What is an Early Childhood Center?
An early childhood center is a community resource that serves as the hub and main host of a wide array of paramedical and developmental services, and formal and informal educational programs, for children aged birth-six years and their parents.
Depending on the needs of the town, an early childhood center (ECC) includes the following key functions:
- Child Development Unit - to assess, treat and monitor children in need of specific therapeutic intervention, e.g. physical, speech or psychological therapy (sometimes includes a Well-Baby Clinic)
- Day Care Center - to care for children aged 3 months-3 years, so that their mothers can go out to work
- Enrichment Unit - to offer stimulating group activities for babies, toddlers and parents, to encourage their natural love for learning; and to run parenting groups to support and inform the child's primary carers
- Outreach Unit - to support families at risk within their homes; and to train and supervise professional teams working in early childhood frameworks around the town
Building ECCs in the Periphery
2007 - completion of Pa'ot Center in Tirat Carmel
2008 - completion of ECC in Shlomi and in Bat Yam
2010 - completion of ECCs in Acre, Hatzor Haglilit and Kiryat Shmona;
2012 - completion of ECCs in Merom Hagalil Regional Council and Kiryat Malachi
Read more about Municipal Early Childhood Programs