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Early Learning Center – Stoler

Child (Age 0-5)
From Infant and Toddler care to Preschool to Kindergarten at the J, we provide full-day and extended care options for ages 6 weeks to 5 years.
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Come Learn With Us! Enrollment is now open for the 2024-25 school year – apply today!

*ELC Families receive complimentary JCC Family Membership.

High quality early childhood education lays a foundation for intellectual, language, physical, social and emotional development and is essential for later academic and social success. Here at the Stoler Early Learning Center (ELC), your child can fulfill their full potential in a secure and loving environment, led by experienced, MSDE licensed early childhood educators.

The uniqueness of our program is evident in the quality of our day-to-day interactions. We aim to build sacred relationships (Kedusha) among children, staff, and parents. Our community (Kehillah) is a place where everyone belongs and grows. It feels secure and reassuring, thus providing an environment conducive to learning. We focus on the uniqueness (Tzelem Elohim) of each child in relation to the family, other children, staff, and the greater JCC community.

The strengths, interests, and areas of growth for all of the children are addressed through a developmentally appropriate, child-centered curriculum where learning through play is coupled with small group hands-on experiences to create a caring community. Our staff members act as facilitators, with parents as their partners in this learning process.

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Our Programs


Our Infant/Toddler program is for children from 10 weeks through 24 months. Our warm and nurturing environment makes our program the perfect place for your little one! Our youngest learners enjoy a clean and bright space and low teacher to child ratios.

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Transitional and January 2s

The Transitional 2s and January 2s are a gentle transitional program between our Infant/Toddler Program and our Preschool.  While the children acclimate to the larger group setting, our educators provide a welcoming environment, with priority on the social and emotional well-being of each child.


Our Twos Program places a strong emphasis on the social, emotional, and sensory development of young children. Through our play-based curriculum, educators encourage curiosity, their sense of wonder, and exploration.  Children begin to move from parallel play to cooperative interactions that teach empathy as they learn how to become part of their classroom community.

Children enrolling in our preschool program must be two years old by September 1st.

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As children enter our Threes Program, we focus on increasing their independence and fostering a sense of responsibility, with a growing emphasis on language and cognitive development. Our integrated approach allows children to pursue learning in a holistic way and build positive attitudes for continued success.

Pre-K Fours

Children in our Pre-K Fours Program develop the necessary skills for kindergarten readiness and beyond! Our child-centered curriculum encourages students to develop high-level thinking skills, including reasoning, problem solving, identifying complex patterns, and classifying by attributes. Social and emotional skills continue to be developed by more sophisticated negotiation and dialogue.

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K at the J

We know that the education that your child receives in the first six years of life significantly influences their later academic success and our K at the J program focuses on the fundamentals of reading, math, language arts, writing, science, and social studies in creative, personalized, and innovative ways.  Students build a foundation of learning and a culture of investment, risk taking, and kindness as they develop academic stamina through meaningful hands-on and engaging learning experiences.  Our students continue to learn through play to develop important social skills, including cooperation, collaboration, and problem solving.  Our phenomenal environment offers so many enriching experiences beyond the classroom. 

Kindergarteners must be 5 years old by September 1st

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Noah's Ark Preschool Summer Camp

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An exciting, enjoyable, and safe summer experience that focuses of boosting confidence, building friendships, and making memories.

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About Stoler ELC

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Early Childhood Education at the J is rooted in and inspired by the Jewish culture and values of compassion, respect, and acceptance. We believe that children and their families should be immersed in a community that reflects these values and promotes ongoing community engagement.

Early Childhood Education at the J is an extension of the learning that begins at home. We view families as respected partners in nurturing their children’s growth and development.

We believe that all children are capable, inquisitive, and excited about expanding their worlds.

We believe our educators are nurturing and creative professionals who continue to learn and grow their practice. We value and respect their contributions to our children, their families, and our community.

We believe our Early Childhood Centers are spaces where we come together to co-construct an environment that lays the foundation to support a child’s life-long love of learning.

Our state of the art, self-contained facility features a variety of spaces for children to discover! From our warm and welcoming classrooms, to our teaching kitchen, three incredible playgrounds, two full sized gymnasiums, the Shapiro Aquatics Park complete with five outdoor pools and the splash pad, the indoor pool where all of our students (ages 3+) receives American Red Cross Certified instructional swim lessons, to the trails for Farm and Forest, our wide range of activities provides every child the opportunity to foster their independence, build friendships, explore new concepts, and thrive.

Our warm, nurturing classrooms are led by Maryland Certified Early Childhood Educators who believe that all children are competent and capable thinkers who create and construct knowledge through interacting with the world around them. As members of our Early Learning Center, you will receive complimentary membership to the JCC as a whole and we can’t wait for you to be a part of our community!

