Early Childhood Center


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We have highly qualified, skilled staff at the Beth Shalom Early Childhood Center. All teachers are required to complete 30 hours of basic Early Childhood Training and 10 hours of annual continuing education. All staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid. We seek loving and nurturing teachers who truly enjoy working with children, are supportive of families and respectful to children.


ECC Director

Leah Lemchen is the director of the Early Childhood Center. She and her husband Matt have three daughters, Heather, Madeline and Hannah, who attends the ECC. Leah has worked in the field of childcare for twenty five years. Her experience includes supervising the after school program at the Jewish Community Center, teaching extended day Kindergarten and preschool, teaching at an English immersion preschool in Japan, running her own home based childcare and working as a Mentor Teacher at Kidspace Childcare Center in Seattle.

Leah received a degree in Early Childhood Education from Bellevue College in 1998. Since then, she has worked to keep current in the field of early childhood by taking classes and attending conferences. She recently participated in the Fellowship for Excellence and Leadership in Jewish Early Childhood Education. She and her husband have been involved in the Seattle Jewish Community in a variety of ways since childhood.

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