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

I am very proud to have been Beth Shalom’s Early Childhood Director since September of 2010. I feel honored, proud and grateful to work with children, families and teachers. I love our school and strive to create an extension of home for families. My husband Matt and I have three unique and amazing daughters, Heather and Madeline, and Hannah. I have worked in the field of childcare for nearly 30 years and it is extraordinarily fulfilling to have some children of parents I cared for many years ago attend the ECC now . My experience includes supervising school-age programming at the Jewish Community Center, teaching extended day kindergarten and preschool, teaching at an English immersion preschool in Japan, running my own home based childcare and working as the Mentor Teacher at Kidspace Childcare Center in Seattle. I received a degree in Early Childhood Education from Bellevue College in 1998. I love spending time with my family, taking vacations and day trips, celebrating birthdays and holidays, photography and scrapbooking.

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