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Pauline Rivkind Early Childhood Education Center

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Pauline Rivkind Preschool Direct Line: 727.302.9668

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Story Book Camp Registration is Open!

Continuing Students: Summer Camp 2020 Registration & Pricing
New Students: Summer Camp 2020 Registration & Pricing

Children ages 8 weeks through VPK and their families thrive in our “home away from home.” We focus on child-centered and developmentally appropriate play-based learning facilitated through art, science, Hebrew language, math, and emergent literacy.  
All are welcome! Our Center is open year-round from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm.

Enrichment activities include: Soccer Shots, Gymnastics, Music & Me, Hebrew Music, Art with Rebecca, Reading with Rabbi and ongoing Intergenerational Jewish & Secular Programming.  

The Pauline Rivkind Early Childhood Education Center has been serving families in the community since 1958. 


Our Mission Statement

The Pauline Rivkind Early Childhood Education Center is dedicated to providing an outstanding early childhood education program which emphasizes Jewish life and values in a caring, developmentally appropriate, and stimulating environment. Partnering with our families, our goal is to provide our students with a strong social and pre-academic foundation that encourages a life-long love of learning.

We believe:

  • In educating the whole child by nurturing a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.
  • In fostering independence and creativity, and appreciating each child’s individual needs and talents.
  • Preschool is a time for children and their families to strengthen their connection to Judaism and its traditions.
  • Preschool is when children form friendships that last a lifetime.


Where education is a work of heart!

Pauline Rivkind Early Childhood Education Center is committed to offering a safe, caring, and stimulating environment in which children can explore and learn by experiencing creative hands-on and age-appropriate activities presented by qualified professional staff. Our curriculum is carefully designed to coincide with stages in all areas of children’s development: physical, cognitive, social/emotional, and creative.

Children are encouraged to develop their minds and bodies through creative play in a nurturing, non-competitive environment. Pauline Rivkind Preschool welcomes families of all faiths and ethnic origins to the program.

Our teachers offer many opportunities for children to practice physical skills, to learn problem-solving, to gain knowledge of their environment, and to practice interacting effectively with others. We help stimulate a child’s natural curiosity so he/she will develop a lifetime love of learning.

It is our goal to establish an organized facility with open communication between the administration, staff, and parents, in support of a positive environment for all. Parents are an important part of children’s learning experiences; we are partners in the education and care of our children.

We are dedicated to enriching children’s experiences in Jewish heritage. Jewish learning is enhanced as children experience Jewish traditions and special Shabbat and holiday celebrations.

2019-2020 Registration Forms

August 2019- May 2020 Registration & Pricing

2020-2021 Forms will be made available shortly

Meet the PRECEC Staff

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Our warm and energetic team of educators are dedicated to our children and families and to nurturing a supportive environment of respect in all areas of our Center.

Every member of our staff has had a Local Background Screening, a Level II FBI screening, has been fingerprinted, has CPR and First Aid Training, Fire Safety Training, has HIPAA Certification, has a High School Diploma, and has obtained at least 40 clock hours in the field of Early Childhood Education from the FL Department of Children and Families.

(YE indicates Years of Professional Experience in the Early Childhood Field)

Alisha Buchanan-Gooch: PRECEC Director
National CDA, National Administrative Director’s Credential, Pursuant of AA Degree, 8YE

JulieAnn Harding: Lead Educator                                                                                       CDA, 31 YE

Jennifer Joseph: Lead Educator                                                                                         CDA, 1YE

Nicole Jones: Co-Educator-Toddlers                                                                                   Pursuant of CDA, 1Y

Beth Kaplan: Lead Educator                                                                                               

Ellen Parrish: Co-Educator Infants
AA in General Education, CDA, 4YE

Elizabeth McWilliams: Co-Educator Infants                                                                       CDA, 10YE

Kaylee Ward: Co-Educator-Toddlers                                                                                 CDA, 4YEE

Arlene Brinkley: Lead Office Associate /break float
PHD Education, MBA/HRM, BA Behavioral Science, AS Degree VPK Credential, 35YE

Judith Lambertson: Lead Float/Substitute
CDA, pursuant of AA, 26YE

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