MMA Early Learning Center

The MMA ELC in Scottsdale is now lovingly serving Jewish children, ages six weeks – kindergarten.

In January 2022, we are opening two new classrooms:

  • Infant classroom (Six Weeks – 12 months)
  • Toddlers (12 – 36 months)
To request more information on our new infant and toddler programs, click here.

We are a boutique preschool and we pride ourselves in small class sizes, with each child being treated as a very special member of our family.

The MMA ELC curriculum is an integration of academics, life skills, social emotional development, and a strong, happy Jewish foundation. We feature a loving, nurturing environment that promotes holistic education and a love of learning as the critical building blocks for lifelong academic excellence.

Building Heroes

What makes the MMA ELC different?

At Menachem Mendel Academy’s Early Learning Center, our curriculum is designed to equip our students to thrive in today’s world, while simultaneously preparing them to be the Leaders of Tomorrow. Our curriculum includes traditional Jewish knowledge and wisdom, outstanding academics, social-emotional wellness, daily life skills, and character development, all within a child-focused, loving and creative learning environment.

Continuity of Care

Launching in Fall 2022 will be the heart of the MMA ELC: our Primary Caregiver Program, based on the Attachment Theory. Pioneered by leading researchists in the fields of Human Psychology and Early Childhood, the theory shows that young children need to develop a relationship with at least one Primary Caregiver (PC) for optimal social and emotional development. Children carry the lesson they learn about the nature of trust with them for the remainder of life. For this reason, we strive for continuity of care.

As much as possible, our children will have the same PC for their time at MMA ELC. We carefully select staff who understand the importance of their relationships with children. MMA PCs start out with our Infants and travel the entire preschool journey with the same group of children, focused on nurturing special relationship with the child and their family.

Parents contribute to a Sustainability Fund each year that allows us to minimize teacher turnover and attract amazingly qualified, gifted, and loving teachers. In turn, this allows our children to learn more and travel further in their development, because less time is needed each year to develop new bonds between teachers and students.

Dual-Language Immersion

Our preschool program is a language immersion program, with instruction taught in both English and Hebrew. All areas of study are done in both English and Hebrew creating bilingual learners. Studies show that children who are introduced to a second language at an early age are typically more creative than their counterparts who can only communicate in their first language. It has also been found the cognitive skills they learn can lead to better academic outcomes.

Click here to download a summary of some of the many benefits of a dual-language program.

Jewish Studies

Our Jewish curriculum is taught and modeled throughout the entire day.  Students learn about the Jewish holidays and calendar, Shabbat, and the unique Jewish culture.  They will grow with a healthy love of Hashem, love of all Jews around the world, and love for the land of Israel.

Academics

Our project-based learning system is designed to create the highest standards in literacy and numeracy outcomes for kindergarten readiness.

Mathematics: Looking at the calendar each day is a wonderful way to introduce math concepts to our youngest students by learning to count and recognize numbers from 0-31. Colors, shapes, months, seasons, and daily phrases in both English and Hebrew are introduced during this time and used throughout the day.

Language Arts: Preschoolers will be introduced to daily journal entries. Special projects will be done that correlate to the letter of the week introducing new words and developing hands-on skills for fine motor development.

Art

MMA offers a Fine Arts program that introduces children at the age of 3 to artists through the 21st Century. The children will learn about multiple artists throughout the year and create artwork that is inspired by those artists. Covers areas of fine and gross motor skills, mathematics, emotional skills, language, art, and science.

Music

Music class will introduce different types of music and break it down to identify the rhythm and tonal patterns of the songs through sing-a-longs, dancing, instruments, and nursery rhymes. Your child will learn basic music competency that will help them move toward primary music competency and the ability to play a musical instrument such as the piano or violin. Songs will be introduced in English and Hebrew. Covers areas of fine and gross motor skills, mathematics, emotional skills, language, and art.

Organic Garden

MMA ELC students will take care of their own organic garden. This will introduce them to gardening and the science behind it. Students will learn the importance of composting, sustainability, how to plant, the cycle of growth for plants, and how to build, maintain and care for a garden. Covers areas of fine and gross motor skills, mathematics, language, and science.

Click here for a summary of the many research-backed benefits our gardening curriculum.

Plant-Based Kosher Meals

In addition to our academic and Jewish studies, MMA ELC offers high quality, kosher, plant-based snacks and lunches, prepared fresh daily on site by our in-house chef. It is our belief that not only must we take care of our minds, but also take care of our bodies using delicious and healthy ingredients that keep our whole body healthy.

MMA is proud to offer the only kosher, organic, plant-based, sustainable school food program in the country.

Field Trips & Enrichment Activities

Multiple Field Trips & Enrichment Activities will be planned throughout the year that are designed to enhance the themes and curriculum while furthering their early childhood development.

Keeping You in the Loop

We work hard to keep you updated on the progress, development, and activities of your little one throughout the day.

We share fun snapshots of their precious moments throughout the day to help you stay connected. We also log and share their eating, sleeping, and diaper details.

In addition, we post our monthly menu, weekly curriculum, and daily schedule.

Our Primary Caregivers and support team believe in open communication as one of the many keys to the ongoing success of your child, so if there is anything you’d ever like to ask or discuss…just ask!

We are now open for enrollment.

Click here to learn more about our enrollment process.

Click here to schedule a tour of our preschool.

Click here to read the story of our preschool opening in the Arizona Jewish News.