Learning is a life-long process.

It begins when children participate in an environment that offers a variety of activities that challenge and interest them. During these early years, learning experiences must be diverse, creative, carefully planned and based upon sound principles of child development.

Our philosophy is to foster each child’s intellectual, physical, emotional and language development in an environment which is safe, nurturing and challenging while being sensitive to the needs and preferences of families. The children learn to grow and develop a positive self-image and a strong sense of their Jewish identity using a multi-sensory approach and a developmentally age appropriate curriculum that integrates Judaic and secular materials.

Values are an important part of our Judaic and secular curriculum. We believe that Judaism is best taught by example and through an experiential process.

Early childhood is the most critical period in human growth and development. It is the time when the foundations and pathways for academic achievement are laid. Children learn that play is an important vehicle for their social, emotional, and cognitive development, as well as a reflection of their growth. Children begin to develop communication and language skills while learning to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of themselves and others.


The Early Childhood Center offers enrichment opportunities to our students on a weekly basis. Here is a list of our current offerings:

Adventures in Art

Led by Artist Arlyne Pasco, this class helps students exercise their imagination and view the beauty around them using “artists eyes.” Starting with the creative process, out students find their own unique style and talent and create their own masterpieces. They learn about famous artists and use a variety of mediums in their own work.

Jump Bunch

Always a favorite, this interactive sports and fitness class encourages a healthy lifestyle while building coordination and self-esteem. Activities include age appropriate Basketball, Cheers, Football, Hopscotch, Parachute Games, Soccer, Field Hockey and much more!

Pre-K Academy

Watch how students will benefit from a Pre-K Academy class every Tuesday and Thursday at our ECC.  Click here for a video from Pre-K Academy.

Tiny Dancers

Science Club

Drama Stars

Seth Korey Tennis Academy

Meet Our Staff

The Temple Kol Ami Early Childhood Center has a highly qualified, experienced and exceptionally talented staff, who are committed to ensuring that children will be cared for in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment. All of our staff members are licensed and complete continuing education requirements every year.

Recently, a preschool parent wrote a thank you note and referred to our preschool as the “Disneyland of Daycares.” Our teachers provide an outstanding early childhood curriculum that enables children to receive the best quality education at this crucial time in their young lives. It is the gifted preschool staff that creates a “Magic Kingdom” in our “Small World.”

Debbie Glassman, Early Childhood Education Director

Debbie Glassman has been the Director of Temple Kol Ami Early Childhood Center since June of 2006. She has taught many different age levels for over 40 years including Religious School. In addition, Debbie has been a past Preschool Camp Director.

Debbie grew up in Wisconsin and Minnesota and moved to Arizona in 1983. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1974. She is married to Steve Glassman who is also an educator. Debbie is a grandmother, and the mother of two children, Angela and Steven. One of her highest priorities is to foster a sense of community amongst the staff and families at our exceptional preschool.


Alison, an Arizona Native, relocated back to the Valley in 2013 after spending eight years living and working in Chicago, IL. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human and Child Development from DePaul University. Alison has extensive experience working with young children of all ages. In Chicago, she was a lead teacher at the Florence Heller Jewish Community Center for four years where she taught 2’s and 3’s. She also spent a year teaching Pre-Kindergarten at Camelback Desert School in Scottsdale. Additionally, Alison has completed numerous Early Childhood Professional Development workshops and has received expansive training in toddler behavioral modification.

Alison has been working at TKA as the Early Childhood Assistant Director since May 2014. She is extremely passionate about Early Childhood Education and strives to use her past teaching experience to assist in leading our Preschool staff, children and families.


The Early Childhood Center of Temple Kol Ami opened its doors to a waiting community in 2001. The ECC opened with sixty six children on its first day, and has been successfully serving the Jewish community ever since. Roni Zeman served five years as the school’s first director until she handed the reins to the ECC’s current Director, Debbie Glassman in 2006.

Under Debbie’s loving guidance, the school has continued to grow, and thrive. She added an enrichment program to the already outstanding curriculum. 2010 marked the addition of a second infant room, and a science room. In 2011, Rabbi Jeremy Schneider joined Rabbi B. Charles Herring at Temple Kol Ami. Rabbi Schneider enrolled his two young children in the ECC and conducts services and special programs for the students.

The future is as bright as the colors of this new ECC website. We are taking full advantage of the digital age by incorporating the use of daily classroom pictures and updates that only parents can view within the password protected area of this site. The school welcomes infants through pre-kindergarten.

Early Childhood Center Forms

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