ECP Parent Resources | Shalom Austin




School Schedule

August 21, 2023 – August 9, 2024



Toddler – Pre-K

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM  Core Day 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM Core Day
7:30 – 8:30 AM Early Care 2:30 – 5:30 PM Extended Care
7:30 – 8:30 AM Early Care

Quick Reference


What to Bring
Reminder: Please label everything.
  • A box/bag of diapers and/or pull-ups if appropriate. If using cloth diapers, send extra diapers, clips, and a closed container to hold dirty diapers
  • A change of clothes appropriate to the weather/season (infants should bring 2-3 changes of clothes)
  • Extra underwear if appropriate
  • A pacifier or “lovey” for nap time if appropriate
  • A nap mat (infants should bring 2 crib sheets instead)
  • A blanket (if one is not attached to your nap mat)
  • A washable bag or pillow case for the nap mat
  • Sunscreen (must be listed on medication form)
  • Lunch (no meat) in a lunch box
  • A reusable plastic sippy cup (0-18 months) or water bottle (18 months+)
  • Recommended: re-usable eating utensils for your children
  • Infants: bottles with an unopened container of formula or enough breast milk for an entire day; and unopened baby cereal and/or baby food
Don’t forget. Please label everything.
Lunch Ideas

THE ECP IS A MEAT-FREE SCHOOL. No beef, chicken, or turkey is allowed on campus. Fish is ok, but not shellfish.


Sandwiches & More

Peanut Butter…

  • and jelly
  • and honey
  • and banana
  • and celery

Cream Cheese…

  • on bagel
  • and jelly
  • in celery
  • and diced olives

Sandwich Ideas

  • Tuna or salmon
  • Cheese varieties
  • Grilled cheese


  • Cheese
  • Veggie
  • Bagel bites


  • Bean and/or cheese
  • Burritos
  • Rice and beans
  • Quesadillas
  • Avacado/guacamole


  • Hard boiled/deviled
  • Egg salad
  • Scrambled

Fruit with Yogurt Dip

Expand Your Bread Box
  • Tortillas
  • Pita
  • Challah
  • Rice cakes
  • Bagels
  • Biscuits
  • Waffles
  • English muffins
Fun and different
  • Rice
  • Rice noodles
  • Tortellini
  • Ravioli
  • Veggie lasagna
  • Mac & cheese
  • Veggie spring rolls
  • Matzah ball soup
  • Lettuce and cheese wraps
  • Salad with dressing
  • Pita triangles
  • Chips and hummus
  • Fish sticks
  • Veggie burger
  • Tofu hot dogs (cut length wise)
  • Pre-K: Cheese sticks
Morning Star Farms in your grocer’s freezer section include veggie versions of the following: corn dogs, chicken nuggets, veggie burgers and more.

REMINDER: Please make sure to cut cherry tomatoes and grapes in half as these are considered choking hazards by licensing. Thanks!

Tot Shabbat

Every Friday morning, the students gathers together to sing, dance, and celebrate Shabbat!

One of the highlights of Shabbat is when the children each bake their own challah to take home and enjoy with their families. This wonderful aroma fills the school with an extra element of excitement each week. If you’d like to bake your own at home, check out the recipe here.

Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather, the ECP generally follows the closing, delayed start, and early release decisions of the Austin Independent School District (AISD) and will notify parents of its decisions via an announcement from our electronic communication system brightwheel.

You may also get the ECP’s latest closing information by calling (512) 735-8100 (the ECP Front Desk) where messages are updated as conditions change.

When the weather reaches or goes above 100 degrees or below 40 degrees, ECP staff will alert educators to limit outdoor play to 20-minute segments. When there are heat or cold alerts, the administration will decide if children should go outdoors at all.


Gratefully we are now in a different phase of the pandemic with high community immunity through vaccination and/or natural immunity. COVID-19 is still in our community, and reinfection can occur, but due to high community immunity, we are not seeing increases in severe disease and hospitalizations. We have learned a lot in the last 3 years, including that children rarely develop severe diseases. Therefore, in consultation with experts, we believe it is safe to modify our policies. To that end, we now consider Covid-19 like other respiratory viruses and have one policy for all viral illnesses.  

 First, we still strongly encourage all families, children, and staff to stay current with their vaccinations, including Covid-19. Second, stay home if ill. Third, if you have been ill, we will require you to meet 3 criteria before returning to school outlined below: 

  1. Are 24 hours fever free (if fever was an initial symptom without anti-pyrectics) 
  2. At least 48 hours (about 2 days) have passed since onset of symptoms or a positive test  
  3. Experiencing significant symptom improvement 

Our school will continue to thoroughly clean and sanitize nightly and keep our classrooms clean during the day, and our teachers will teach, model, and supervise proper handwashing. We highly recommend vaccinating children and adults ages 6 months and older. We will continue to follow any local changes and new public health guidance. Should the current situation change, we will consult our experts and modify our policies. 


In addition to the ECP, Shalom Austin offers a variety of other programs for young children and their parents. Here’s a sample of some other ways to get involved in our community:

After School Activities

Looking for something for your kids to do after school? We have fun and educational activities for kids ages 1-12. 

A toddler child wears a football helmet and holds a basketball outside on a grass field.

Sports & Fitness

We don’t just have sports, swim, and fitness classes for kids, we have classes, leagues, and teams for adults too! Join us.

Parent Programs

Connect with other parents, get support, and have fun.

Every month, Shalom Families organizes events at the J and neighborhoods in the Austin area. Get to know other families who live near you.

We have a special group for our interfaith families to connect too!

And, be sure to check out the PJ Library. Jewish families can sign up to receive a free children’s book every month.

Get Involved

There are lots of ways to connect with the Austin Jewish community beyond school.

Shereen Ben-Moshe

Shereen Ben-Moshe

ECP Director