Lillie Brandt Early Childhood Center: The Discovery Years

The Gottesman RTW Academy's Lillie Brandt Early Childhood Center (ECC) nurtures the whole child as he or she learns to become increasingly independent during the early discovery years. The ECC offers a developmentallybased program for infants through Junior Kindergarten. The creative, engaging teachers provide a variety of interactive experiences through which children grow cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and technologically. GRTWA is committed to providing leading-edge technology to support the curriculum, while retaining the core teacher-student relationship. This includes ongoing professional development opportunities for all ECC staff in technology such as iPads and SmartTABLEs. The toddlers through our Junior Kindergarten participate in global school events and in the Fifth Grade/ECC Buddy Program monthly. The ECC curriculum balances strong academics with the joy of exploration. The passion for learning at GRTWA begins in the ECC.

Infant Room

  • Opening in the fall of 2015, there will be an infant room in GRTWA’s new facility. Our youngest members of the GRTWA community will be loved, nurtured, and kept safe while the staff paves the way to their next step in the ECC.
  • Flexible hours may include full-day and half-day programs with options for before and after hours.

Ima Ve Ani

  • The Ima ve Ani program (Mommy and Me) is for 16-24 month-olds and an accompanying adult. It meets once weekly for 1.5 hours and is facilitated by the Director of the ECC.
  • The program introduces young learners to the school setting through activities designed to enrich language and play skills. Through varied music, art, puppetry, and related activities, the learners will attach to both the school setting and the facilitator, promoting a smooth transition to the Toddlers program.


  • Parents may choose programs ranging from two mornings to five full days a week.
  • The play-based, child-centered structure provides the ideal environment through which the toddlers become a cohesive class in their first experience away from home.
  • The theme-based toddler curriculum is filled with literature, art, music, manipulatives, fine and gross motor experiences, Hebrew language, and library.
  • The two-year-olds participate in the ECC Kabbalat Shabbat each week, and families are invited.
  • The students use both the outdoor playground and indoor playspace daily.


  • The three-year-olds may participate in programs ranging from three mornings to five full days a week.
  • The program fosters a growing sense of independence while enhancing language skills, social skills, and play skills.
  • Students learn to work and play together while bonding as a class family.
  • The three-year-old classroom challenges children to explore and grow, working together to achieve a common task.
  • Each week the threes enjoy special curricular enhancements in music, physical education, Hebrew immersion, library, and science.
  • The three-year olds participate in the ECC Kabbalat Shabbat each week, and families are invited.
  • The curriculum challenges the 3s with strong academic goals by differentiating for the varied levels and learning styles of the class. Daily experiences encourage getting messy, having fun, and delighting in the joy of childhood.

Junior Kindergarten

  • The four-year-olds may attend half-day or full-day programs.
  • The JK program cultivates learning, risk-taking, and self-esteem naturally through play experiences, while providing enriched academics to help students to reach their potential in reading, math, and science.
  • The multi-faceted literacy curriculum is designed to reach every student’s learning style and level, supporting student engagement and success. The pre-reading program includes individualized sight word vocabularies, beginning decoding experiences, writing, listening, comprehension, and whole language.
  • The Lower School teachers complement our JK program with special curricular additions in music, art, Hebrew language immersion, science, library, and physical education.
  • The JK participates in the ECC Kabbalat Shabbat each week, and families are invited.

Click here for the Junior Kindergarten Curriculum: Junior Kindergarten