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Pauline Rivkind Early Childhood Education Center

Pauline Rivkind Preschool Direct Line: 727.302.9668


The Pauline Rivkind Early Childhood Education Center has been serving families in the community since 1958, and is now open to children ages 2 months old through VPK. We have flexible scheduling to meet the needs of working parents. We are open year round from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm (4:30 on Fridays).

Our Mission Statement

The Pauline Rivkind Early Childhood Education Center is dedicated to providing an outstanding childhood 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 academic and social 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.


The Pauline Rivkind Early Childhood Education Center program 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. The curriculum is carefully designed to coincide with stages in all areas of children’s development: physical, cognitive, social/emotional, and creative. Our program is also dedicated to enriching children’s experiences in Jewish heritage. Jewish learning is enhanced as children experience Jewish traditions and special Shabbat and holiday celebrations.

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.

2018-2019 Registration Forms

Pricing Sheet

Meet the PRECEC Staff

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 45 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

Brianna Bell: Lead Educator
National CDA, AA Early Childhood Education, Pursuant of BA, 5YE

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

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

Elizabeth McWilliams: Co-Educator Infants                                                                       CDA, 10YE

JulieAnn Harding: Lead Educator                                                                                       CDA, 31 YE

Wanda Peak: Lead Educator                                                                                                CDA, 8YE

Kaylee Ward: Co-Educator-Toddlers                                                                                   Pursuant of CDA, 4YE

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

Beth Kaplan: Lead Educator                                                                                               

 Please Note
Lunch Breaks:
Throughout each day our teacher’s take their 15-60 minute lunch breaks. This is staggered but happens daily between the hours of 10 am-3:00 pm. During this time of day in each classroom, Ms. Judy or Ms. Brinkley will take over for the duration of the break.

Morning Care:
Morning Care is held M-F in the following 3 classrooms;
Infant (7:45-8:30) run by Ms. Brinkley (Classroom #7)
Toddler (7:30-8:30) run by Ms. Judy (Classroom #8)
2’s+ (7:30-8:30) run by Ms. Wanda (Classroom #9)

Wrap Around Care:
Wrap Care is in your child’s classroom daily from 3:00pm-4:30pm
Pick up will be on the Playground, weather permitting.

After Care:
After Care is held M,T,W,Th in the following 3 classrooms;
Infant (4:30-5:30) run by Ms. Julie (Classroom #7)
Toddler (4:30-6:00) run by Mrs. Kaylee (Classroom #8)
2’s+ (4:30-6:00) run by Ms. Alisha (Classroom #9)

Sat, April 20 2019 15 Nisan 5779