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Since 1979, the nationally-accredited Susan Schwaid Early Learning Center at Temple Emanu-El has been committed to providing a safe, caring environment where the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of your young child are met.

As an accredited center, our Early Learning Center has been recognized as an early care and education program exemplifying excellence in the care of young children.  By achieving accreditation, our Early Learning Center provides a high quality program for children, conducive to their individual growth and development.  The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs is sponsored by the Association for Early Learning Leaders.

Open to children ages 18 months to 5 years old from throughout Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, our preschool and voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) program includes a broad range of instruction and enrichment activities for young learners. These include reading and literacy, art, computer skills, gymnastics, Spanish, Hebrew, music and movement, and much more. We also offer Jewish enrichment activities for students and their parents who are interested in them.

  • Our Educational Philosophy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For more information on the Susan Schwaid Early Learning Center, call (941) 377-8074 or email.


"It was a privilege sending my son to Temple Emanu-El's Early Learning Center.  All of the staff are exceptionally aware of each child's needs and cater to them accordingly, and they do it with such care.  I deeply appreciate their thoughtful attention and comforting space.  In addition to their warmth, they also provide a fun, creative learning environment!  They will always hold a special place in my heart, and I know in my son's as well."  (SSELC parent)

"We love this preschool !!  The teachers and staff create an environment that is warm, nurturing, safe and so much FUN!  It truly is our second home!  My three year old runs to his teachers and friends when we arrive and cries when it is time to go home.  A wonderful preschool that ignites excitement and love for learning that my child will be able to carry through his academic journey.  I recommend this learning center to everyone!" (SSELC parent)

"This place is life-changing!  Olivia has grown so much in confidence and is soaring forward both in academic and life skills.  But above that, she is dearly loved by her teachers and that is a priceless source of enrichment in her daily life.  The curriculum is varied and stimulating, and nurtures the children's curiosity.  They encourage parent engagement and many parents contribute with talks, reading, or demonstrations from work.  I fully recommend Temple Emanu-El to parents whose child would benefit from safe and flexible structure, enriching activities and a lot of love."  (SSELC parent)

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