Talmud Torah Early Learning Centre is for children ages 12 months through 5 years. ELC is a play based, inclusive centre with values rooted in Jewish culture.

Here’s what an ELC parent recently wrote:
“I wanted to write you to let you know that your staff are amazing!

[My child] used to go to a different daycare, so I have something to compare to.

The TT staff really seem to care about teaching the kids rather than just trying to control the chaos that invariably comes in a room full of kiddos. Everything I have seen shows there is a clear and consistent approach to communicating with the children as well. The gentle approach deals with discussing why actions are good or bad, rather than just trying to stop bad behaviour or redirecting.

I am also blown away by how much [my child] seems to be learning and by the multitude of activities they get involved in on a daily basis.

ELC Receives Award

Mazal Tov to Osi Goldsand, our Kinderarts educator, who has received an award for the ELC from the ASaP program (Access, Support and Participation) through GRIT (Getting Ready for Inclusion Today). The ASaP Project focuses on social emotional learning in the classroom. It is designed to increase skills in early childhood educators by using evidence based professional practices to strengthen educators ability to: create high quality responsive environments, intentionally teach emotional development, and respond to challenging behaviors. We have been part of the project for 2 years and in that short time have reached DEMONSTRATION SITE STATUS. Other centers, teachers, or educators who are interested in learning more about social emotional support in the classroom are invited to come to our class, and talk to our educators to receive guidance and see what it’s all about.

L-R: Julie Klatt, ELC educator; Gina Blank, GRIT professional development coordinator; Osi Goldsand, ELC educator; Irene St. Savard, ELC director

Childcare Philosophy

We run a play-based program where we feel that children learn best when the program is flexible, stimulating, fun, and based on the interests of each child. The ELC strives to meet the needs of the children both as individuals and as a group. The various facets of the program address the intellectual and cognitive development, and the emotional, social, and physical needs of the children Throughout the day children have an opportunity for structured group activities such as circle time, music, crafts, as well as free time in which they may choose from a variety of play centers including: blocks, cars, housekeeping, art, puzzles and table activities, sand, and water play. Children will have an opportunity for physical activity each day, either outside or in the gym, dependent on the weather.

Judaic Programming

In addition to the core components of early childhood development, the program curriculum will incorporate experiences involving the use of Hebrew language, celebration of Shabbat and other Jewish holidays, Jewish customs and traditions, learning Jewish songs and dance, as well as weaving into the entire preschool environment a strong and positive identification with Israel. The notion of “Judaism as an integrated part of everyday life” is incorporated into all our programs.

ELC Monthly Fees for 2020-21

1 Year-old Program (born 2019)

Full Time:


Individual Day:


Individual Morning:


Individual Afternoon**

$170 (only if child attends the same morning)

2 Year-old Program (born 2018)

Full time:


Individual Day:


Individual Morning:


Individual Afternoon**

$160 (only if child attends the same morning)

3 Year-old Program (born 2017)

Full time:


Individual Day:


Individual Morning:


Individual Afternoon**

$155 (only if child attends the same morning)

4 Year-old Program (born 2016)

Full time:


Individual Day:


Individual Morning:


Individual Afternoon**

$150 (only if child stays same morning)

Registration fee

$250 one-time payment

Kinderarts Program

Kinderarts is an optional half day music and art based program for children of kindergarten age (5 years). We teach children through creative play, arts and crafts, science experiments, music and movement, and special events. We believe that a warm supportive environment, where children’s curiosity is aroused and where children are free to make their own choices, will only lead to a love of learning and self confidence. The learn-through-play philosophy fosters such an environment and encourages self expression, creativity, and success. Our classroom activities are geared towards both the group and the individual needs of the children to ensure that each child has many positive experiences.

Kinderarts runs in the afternoons, following the morning kindergarten program. We operate at a ratio of 1 educator per 10 children.

Hours of Operation:  11:30 am to 3:30 pm.

  • Full time: $340/month
  • 4 days per week: $340/month
  • 3 days per week: $320/month
  • 2 days per week: $260/month
  • 1 day per week:   $210/month

Out of School Care Program

Our Out of School Care Program is for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6. It is run by educators who provide stimulating and fun activities for all children in their care. Healthy snacks are provided.

Hours of Operation:

7:30 am to 5:30 pm


First child in the family:        $350/month

Each additional child:            $200/month

For more information on any of these programs:

Please contact:

Irene St. Savard, ELC Director, at 780-483-0170.