Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School

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Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School
5601 South Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096 MAP  
713.551.7200  |  713.551.7272 fax
Hours: Mon-Fri | 7:30 AM-5:30 PM 

About Us

Welcome to the Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School. Our program is one of a select group of Houston preschools, serving children ages six weeks through five years old, accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a standard of excellence recognized nationally.

We are a 4-Star Texas Rising Star School and a JCC Association of North America Sheva Lab Community School, of which there are only nine schools with that designation. We are committed to providing a nurturing environment where young children learn through an emergent curriculum founded in play. Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School offers a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed experiences so children become flexible and successful learners.

Our Philosophy

Children learn through active investigation of their environment and in partnership with peers and teachers. For young children, academic and social-emotional learning is developed as children construct their knowledge through hands-on individual and group educational experiences.

Our teachers help children become independent, self-confident, and inquisitive learners, while aiding in their social-emotional, cognitive, language and physical development. We maintain a low child-to-teacher ratio with talented, credentialed educators who foster self-reliance, independence and self-regulation.

Our programs are designed to help each child:

  • Develop a positive self-concept and confidence
  • Inspire curiosity and inquiry
  • Create a positive Jewish identity
  • Form trusting relationships
  • Increase self-regulation and independence
  • Utilize critical thinking skills
  • Enhance executive functioning skills
  • Develop cognitive, social, physical and language skills necessary for lifelong learning. 


The curriculum and learning available at the Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School are enriched through community and curriculum-based partnerships with local and national organizations. These relationships help our school provide children with unique learning opportunities and our staff with ongoing professional development. Currently we partner with the following organizations:

NAEYC Accredited