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Good Shepherd Early Childhood Center

GSECC is housed in the extensive facilities of the Irvington Presbyterian Church. Our non-profit, non-sectarian programs presently serve about 90 students. The programs are based on the Common Core Foundational curriculum of New York State. We also promote learning through play. This well-established early childhood philosophy has always allowed young children to use their inherent sense of curiosity and excitement in a stimulating, intentional and purposeful learning environment. GSECC’s goal is to develop the young child’s social and cognitive skills, self-confidence, and love of learning, thus laying the groundwork for Kindergarten and beyond.



Click on the articles and links below for more information:

• Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain

• Play and Children's Learning in the Classroom

"Good shepherd has exceeded our expectations for the kids. They have learned so much all while making great friends and having fun."  


– Mrs. Christine Lavers, mom of 4 year old

Educational Philosophy

Good Shepherd Early Childhood Center's curriculum is approved by The National Association for the Education of Young Children and is based on NYS's Foundations of the Common Core. We follow the child-centered model of early childhood education. It is accepted that for young children learning and knowledge is best acquired through the experience of exploration and discovery.

Concept development takes place through the child's own actions as he/she interacts with the materials, teachers, and peers in the classroom. Our aim is to enhance learning in all areas; i.e., cognitive, linguistic, social/emotional, physical and moral.  


The local elementary school, Dows Lane Elementary School, is routinely consulted to ensure our students will be ready for the next leg of their educational journey.

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