Our Philosophy


We believe that children are capable, competent learners, who can solve problems and express intentions. They learn best when actively involved in their environment and engaged in activities that promote individual growth. Center-based learning allows children to hypothesize, experiment, discover, and express their ideas in a creative and nurturing environment. Encounters with teachers, peers, parents, and materials in the classroom engage the learner in ways which construct knowledge and understanding. 


HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Why Choose the Mandel ECE


  • Our ratios are well above licensing standards with the educator-to-student ratio above what is mandated in many of our classrooms. 
  • Our program is designed and delivered by degree qualified educators. Our teachers and support staff continue to shine daily providing developmentally appropriate activities and experiences that challenge our students and give them continued opportunities to learn, explore and problem solve in a kind and supportive classroom environment.
  • Our test results indicate that 99% of ECE children who graduate from our program are Kindergarten ready.
  • Our facilities are unmatched including full size gym, indoor/outdoor swimming pools and 45 acres of open space for your little ones to explore. We continue to enhance our facility with improvements such as iPads in each of our classrooms and increased safety and security measures across campus.
  • We continually strive to engage your children with enrichment classes such as ballet, hip hop and jazz along with soccer, Spanish and painting taught by experts in their respective fields. 
  • We recently opened our Lending Library which aims to promote the importance of early literacy by providing easy access to age appropriate books. 
  • Together, we rally as a family to support local causes in our community such as the Beds for Kids program, Birthday Mitsvah for Akron Canton Regional Foodbank and canned food drive for Canorah at the Mall.



Mission Statement


We believe that when a family chooses the Mandel Early Childhood Education Center it is the beginning of a journey together through your child's very important first five years of life. It is our goal to become an extension of your home and to walk alongside you as you raise your children. The Mandel ECE strives to provide a safe, developmentally inclusive environment for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers which promotes each child's social/emotional, physical and cognitive development. Surrounded by a culture that introduces and implements Jewish values and traditions we welcome each child and their family into our ECE community.

  • Mandel ECE Director

    Have questions? Need information? Want to take a tour? Contact Kim Garra for more information on The Lisa and Thom Mandel Early Childhood Center at the Shaw JCC.

    330-835-0044 or email