Noreen Cook Center for Early Childhood Education

Noreen Cook Center for Early Childhood Education

Let them try
Let them fail
Let them succeed
Encourage them

Hanukkah at the NCCECE

Open School Night 2017


First Day of School 2017

The Noreen Cook Center for Early Childhood Education of Har Zion Temple is well respected in our community for its excellent program and caring staff. We have prided ourselves on the “4 E’s” – Explore, Experiment, Experience, and most important, Enjoy!

Every child comes to us with their own set of special interests, needs and characteristics. Our program is founded on the belief that childhood is where our future begins. The Noreen Cook Center represents an exciting outlook on Judaism. Children are taught as unique individuals as well as members of the worldwide Jewish community.

We believe in a flexible curriculum tailored to the needs and interests of each group of children. Our staff of early childhood educators is dedicated to motivating and encouraging every child. Individualized guidance allows each child to reach their fullest potential cognitively, socially, physically, creatively and spiritually. We understand that children’s work is children’s play. The enriched environment of our preschool maximizes each child’s opportunity to explore, discover, and learn through play with materials that are challenging and stimulating. By nurturing and respecting each child, we encourage the development of the child’s sense of well being

We support and encourage a partnership where  our teachers, parents, clergy and congregation work together to achieve and sustain shared goals for our children. Working together will help ensure your child’s success, now and in the future.

We are pleased to offer the following programs:

  • Explorations and Discoveries for the 6 to 12 month old
  • Stay and Play for children 12 to 24 months
  • Transitioning Toddlers—where the parents transition out—18 to 24 months
  • Shalom Chai—without parents—18 to 24 months
  • Preschool for ages 2, 3 and 4
  • Bi-cultural Kindergarten
  • Kids Knowledge College
  • Early and Afternoon late care
  • “Yom Kef” – Holiday care

Kids Knowledge College

Why “shlep” your children to after school activities when they can stay right here at The Noreen Cook Center for after school fun?

Kids Knowledge College is an enrichment program geared to children enrolled in our preschool and kindergarten programs. We provide quality instructors who have experience with preschool children. There are several options and all include an after-school snack.

Yom Kef

In Hebrew, Yom Kef means “fun day” and that is what we provide on days when school is closed for Jewish holidays and more. Yom Kef days at the NCCECE provide the perfect oasis for children asking for fun and special holiday programming on certain holidays

Children  enjoy a fun-filled stay with appropriate holiday programming, awesome activities, stories, snack and more. Parents can rest assured that their children are in a safe environment with a great staff and plenty of enriching social and educational opportunities.


Sunday @ 9 AM
Monday and Thursday @ 6:50 AM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday @ 7 AM
Evening minyanim @ 6 PM

For Rosh Hodesh and holiday times, please check our calendar.

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