Randee Norwood Leads Beth Shir Shalom's ECC

On July 15, 2014, Randee Norwood joined Beth Shir Shalom as the new Director of the Early Childhood Center (ECC).  Ms. Norwood is an award-winning early childhood professional with 29 years of experience at Stephen S. Wise ECC. She leads a team of teachers who have been devoted for many years to child-centered preschool programming and our Reggio Emelia inspired program. 

Ms. Norwood has made her career in supporting and inspiring children and families. She says with great love, “Children’s creativity and motivation for joy and learning continue to surprise and inspire me and I consider it a privilege to join them on their journey at Beth Shir Shalom.”

Because her joy for teaching extends beyond the classroom, she advocates for the Outdoor Classroom Project as part of their executive steering committee. This experience allows Ms. Norwood to bring new techniques to not only the staff and parents of Beth Shir Shalom, but early childhood centers throughout Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties.

We Touch The Future!


Our program serves children 18 months through 5 years old, including Pre-Kindergarten (PK) and Transitional Kindergarten (TK). Toddlers in diapers are welcome.

Beth Shir Shalom Early Childhood Center is located safely and securely within the Temple's facilities on a quiet, residential street. Additionally, we have electronically monitored security. Our preschool has bright indoor classrooms and features a large outside play area. Our Gan Shalom has a well-equipped play yard, climbing structure and sand box - all specially designed for hands-on, creative play.

Beth Shir Shalom Preschool acknowledges and respects the diversity of our children, while emphasizing Jewish values of family, community, caring, joy, tradition and rituals. Through music, holiday celebrations and learning simple blessings, our children gain pride in the richness of their Jewish heritage, culture and history. Every Friday, Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels and Cantor Diane Rose welcome Shabbat in our beautiful sanctuary at our Tot Shabbat.  All are welcome.

Beth Shir Shalom Early Childhood Center is open to all children, regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin. Temple membership is encouraged, but not required.

Our PK and TK programs are enriched with reading, math-readiness and writing skills. 



Beth Shir Shalom ECC

At the Early Childhood Center we believe that child-initiated, child-directed, teacher-supported play is the most important component of our program. Play allows the child to grow physically, emotionally and socially. It is how children learn to negotiate, share, cooperate and respect the rights of others.

Our program encourages positive social behaviors such as cooperation, helpfulness, taking turns and problem solving through verbal communication. Children are given many opportunities for experimentation and involvement including cooking, creative arts, woodworking, storytelling and music.

Our PK and TK classes mark an important transition from pre-school to the primary grades. In these developmentally appropriate classes the focus is on the development of the child as a whole.  It is a time for our students to expand their love of learning, their general knowledge, their ability to get along with others, and their interest in reaching out to the world.

Please call to sign up for a tour.  We would be happy to show you around and have you meet our wonderful teachers.  

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