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Early Childhood Education

What makes the Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning Center the top choice for families in Memphis?

The Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning Center at Temple Israel offers a high-quality academic experience for young children in a warm, Jewish environment that is nurturing, diverse, and inclusive. Our faculty and staff take delight in each child’s individual development and share their love of exploring, learning, and discovering. 

Our mission is to provide for your child’s social, emotional, and cognitive growth in a Jewish setting.

We offer a unique educational opportunity that is both enriching and fulfilling. With core values of social-emotional learning, Judaics, and community, our children receive individualized attention through a low teacher-pupil ratio to enhance self-esteem and capacity for learning.

We invite you to learn more about our programs and curriculum for our students beginning as young as six weeks old through junior kindergarten.

Our Programs

Noah’s Ark
(infants-2 years old)

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(2-5 years old)

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Prospective Families

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Prospective Families

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Meet Our Head of School, Blair Trotz

Blair Trotz has been devoted to early childhood education her entire life. During her 37 years in the education field, she spent most of those years teaching Pre-K at the Jewish Community Center, followed by teaching grades 2 and 3 at Bornblum Community School. Blair then received an endorsement in gifted education and taught Gifted (CLUE) for Memphis Shelby County Schools. In 2017, Blair went back to school to receive her administrative license. Most recently, Blair was the Assistant Principal at Macon-Hall Elementary School, where she oversaw the Pre-K through Grade 2 classrooms, staff, curriculum, and programs.

During her educational career, Blair has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including the Spark Award for Teacher of the Year, Gifted Teacher of the Year for the state of Tennessee, and Hadassah’s Outstanding Jewish Educator Award.

Blair received her undergraduate degree at the University of Memphis and later obtained her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is a fourth-generation Memphian and enjoys gardening, taking walks, and spending time with her family, especially her grandson Hayden. She is looking forward to meeting and supporting the students and families at the Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning Center. 

Questions? Wanting to learn more about the BKL ELC? Reach out to Blair!

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Hear What Others Have to Say

When searching for a preschool for our children, Barbara K Lipman stood out above the rest. In our search, we were prioritizing a caring staff, a strong curriculum, and daily learning of our Jewish faith. We have not been disappointed! Our children, ages 1 year and 3 years, are continuously developing new skills and knowledge both physically and mentally. It is easy to see how much our 3-year-old is learning, from reading and writing to singing holiday prayers in Hebrew. We appreciate the staff and love that our kids are so happy. I have full confidence that our kids are well taken care of each and every day.

Emily & Adam Saslawsky

From the moment we began our search for the right place for our daughter, we knew we wanted the best. That’s why we chose the Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning Center at Temple Israel. The exceptional faculty at the ELC have partnered with us as parents throughout each step of our daughter’s development. The faculty and staff at the ELC understand that a child’s early years are crucial, and they go above and beyond to create a nurturing environment where each child receives the individual attention and support they need to thrive. More than anything, we know that our daughter is loved by everyone at the ELC, and we have a supportive community surrounding us to give her a solid foundation. We are very thankful for the ELC!

Jennifer & Daniel Allen

The Barbara K Lipman Early Learning Center has been an invaluable experience for our family. Our daughters, aged 1 and 4, have thrived in its nurturing and enriching Jewish preschool environment. The staff’s dedication to their growth and development is truly commendable. The school’s focus on both education and Jewish values has left a lasting, positive impact on our family. We wholeheartedly recommend this center to any parent seeking a loving and supportive preschool for their children.

Leigh & Jeremy Less

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