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Deutsch Early Childhood Center

The 2020-21 school year is slated to begin on Monday, September 21, 2020 in our beautifully updated Education Center!
Please note: Due to construction timelines, there is a chance that we may need to push the start date back a week. All registered families will be notified if that is the case.


Since 1985, Deutsch Early Childhood Center (DECC) -- Congregation Temple Israel's preschool -- has been certified by the Missouri Board of Voluntary Accreditation for Early Childhood Education as  preschool adhering to the highest standards of early childhood education. DECC 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 who are walking through Pre-Kindergarten.

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 nature room with guinea pigs, bunnies, and more.

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 7:00 am to 6:00 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 Leslie Wolf, Director of Family Education, at or 314-432-8076 to schedule a visit. 



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Congregation Temple Israel

#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr.
(Ladue @ Spoede Road)
St. Louis, MO 63141-7670

Office: (314) 432 - 8050
Fax: (314) 432 - 8053
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Hours of Operation

Temple Israel Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Preschool Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

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