1950-1951: Jewish Federation appoints “Youth Needs Study Committee,” with pediatrician Frank Cohen as chairman.
1952: “Preschool of the Fort Worth Jewish Community” opens with 6 students, Monday through Friday.
1953: Preschool enrolls 14 students, ages 3 to 5 years.
1953: Enrollment doubles to 28. Goldman adds second “helper” to staff.
1954: School expands to 3 rooms.
1956: Preschool called “finest in Fort Worth” by TCU’s Child Psychology Department. Colleges send student teachers to observe. Physicians refer children with special needs. Non-Jewish parents seek in enroll youngsters. School becomes “non-sectarian.”
1962: Preschool comes under the direction of the newly formed board of proposed Dan Danciger Jewish Community Center (DDJCC). The budget for the 9-month school year is $5,374.
1964: DDJCC opens
1965: DDJCC Preschool has 43 pupils, a waiting list, and staff of four.
1973: DDJCC adds a new wing and enlarges preschool.
1982: Preschool renamed “Lil Goldman Early Childhood Learning Center.”
1988: Enrollment grows to 100 children, ages 18 months to 5 years.
1999: DDJCC closes. School merges with Ahavath Sholom preschool under the direction of
2000: Founding director Lil Goldman dies at age of 87.
2001: School again renamed in Lil Goldman’s honor.
2013: Enrollment totals 92 children, ages 2 months to 5 years. Students attend 2, 3, or 5 days a week, year round. Monthly tuition ranges from $220 to $1,010.
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