creativity and arts: we foster imagination and creativity through drawing, construction, music, and dance.
  • Physical development: Exercises that promote motor skills, coordination, and physical activity.
  • Emotional development: we help children manage their emotions, understand others' feelings, and develop empathy.
  • School readiness: we introduce elements of learning that will help children adapt to school life more easily.

We offer a fun and stimulating environment where your child will actively learn and grow under the guidance of experienced educators. Join us for a bright future for your child!


The Pre-K class brings a blend of playful spirit, developing self confidence, sense of wonderment and independent exploration. Pre-K children are also learning how to trust their teachers, themselves and how to navigate social interactions with their peers. Throughout the week Pre-K children have the opportunity to engage in teacher-developed curriculum, participate in Shabbat programming with our Rabbi and Cantorial Soloist, develop their large muscles during large motor time and engage in various enrichment programs during the afternoon hours. Children also have the ability to explore and play in the classroom during free choice time. Free choice activities can range from developing fine motor skills with puzzles, scissor or different writing mediums, building complex structures and roads with blocks on the carpet, looking at books and retelling stories to friends in the reading corner, pretending with dramatic play materials and/or experimenting with materials in the sensory table.

Pre-K children are expected to demonstrate self help skills by cleaning up after mealtimes and play, show independence during mealtimes, toileting, hand washing and dressing. A main goal of our Pre-K program is to ensure that each child is ready for their Kindergarten year. While we greatly concentrate on academic needs we also focus on the social and emotional needs of our Pre-K children as well.

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