How We Teach
Preschool & Early Years

We are thrilled to announce that The Toronto Heschel School’s Early Years program has been licensed under Ontario’s Child Care and Early Years Act! The licence covers Shorashim, our new Preschool room, as well as our Junior and Senior Kindergarten classes. We are excited about this new chapter.

The Toronto Heschel Early Years Program is dedicated to supporting children’s learning, development, health, and well-being through caring and responsive Early Childhood Educators, who focus on active learning, exploration, play and inquiry. Our programs promote positive self-esteem, curiosity, creativity, problem solving skills and Jewish identity by providing materials and experiences that allow children to engage their natural curiosity and enthusiasm.

We can’t wait to welcome you into our Early Years program, where we inspire curiosity and a joy of learning in each child. Rabbi A.J. Heschel famously wrote, “Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.” We look forward to you joining us on this journey of wonder!

Preschool Facts

  • Children should be 30 months by September 2022; limited space is available for children 18-30 months
  • Half-Day (8:30 am to 12:30 pm) or Full-Day (8:30 am to 3:45 pm)
  • Kosher lunch and snacks included
  • After-hours care and bussing available
  • If you have paid a deposit at another preschool or daycare, ask us if you qualify for a fee rebate
  • Rolling registration is available through the school year
Student helping light the Shabbat candles

Tuition Fees

One of our objectives in acquiring a child care licence was to access available funding. We are preparing to opt into the funding under the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement. Our current understanding of the funding is that it will provide a 25% fee reduction of most fees allocated from September to December 2022. Thereafter, the plan is to build to a 50% reduction for most fees for 2023, with further reductions planned thereafter.

Our Director

Andrea Zecharia

We are thrilled that Andrea Zecharia joined our team in 2022 as our new Director of Early Years. Andrea is leading the way as we build and grow Shorashim to serve the needs of current and new families.

With over 25 years of early childhood teaching and leadership experience, including 18 years as a Nursery Teacher and 5 years as the Preschool Director at Temple Sinai Community Preschool, Andrea is well-versed in current educational theories, early childhood curricula, and the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Child Care and Early Years Act.  She is a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) and holds a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University.

Ready to apply?

Our application can be accessed here.

If you have questions about enrollment, please contact Bailey Daniels, Director of Admissions, at

If you have questions about our Early Years Program, contact Andrea Zecharia, Director of Early Years, at