Mission and Philosophy

Mission Statement

The J Center for Early Learning is passionate about providing an innovative learning environment for El Paso’s youth. The school embraces families from all backgrounds, while teaching core Jewish values of community, tolerance, and respect. Teachers work collaboratively to create environments and experiences that spark wonder and creativity, build confidence and skills, allow children to explore materials, and encourage questioning minds. We partner extensively with families and community members to enrich our school environment. We are caretakers of each other, our school community, our city, and our planet.


At The J Center for Early Learning, we believe that children are competent and capable. Through child-driven instruction and exploration, we allow children to guide their own learning experiences. Our school is influenced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Using this approach, teachers follow the students’ lead to guide lessons and inform instruction.

Jewish values are at the core of who we are and what we do. We believe in the value of tikun olam, bettering the world, and teach even our youngest children to do their part for their community. We use a Jewish lens to teach about kindness, responsibility, tradition, and respect.

The environment is an additional teacher for our children. Our classrooms showcase and document children’s achievements and demonstrate what they have learned. The materials in the classrooms allow students to explore freely and express themselves in a myriad of ways.

The love of learning that students develop at The J Center for Early Learning will stay with them for a lifetime. Children learn respect, empathy, resilience, and curiosity every single day, and these qualities will serve them throughout their careers as students and beyond.