Early Learning Center


The Early Learning Center, established in 1987, is a New Hampshire State Licensed preschool located in historic downtown Portsmouth.


The philosophy of the Early Learning Center is to develop the complete child – socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically – in a learning community that provides a sense of belonging, so that each child can reach his or her full potential. 

Mission Statement:

The Early Learning Center promotes creative play, fosters academic growth and invites parental involvement. We provide a nurturing and stimulating environment, with hands-on experiences that are meaningful, purposeful, and developmentally appropriate.  Jewish values and concepts are integrated into everyday activities and Jewish holidays are woven into the curriculum.  We welcome diversity and children of all faiths.

To accomplish our mission we provide:

  • Small group size
  • Low student/teacher ratio
  • Experienced, degreed, First Aid and CPR certified staff
  • A curriculum anchored in inquiry, exploration, and child-initiated activities
  • Field trips in historic downtown Portsmouth

Our school year runs from early September to mid June. 

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   
  • Ages 2 years-9 months to 5 years   

To learn more about the ELC, please click on the links below:

Admission Process:

The admission process begins with a visit to the preschool and an informal interview with the Director.

To arrange a visit please contact:

Laura Sher, Director

Early Learning Center, Temple Israel

200 State Street

Portsmouth, NH 03801


603-436-5301, ext. 23

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If you would like to donate to the ELC Development Fundraiser and support our new playground, please click the ‘Donate’ button below. Your donation will be specifically earmarked for this campaign.