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Deutsch Early Childhood Center

Deutsch Early Childhood Center (DECC) -- Congregation Temple Israel's premier preschool -- builds relationships that foster  each child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth in a safe and nurturing Jewish community and offers a variety of programs for children ages 6 weeks (infancy) through Pre-Kindergarten (age 6). 

DECC registration is currently open for existing DECC families. 
Click here for a (tentative) 2023-24 calendar.



We're here to help. For more information, to check current availability, or to set up a tour, contact Lesley Goldenberg, Director of Family Education, at: or 314-432-8076.


SundaySun, 3 MarMarch, 2024

Hamantashen Baking Party

Sunday, Mar 3rd 2:30p to 3:30pGrandparents, parents, or favorite aunts or uncles are invited to enjoy an afternoon with their little (ages 2.5 - 8 years old) and learn how to bake hamantashen for Purim at TI.


FridayFri, 8 MarMarch, 2024

Tot Shabbat & To-go Goodie Bags

Friday, Mar 8th 5:45p to 6:15pThis short Shabbat service – led by our Rabbis and special guests and created just for littles ages 6 and below – is jam-packed with Shabbat tunes your kids know and love, dancing, and tons of fun! Following services, we have some yummy goodies to send home with each family to continue the Shabbat celebration at home.


SundaySun, 10 MarMarch, 2024

Purim Shpiel & Carnival

Sunday, Mar 10th 10:30a to 12:30pDon’t miss TI’s Purim Shpiel & Carnival! Join us for A Very Muppets Purim Shpiel performed by our Religious School students and stay after for our indoor Purim Carnival — geared toward kids in grade 6 and below — for games, prizes, entertainment, food and hamantashen, a costume contest, and so, so much more!


FridayFri, 15 MarMarch, 2024

DECC Spring Break

Friday, Mar 15th (All day)DECC will be closed for spring break from Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 24. We hope you all get a chance to enjoy the new spring weather and we'll see you soon!


FridayFri, 22 MarMarch, 2024

Purim Shabbat

Friday, Mar 22nd 6:30p to 7:30pAt this special Shabbat service, you'll hear a sermon all about the holiday of Purim followed by a dessert Oneg filled with hamantashen and other festive treats.


MondayMon, 25 MarMarch, 2024

DECC Pajama Day

Monday, Mar 25th (All day)Welcome back from Spring Break DECC! To ease the transition back to school, come in your comfy cozies because, why not?


FridayFri, 29 MarMarch, 2024

DECC Purim Celebration

Friday, Mar 29th (All day)Wear your costume, enjoy some treats and join your families at an all-school Shabbat, Purim Edition!


ThursdayThu, 4 AprApril, 2024

Dinner, Drinks & Dough

Thursday, Apr 4th 7:00p to 9:00pJoin us for Dinner, Drinks & Dough with TI member Kathy de la Garza Ortbals – challah-baking expert – to learn how to make this traditional Jewish bread from scratch!


FridayFri, 5 AprApril, 2024

Kabbalat HaSiddur with Rick Recht 

Friday, Apr 5th 6:30p to 7:30pAt this service, we'll celebrate our third-grade students who will receive their first siddurim (prayerbooks) to commemorate this milestone as a gift from the congregation. Musical accompaniment by Rick Recht, a St. Louis native, internationally known and celebrated Jewish artist and song leader.


MondayMon, 22 AprApril, 2024

DECC closes at 12:00pm (Passover)

Monday, Apr 22nd 12:00pSchool will be released early at 12:00 pm in observance of the first night of Passover!



About Deutsch Early Childhood Center

Our certified teachers and specialists engage children in activities that inspire experimentation and stimulate students to recognize problems and create solutions. Students develop positive self-esteem through a wide variety of hands-on activities which encourage play, develop natural curiosity, stimulate creative thinking, and encourage empathy for and acceptance of peers and adults.

Children will participate in art, music, cooking, Hebrew, Spanish, and movement. DECC also has a fabulous enrichment program that promotes investigative learning, as well as a STEAM room for little scientists and creatives. 

Throughout each child's Jewish preschool education, they will celebrate Shabbat and holidays with the Rabbis and with their peers at in-school Tot Shabbat services and classroom celebrations. They will learn Jewish songs and prayers and help to make and taste traditional Jewish foods, as well as enjoy their very own Passover Seder.

At DECC, every teacher knows your child's name, and you'll feel the sense of relief that you are not alone along the journey of parenting a preschooler. Our entire team is here to support you, to have your back on those days when you feel overwhelmed, and to celebrate those little milestones and magic moments with as much enthusiasm as you feel as a parent.

DECC also accommodates your family's changing daily schedules. We are open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm with flexible scheduling of days and hours meet your needs.

Our ultimate goal is to teach our children what it means to be productive members of the community. If you're shopping for a preschool that fits your family, we welcome the opportunity to show you why DECC may just be a perfect fit.

We'd love to take you on a tour of DECC and share more about the school.
Reach out to Lesley Goldenberg, Director of Family Education, at or 314-432-8076 to schedule a visit. 

Make a Contribution to TI's Safety & Security Fund

Though security has been a key priority at TI for many years, we also recognize that these are unusual times, and so we’ve created a Safety & Security Fund to help keep our campus as secure as possible.  Your generosity enables us to take proactive safety measures so that cost is not the deciding factor in how well we are able to protect those who come to learn and worship here at TI.  

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