About us

About the CDC

The Child Development Center was formed in 1989 by Robin Atwood, Cheryl Cook, Jody Cohen, Carol Dochen, Barbara Gibson, Sherri Greenberg, Amy Greenspan and Cathy Schechter. With the support of the Sisterhood and its president Barbara Tocker, Congregation Beth Israel was able to create a nurturing place for children.

The Beth Israel Child Development Center (CDC) provides a safe, loving, and nurturing environment through a play based program. Children are encouraged to follow their interests and teachers facilitate their classrooms through those interests. The CDC is also proud to have an immersive Jewish culture that includes weekly Shabbat with clergy, learning Hebrew and understanding Jewish values and holidays. Additionally, the CDC provides specials to all students during the school day. These include nature and science, art, and Sportball.

Overall, the CDC strives to provide an environment of constantly improving learning and support for children and families.



Our school is located at

3901 Shoal Creek Blvd Austin, TX 78756

Our school’s phone number is

(512) 371-0224

To email us, please send a message to our Assistant Director:


The CDC is open from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The regular school day is 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

If you are interested in having a child stay for flex time: the extra hour in the morning and half hour in the evening please note it on your enrollment form. 


Q: What are the dates of your program?

A: We are a full 12 month school year, with breaks for Jewish holidays and Christmas. 

Q: What is the teacher to student ratio?

A: We follow the NAEYC ratios, which are different for each classroom. They are, 

Infant 1:4 
Toddler/Two 1:6 
Preschool 1:10  

Q: What are the health protocols for your school?

A: All of our teachers are CPR and first aid certified. We also require vaccinations for all children. We are also a completely nut free program!

Q: Do you offer food and snacks during the day?

A: We have a hot lunch program, as well as two snacks provided during the day. Additionally we have a Fun Food Friday program and a Challah fundraiser on Friday.