The Early Learning Center

The Early Learning Center

The Early Learning Center Preschool

The Early Learning Center (ELC) welcomes all children with joy! Our philosophy is to develop the whole child — socially, emotionally, spiritually, academically and physically. Our inclusive learning community provides a sense of belonging, so that each child can reach his or her full potential.

Jewish Values, Montessori Inspired

Our program is grounded in the richness of Jewish values that speak to our shared humanity. We highlight Jewish traditions and celebrations in the curriculum throughout the school year. We are Montessori inspired, with a clean modern classroom and outdoor playground. Our fully developed curriculum includes beginning math, language, literacy, fine and gross motor skills, the arts, and S.T.E.M. skills, while fostering social/emotional, independence, and problem-solving skills. Our school operates Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. from early September to early June. We serve children ages 2 years 9 months to 6 years.

Want to learn more?

Visit our FAQ or read our newsletters to learn more about our program.

The admissions process starts with contacting ELC Director Tammy Labonte to set up a tour, at 603-436-5301 ext. 23 or by email.

Read more about Tammy Labonte.

“We have two children in the preschool program and could not be more thrilled with their experiences. We feel the mixed-age classroom is a benefit for all the children, love that the downtown location offers many opportunities to explore, the small class size gives each child plenty of individual attention, and the curriculum allows them to grow socially, emotionally and academically.”

The Early Learning Center at Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH
2020-05-19T13:23:24-04:00

2020 ELC parent

“Each day our preschooler is excited to attend school. His favorite days include the field trips around downtown Portsmouth, cooking and music.”

The Early Learning Center at Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH
2020-05-19T13:25:49-04:00

2020 ELC parent

“As a family that does not subscribe to a faith, we love the integration of Jewish values and culture; our son is learning how to be a good person and community member through the ELC’s teachings.”

The Early Learning Center at Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH
2020-05-19T13:25:29-04:00

2020 ELC parent

“Ms. Tammy and Ms. Elian understand the importance of teaching the whole child, and they do so in the gentlest way. We are in love with the ELC!”

The Early Learning Center at Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH
2020-05-19T13:26:10-04:00

2020 ELC parent

“There are so many things to love about the preschool: the small group size, the beautiful, bright open classroom, the downtown Portsmouth location with outside modern playground, gardens, field trips, the focus on music and arts, weekly communication and updates. I could go on and on.”

The Early Learning Center at Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH
2020-05-19T13:26:51-04:00

“We just finished our first year at the ELC and could not be more pleased with the experience our daughter and family had. We felt welcomed from the very beginning.”

The Early Learning Center at Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH
2020-05-19T13:26:31-04:00

2019 ELC parent

“Our son is thriving in the Early Learning Center at Temple Israel! Ms. Tammy and Ms. Elian foster a positive, welcoming environment, and they design individualized curricula for every student.”

The Early Learning Center at Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH
2020-05-19T13:25:11-04:00

2020 ELC parent

“We’ll be sad for our oldest to be done at the Early Learning Center but feel it has given him everything he needs to be ready for Kindergarten next year!”

The Early Learning Center at Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH
2020-05-19T13:24:49-04:00

2020 ELC parent

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The Early Learning Center at Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH