With the new school year approaching, on July 1st, the Early Learning Center (ELC) of Temple Shalom in Aberdeen welcomed Elyse Everett as its new director. 

Elyse brings over 20 years of preschool experience to Temple Shalom’s Early Learning Center.  For the last 12 years, she worked as the Assistant Director of Temple Emanu-El’s Early Childhood Program in Westfield, NJ.  Prior to Emanu-El, Elyse taught in the classroom with a multitude of preschool ages, was Acting Director and Admissions Director of The Weekday School at the Riverside Church, and worked for two non-profit organizations advocating for the rights of children and families. 

Elyse received a Master’s of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s of Science in human development and family studies from Cornell University.  She is a member of the Union of Reform Jewish Early Childhood Directors and the New Jersey Kenyon Chapter and National Association for the Education for Young Children.    

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Registration is currently taking place for fall programs. Programs will be offered for two-year olds and for three/four year-olds and children need not be toilet-trained.  Sessions will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  A two day a week option is available for two year olds.  Temple Shalom is located at 5 Ayrmont Lane in Aberdeen.


The focus of the programs will be planning a curriculum and teaching that is responsive to the children's interests in order to create meaningful learning experiences.  Programs will incorporate active participation, flexible and adaptable methods, inquiry, and play-based learning.

The popular “Toddler and My Grownup Program” will be offered this summer beginning on Thursday, July 13th.  Sessions are designed for toddler ages 12 months to 30 months along with a parent or caregiver.  They are scheduled for 10:00 am to 11:30 am.   

For more information or to set up a time for a tour, contact Elyse Everett at 732-566-2961 or email her at elcdirector@templeshalomnj.org