Loving, play-based curriculum

Rodef Shalom Preschool is a warm nurturing and supportive environment that provides for all areas of a child’s development – physical, emotional, social and cognitive – through an integrated approach to learning.  We recognize that each child is a unique person with his/her own pattern and timing of growth, individual personality, temperament, learning style and cultural background.  It is our task to create a safe and stimulating environment and provide age-appropriate experiences that match the child’s development abilities while challenging his/her interests and understanding.

With play as the core of our curriculum, we provide a program that encourages success through involvement in self-selected activities.  Children develop a positive self-image when they are given opportunities to exercise the power of their own choices.  Teachers observe closely and ask questions, make suggestions and/or add more complex materials to stimulate children’s thinking, extend their learning and build their capabilities.

As a Temple school, we integrate our developmentally appropriate approach with the appreciation of the child’s unfolding Jewish identity.  The preschool takes advantage of its Synagogue setting through extensive interaction with the Rabbis and full use of our site including the Biblical Garden, the libraries, the sanctuary and the chapel.  We acknowledge and respect the diversity of our children while emphasizing Jewish values of family, community, caring and joy.  Through music, holiday celebrations and learning simple blessings, our children gain pride in the richness of their Jewish heritage and culture.

Our Community

The nurturing environment within our preschool extends to the entire community and provides numerous opportunities for young children and adults to make friends and build connections. The school draws form the city’s university, cultural and medical communities. International families, interfaith families and children from other congregations or unaffiliated families throughout Pittsburgh are all welcome to enroll.

The preschool takes advantage of its synagogue setting through interaction with the rabbis, and full use of our site including the library, worship spaces, and gardens. While we acknowledge and respect the diversity of our children, the Rodef Shalom preschool emphasizes the Jewish values of family, community, and caring. Music, holiday celebrations, and learning simple blessings help children gain pride in the richness of the Jewish heritage and culture.

Mimsie Leyton (she/her)
Sidney & Shirley C. Rapport Family Center Director 

Let’s get in touch

Every day is an open house! Schedule a time to stop by and see more of the Family Center Preschool.

Email me at leyton@rodefshalom.org or call 412-621-6566 ext.127