ECP Enrollment | Shalom Austin



Thank you for your interest in the Zeifman Family Early Childhood Program. We look forward to providing an opportunity for your child to learn and grow with us here on the Dell Jewish Community Campus in Northwest Austin.

Shalom from the ECP Director!


Welcome to the Zeifman Family Early Childhood Program (ECP). The ECP is a warm, friendly school where infants through young children receive an exciting, creative, and nurturing foundation to grow academically, socially and spiritually. We offer excellent teacher-to-student ratios, a professional and caring staff of early childhood teachers and a wonderful facility that offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for children to enjoy and explore.

The ECP sees each child as a unique and precious gift entrusted into our care. Children are provided with many experiences to inspire them to learn about the world around them. Our skilled teachers know when to actively supervise and when to inconspicuously watch and provide warm guidance as they lovingly encourage your child to broaden their horizons. Emphasis is placed on encouraging each child’s innate inquisitiveness and thirst for knowledge.

We believe each child learns best in an environment that is rich with hands-on experiences. Children are encouraged to use their senses to explore, experiment and use their imagination to the fullest. Each day our children are builders, chefs, scientists, dancers, musicians, artists and friends. We emphasize fun and meaningful Judaic experiences, where children celebrate Jewish holidays, honor Shabbat, and learn good human values as they participate in performing good deeds and community projects.

Preschool is a time for children and their families to strengthen their connection to others and build community. In 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 and to help children and their families form friendships that last a lifetime.

We are delighted that you are part of our Shalom Austin ECP family. We look forward to working together and watching your child blossom.

L’Shalom (in peace),

Dana Baruch


The ECP is known for its excellence, and that’s why classes typically fill up fast!

Waitlist Guide

To join our waitlist for the 2024-2025 academic school year, please read through our 2024-2025 Waitlist Guide: 

Waiting List Prioritization

The waiting list is prioritized by date received and as follows:

  1. Children of Shalom Austin employees
  2. Siblings of currently enrolled students or graduated students who have maintained their JCC membership
  3. Children from Jewish families who are either ECP Affiliates or JCC members
  4. Children from non-Jewish families who are ECP Affiliates or Shalom Austin members



The Zeifman Family Early Childhood Program is part of the Dell Jewish Community Center.
All families must have a
 JCC Family Membership to enroll.

Membership Options

Dell JCC Family Membership 

Many people choose to start their Dell JCC Family Membership while they are on the ECP Waiting List to give their child priority and to enjoy our many amenities and member discounts while they wait for a spot to open.

ECP Affiliate Membership 

The ECP Affiliate Membership also gives your child priority but does not grant you access to the Sports & Fitness complex at the Dell JCC. ECP Affiliate families are welcome at ECP-sponsored events while they are on the waiting list. Once your family is officially offered a spot in the ECP, you MUST immediately become Dell JCC Family Members.

To sign up for an ECP Affiliate Membership, email Valerie Sar Shalom at 


The academic school year at the Zeifman Family Early Childhood Program is now year-round for infants through Pre-K. Winter and Holiday Packages may be purchased separately.

ECP Billing

Tuition is calculated automatically during the online registration process and will be divided into the appropriate number of payments based upon parental choice. Many parents choose a 12-month payment plan that begins on August 1st of each calendar year; however, parents may also choose to pay the annual tuition in one payment at the time of registration or on August 1st of each calendar year. The infant through 3s group is a 12 month-month program, while the Pre-K group is a 10-month program.

For questions or information regarding billing, please contact Janet Schreffler at (512) 735-8062 or For tuition questions, please contact the ECP Front Office at (512) 735-8100.


Dell JCC Membership Billing

You may set up payments for your JCC Family Membership here. All ECP families must have a JCC Family Membership to attend the ECP. When graduating or if you must leave the ECP and cancel your membership for any reason, please note that you must give a 60-day notice to the Membership Department at prior to the next billing date.

Per our Membership policies, your Family Membership will be automatically dropped for non-payment if payment lapses for more than 60 days, which means your child will also lose their spot at the ECP.

For more billing information, please feel free to contact the Membership Operations Coordinator Miriam Mosher at (512) 735-8026 or

Valerie Sar Shalom

Valerie Sar Shalom

Admissions & Enrollment Manager