While each educator designs the day to best reflect the rhythm of the individual class community, the daily schedule will be structured, yet flexible, and provide for a variety of experiences and levels of difficulty.

Educators will allow time for individual and small group instruction, collaborative learning opportunities, as well as whole class activities. A balance of indoor and outdoor activities, specials classes, as well as active and calm experiences, will be incorporated into the program each day. Child-initiated learning will be blended with teacher-guided activities for a comprehensive educational experience.

Following morning centers, our classes begin their daily routine with a Community Meeting. They will tell stories, sing songs, play games, share their thoughts and ideas, talk about their plans for the day ahead, and conduct ongoing discussions regarding the children’s interests and their areas of inquiry/study (project-based learning). Children thrive on structure, predictability, and routine, and in order to allow them to have a voice in their plans for the day, children should arrive by 9:15am.

At the ELC, our educators are responsible for facilitating interactive, engaging lessons that align with our curriculum and are inspired by the individual needs and interests of the children in their class. Educators are reflective practitioners to ensure that their daily lessons are meeting the needs of their students and create opportunities for social interaction, physical activity, creative expression, and Jewish experiences.

We believe that learning is a collaborative and social endeavor. It is a process of constructing meaning to make sense of concepts. Our teachers encourage students to be responsible for their own learning. They ask high level thinking questions to enhance reasoning skills and increase strategies to promote conversation while creating a safe learning environment.

The JCC and the Stoler Early Learning Center are committed to providing ongoing professional development for our educators through college course work, workshops, teacher meetings, and ongoing coaching and mentoring. Our educators view themselves as lifelong learners, constantly engaging in the pursuit of learning opportunities, as prized by our Jewish tradition. Their combination of education, experience, and passion enriches our entire community.


In order to be able to respect others, one must first respect oneself. Physical well-being is an important aspect of a child’s over-all development. We believe in fostering a love of physical activity in children and encouraging them to explore, learn, and have fun while exercising and developing locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills in a series of age-appropriate, non-competitive activities. These opportunities teach myriad of skills including gross motor skills, self-esteem, balance, coordination, and teamwork.

We are proud to continue our nationally recognized, award winning, Healthy Choices initiative, a program that uses an integrated approach to teach and raise awareness of the importance of taking care of our bodies by making healthy food choices and the benefits of being physically active. The Stoler ELC was one of twelve schools in the country to be nationally recognized by the White House for its participation in the Let’s Move! Child Care initiative. We were also chosen by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s as a best practice site for the Let’s Move Childcare Initiative and by the Penn State University Better Care Program to help adapt the initiative.

Our educators work directly with the children in our teaching kitchen, to follow recipes, cook, practice safely using a knife, and learn about My Plate: the five food groups, proper serving sizes, and how to achieve a well-balanced diet. By encouraging and modeling these behaviors, it helps our community develop lifelong healthy habits and promotes a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.

Child-centered, Constructivist Approach to Education | Play-based Philosophy | Swim Lessons | Farm and Forest Nature Programing with Pearlstone Environmental Center | Healthy Choices Programming and Cooking | Physical Education | Reading and Math Readiness Skills | Language Development and Early Literacy | Science, Nature, and Gardening | Jewish Programming | Art Education | Music and Movement | Field Trips | Gross Motor Play Spaces | 3 Amazing Playgrounds | Nursing Services | Variety of J Kids’ Afternoon Enrichment Classes | Nature Trails | 2 Full Gymnasiums | Athletic Fields | Indoor and Outdoor Pools | Morning and Afternoon Snack Provided Daily (ages 2+) and Hot Lunch Options | Complimentary JCC Family Membership Included

J Early Childhood is proud to partner with Pearlstone Environmental Center. Pearlstone is an environmental retreat center that ignites Jewish passion through Jewish Outdoor Food, Farm and Environmental Education (JOFEE). Pearlstone’s programs are anchored in Jewish wisdom, nature connections, and “edu-speriences” (hands-on, engaging, educational experiences) brought to life by their dynamic educators. They foster deep, integrated connections to Jewish culture and the natural world around us. In this year-round partnership with Pearlstone, we will provide many opportunities for our students to investigate Judaism’s deep connections to nature and explore of all of our amazing outdoor spaces.

Our Farm and Forest programing will inspire our community through hands-on activities designed to engage our hearts, bodies, minds, and spirits. It will also complement our Healthy Choices philosophy by fostering a greater sense of connection to others, the food we eat, Jewish tradition, the natural world, and cultivate a sense of responsibility for the world around us (tikkun olam).

We view family engagement as essential to building a healthy school community. We work to ensure that each family and child has the best possible experience during their time at the J and strive to create a positive, respectful, and collaborative partnership between home and school. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch once wrote, “The home can do little without the school, but the school can do nothing without the home.”

