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THE STORY OF
Shirlee Green Preschool

The history of Shirlee Green Preschool tells of beautiful journey to create a Jewish school for the youngest of our community.  With the big idea of a preschool at Congregation Shaare Emeth beginning in the Spring of 1964, it has grown into a model school for the education and guidance of all children, grounded by Jewish values and the belief that children are capable, essential members of our community.

From the Temple Archives

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St. Louis Jewish Light. March 2. 2011

"Shaare Emeth to dedicate updated preschool library in honor of Alan Greenberg."  Find out how here.

1964

Preschool for children 3 and older opens with 24 children for morning only classes.

1974

Preschool moves to new Congregation Shaare Emeth campus.  Staff visited are kindergarteners to research best practices in early education.

1985

5-day-a-week classes offered for the first time.

2015

Infant care added as new nursery classrooms are created.

1967

Summer Camp begins with one, 4-week session for kids 3 and older.

1975

Playground added swings, a tall metal slide, a merry go round, bike path and sandboxes.  

Summer camp moved from 4 weeks to 6.

1985

5-day-a-week classes offered for the first time.

2020

Preschool becomes first Pedagogy of Unquiet Thinking school in country.

Amira works to master use of a needle..heic