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Solomike Early Childhood Center at TBT

Providing for the next generation

The Solomike Early Childcare Center (SECC) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in the next generation and create a more prosperous and sustainable future for our youngest people and our community as a whole.

Each of us are aware of the necessity for quality early educational resources. As a Jewish educational space, the SECC will shape children's sense of identity and strengthen communal bonds, both within and beyond our Temple community.

When the congregation unanimously approved this project in May 2023, it came with a shared commitment for the Temple families to raise the necessary funds through a Capital Campaign.

This vision will be a reality only through this collective effort. We know education changes lives but we can't do this without you making a meaningful multi-year pledge.

Prefer things in print? Stop by our office to pick up a pledge form, or click here to print.

What a strong start!

Through November 2023 and the tremendous generosity of a few dozen Temple families, we have pledges of $1,100,000. 

Todah Rabah to those who have generously contributed!

Help us reach our goal of $1,500,000:

By December 31, we aim to raise $1,250,000 in pledges. Please join us in raising our remaining $150,000 before the end of 2023.

Aim Chai!

In order to raise the remainder, we are launching the Aim Chai Campaign. We're asking each Temple family to AIM CHAI and make a multi-year pledge totaling $1,800 or more. It could be a little as $36 per month.

This Center is a strategic step forward for TBT. It will:

  • Provide a high-quality Jewish pre-school
  • Provide local families with early childhood education
  • Serve as a gateway to the TBT community and add member families
  • Support parents in establishing a Jewish parenting style
  • Generate revenue to support TBT’s future

About the Center

  • A 5,000 square foot building with five classrooms, offices, and kitchen will be constructed on the existing Temple site.
  • The Center will serve 82 children, ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years.
  • The childhood education will operate 5 days a week, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Half of the slots will be for lower-income families through the State’s WCCC program.

Our Vision

  • Dependable childcare is a vital component to support the growing economy in the Bellevue area.
  • Early childhood education is the best investment in giving children a head start on their future success in school and beyond.
  • This program will be based on the Reggio Emilia Approach, which focuses on a child's natural development with both child-centered and directed learning.
  • While the Center will provide Jewish focused content, the program will respect and value diversity and create a safe environment that instills an appreciation of each faith, race, gender, culture and socio-economic background and nurtures a love of learning, creativity and sharing.
Fri, December 1 2023 18 Kislev 5784