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Special Needs Programs

Since Bright Horizon’s founding in 1989, Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El has held fast to several core Jewish values which have guided the decision to serve this very special Bright Horizon’s community of young children. No matter your religious affiliation, your special needs child has a place at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El. The two core Jewish values which we practice daily are:

• Adam Yachid – a single human being – The rabbinic concept that one human being was created originally so that no one can say, “my father was greater than your father.” In other words, every human being is unique and inherently precious.

• Chesed v’Rachamim – compassion and kindness, especially for those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Our special needs programs require a special in-take interview for parents and students. Please contact the school office at 610-649-2277 to make an appointment.

We believe you will agree with us at Temple Beth Hill-Beth El that our special needs programs are a blessing to your child, in particular, to your family and to the community at large.

Bright Horizons

For Children ages 3 to 5 years of age by September 1.

5 half days per week from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Options for early care (beginning at 7:30 AM) are available.

Bright Horizons is a social language class for young children with developmental delays in speech, language, motor skills, and attention. Our success with these unique children is widely known and praised within both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities of the greater Philadelphia area. Our professionally trained staff includes a special education teacher, a consulting psychologist, specially trained assistants, a music teacher and a creative movement specialist. All Bright Horizons children join in with the school community for outdoor play, Shabbat, holidays, and special school-wide events.

When needed, our staff works in conjunction with the Montgomery County I.U. for your child's special services, and will work in conjunction with outside professionals with whom your child already has a relationship. When your child’s ‘professional team’ feels it is appropriate, your child may be eligible for part or full-time mainstreaming into our typical preschool classes.

Let’s Play

For Children ages 4 to 5 years of age by September 1.

Up to 5 afternoons per week from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Let’s Play is an afternoon enrichment program designed to enhance and develop the social skills of preschoolers within a nurturing and caring environment through direct instruction, modeling and practice within the Let's Play classroom or a typical preschool classroom when appropriate. Let’s Play is a fun and relaxed social skills program unlike most programs available. As opposed to the common once a week model, Let’s Play meets 3 afternoons a week as a separate class to provide direct instruction in social skills and play skills. When our staff feels your child is ready, the other two days of the week provide opportunities for your child to 'push-in' to a typical classroom with our staff. Let’s Play was designed to help build socially competent children who are caring, respectful and confident.

While most of the Let’s Play children come from our morning preschool programs, a number of children come to us from any number of other preschool programs in the surrounding communities.



Religious school for children in Kindergarten through 2nd Grades. Please contact our religious school director, Lisa Richman, to sign up or for more information.

Click here to view our Sylvia F. Lodish Religious School page.


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