Early Childhood Center


Message from the Director

Welcome to Ohr Kodesh Early Childhood Center!

I have been the director of the Early Childhood Center since 1991. It has been exciting for me to witness our transformations, and I am very proud of our many accomplishments. OKECC is known throughout the Washington Metropolitan area as one of the best Jewish Early Childhood Centers, and is a model of excellence for other schools in the area.

ECC Sukkah 2013Our daily practices are inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, with a foundation and core curriculum rooted in Judaic content and centered on Jewish traditions and values. We believe the learning and growth of our community is a life-long journey. We also believe each person is a unique and valued member, embrace parents as our partners, and recognize the importance of family involvement as an essential component in the success of each child.

The purpose of our site is to provide a historical account of our journey, as well as to introduce you to our philosophy and programming. We hope you will find this to be a helpful resource, but more so we hope that you will join us. When you enroll at OKECC, you become part of a warm and inviting community.

Please contact me anytime if you have questions or would like to come visit. I hope that you will become an active member of the OKECC Community.

Joanie Smeltz
Director of Early Childhood Education

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Ohr Kodesh Congregation

8300 Meadowbrook Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 589-3880
Fax:  (301) 495-4801

Email: executivedirector@

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