The Jewish Family Preschool and Parenting Center of Congregation Beth Sholom considers itself a community deeply committed to enriching Jewish family life by providing high quality, experiential secular and Judaic education for children, and their families. The school's philosophy and curriculum are based on the understanding that each child develops at an individual pace. Its program considers the developmental stages and needs of young children, and allows them to learn about themselves, and their world, in a loving and supportive Jewish environment. In line with this philosophy, the groups are divided into Twos, Early Threes, Late Threes and Fours, and Pre-Kindergarten. Although the synagogue's preschool program is informal and flexible, the curriculum is carefully planned and based on the principle of organized free choices. The classrooms are set up by the teachers to guide children toward specific learning goals. Within this structure, children are free to use materials in their own ways, move at their own pace, and select their own experience. Such learning is not inhibited by a teacher's established concepts of completion, achievement, or failure. The staff focuses on developing the child's critical and creative thinking skills, not on their memory. The preschool's teaching staff is trained in techniques of conflict resolution and constructive communication, and they are constantly aware of both individual and group needs. Most have earned full ECE credentials, have remained on staff for many years. The school prides itself on a low teacher/student ratio as well. For those families that need it, extended care hours are available in the morning and evening (for additional fees), with enrichment programs for individuals and families offered throughout the year as well. The temple is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the umbrella organization for Conservative Judaism in the United States.