Early Childhood Program FAQ

What are the hours of the program?

We open as early as 7:30 a.m. and stay open until 6:00pm Monday through Friday. In observance of Shabbat, we close at 4:00pm on Fridays between mid-October and mid-March.
We offer half-day schedules from 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., “school day” schedules from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and a 12:45pm pick up for children with siblings in the preschool program.
For our school calendar, click here.

Our family is not Jewish. Can my child attend ECP?

One of the wonderful qualities of our program is our diversity! While many families are Jewish or have Jewish family members, there are also families that come from other religious backgrounds. Additionally, just like our beautiful Mt. Airy, our program is richly diverse, which is exemplified through the variety of cultures and family structures that make up our school’s community. In other words…ALL ARE WELCOME!!

What is your policy regarding school cancellation?

School closing announcements are made through Remind messaging service, emails, and announcements via social media. Parents can contact the school for information on how to sign up for Remind. Weather-related closings are guided by the School District of Philadelphia.

What are the staff qualifications?

We are so proud of the talent, expertise and longevity that the ECP staff brings to our program! Our creative and dedicated staff come with amazing backgrounds, including Doctorate, Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate Degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Social Work, the Arts and so much more!

What is the tuition?

We offer competitive tuition rates that are tailored to your needs. For more information, click here.

How do I set up a tour to see ECP?

We are open Monday through Friday 7:30-6:00. We can be reached by calling 215-844-1510 or fill out this form and we will contact you to schedule a visit.

I want my child to be ready for school; why aren’t you teaching ABCs and 123s?

ECP’s is a play-based curriculum which is supported by current research connected to brain development and the need for social and emotional learning in the first five years. ECP’s curriculum follows the individual needs and abilities of the children in addition to connecting to their own personal interests and sense of wonder. We believe children learn better when they take the lead and teachers enrich their experiences. “ABCs and 123s” are taught but in a developmentally appropriate method, as they are incorporated in the day to day play of the classrooms and connected to children’s interests. Children learn when they are interested and engaged. Additionally, ECP focuses on foundational kindergarten readiness skills with a commitment to building on the skills of communication, self-regulation, resiliency, connection, compassion, collaboration, and adaptability.