Aligned with the educational philosophy and values, our Family Association works alongside school leadership to enhance the children’s education and pre-school experiences through fundraising, family engagement, and community outreach. Made up of the overall parent community of the Stoler Early Learning Center, monthly meetings are comprised of volunteers who are invested in fostering community relationships and interactions by creating and planning social events, organizing tzedakah opportunities, supporting the school and our educators, and serving as positive liaisons between school and home.

The Stoler Early Learning Center is an inclusive early childhood learning center. We believe that all children deserve a positive preschool experience that provides them with a safe and nurturing environment to promote their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development, while responding to the needs of their family. Through the lens of Tzelem Elohim: Divine Image, we celebrate the dignity and potential in each and every member of our community and value each person’s unique contribution.

We welcome all families, regardless of race, religion, color, sexual orientation, or other protected groups and celebrate diversity. We encourage every child to explore and express their identity. Our students are taught to accept, respect, and value differences though modeling, positive behavior support, and by cultivating empathy and community.

We ensure a safe and healthy school environment by following CDC guidelines, protocols, and procedures from the Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore County’s Department of Health, as well as recommendations from our medical partner, LifeBridge Health.

Staying up to date on vaccinations is essential to prevent illness from many different infections. The Stoler Early Learning Center follows Maryland State guidelines and requires all children to be fully vaccinated. We have trained our team in prevention and mitigation strategies to slow and limit the exposure and spread of contagious illnesses.

A Registered Nurse is with us 8:15am-1:15pm daily. The nurses are responsible for dispensing medication, administering first aid, and communicating pertinent medical issues to parents. When the nurses are not present, our administrative team will assume those duties, as we are trained in medication administration, first aid, and CPR.

At the Stoler Early Learning Center, we understand that cost of high-quality preschool programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, can be challenging. We are proud to partner with the state of Maryland to participate in the MSDE Child Care Scholarship program and encourage all families to take advantage of these Grant Programs to provide financial assistance with childcare costs to eligible working families. The state has made this process as straightforward as possible, so you may get started and approved in as little as 10 days.

Visit the Maryland Department of Education website at

Stoler Early Learning Center Hours

We offer a variety of programs and hours to meet the needs of our families. We request that all children arrive by 9:15am so that they have time to engage in centers, adjust to school, and not miss out on key moments in the flow of their day.

Infant/Toddler Care
7:30am-5:30pm | Monday – Friday

9:00am-3:30pm | 2–5 Day Options
Early Morning Options: 7:30-9:00am or 8:00-9:00am
Afternoon Extended Hours: 3:30-4:30pm or 3:30-5:30pm

9:00am-3:30pm | Monday – Friday
Early Morning Options: 7:30-9:00am or 8:00-9:00am
Afternoon Extended Hours: 3:30-4:30pm or 3:30-5:30pm

Noah’s Ark Preschool Summer Camp
Ages: 2-5 | June-August
Our littlest campers will discover, explore and make new friends all summer with indoor and outdoor activities including swimming, sports, arts and crafts and so much more! Learn more about our summer camp >

Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Hours
Building Hours 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Membership and Guest Services Office Hours 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Building Hours 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Membership and Guest Services Office Hours 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Building Hours 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Membership and Guest Services Office Hours 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Building Hours 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Membership and Guest Services Office Hours 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Building Hours 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Membership and Guest Services Office Hours 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Building Hours 5:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Membership and Guest Services Office Hours 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Building Hours 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Membership and Guest Services Office Hours 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Holiday Hours
We have special hours for certain Jewish holidays and national holidays. View 2023-2024 holiday schedule

Independence Day
Thursday, July 4 – 8:00am-6:00pm

Memorial Day
Monday, September 2 – 8:00am-6:00pm

3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue
Owings Mills, MD 21117
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Frye, Danielle

Senior Director, Stoler Early Learning Center
Dept.: Early Childhood Education

Coleman, Mary Eda

Operations & Administrative Coordinator, Stoler Early Learning Center
Dept.: Early Childhood Education

Gruner, Shayna

Judaics, Curriculum, Engagement Coordinator, Stoler Early Learning Center
Camp Director, Noah’s Ark Preschool Camp
Dept.: Early Childhood Education

I’m so impressed by the fun activities that the teachers create every day with the kids and the incredible updates we get. It feels like we are right there with them and my partner and I love learning alongside the kids.

A Grateful Parent

It really is amazing, all the fun things that the boys get to experience every day and we can tell that every detail is so well-thought out to help the kids learn.  It’s especially surprising to me at H’s young age… their teachers are so creative! Every teacher that the boys have had is truly warm, welcoming, engaging, and exciting, right from the start of us joining the community in the ELC.

H and L’s Mom

We want to take this opportunity to thank you and everyone at the J for the 4+ years of amazing care and education provided to not just A, but us! We cherish our memories over the years and can’t thank you guys enough for the care provided.

A's Mom

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