We're Building a New ECDC!

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We renovated the Annabelle Rubenstein Early Childhood Development Center in the summer of 2013. The project transformed the learning environment to mesh with the JCC’s progressive educational philosophy for engaged learning. Construction will began on June 2013 continued through the summer.

Architect Rothschild Doyno Collaborative created an inspired design that embodies ECDC’s constructivist educational philosophy, drawn from the ideas and practices developed in Reggio Emilia, Italy, that consider the physical environment as a key element to learning through exploration and discovery.

The renewal of the ECDC facilities will greatly enhance children’s experience and education.

Features include:

  • “Marking Time” Calendar Wall, with movable markers to denote Hebrew and Gregorian dates and Jewish holidays, and illustrated with imagery created by and for both children and adults

  • The Studio, an open work area with exposed ceiling and a Tree of Knowledge column

  • Hallways with new lockers and lighting to highlight extensive display panels for children’s artwork

  • New cabinets and fixtures, and distinctive features in each classroom.



The Philip Chosky Charitable and Educational Foundation provided the lead gift for the project, with significant support from The Beacon Foundation and The David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation. Additional support is being actively solicited.


Renovation Image Gallery

Renovation Photo Gallery