The Alfred G. Rayner Learning Center was founded in 1984 to provide daily care for infants and young children. From its fledgling origins, the school has evolved into a multi-level day care and learning center for pre-kindergarten children.
The focus of our programming:
- Emphasizes Judaism, its customs and culture
- Builds language skills
- Develops gross and fine motor skills
- Fosters critical thinking
- Encourages positive social interactions
- Nurtures creativity and curiosity
Our program also offers:
- Music classes taught by a certified teacher
- Mousercise, a floor-based gymnastics program
- Annual speech, hearing and vision screenings
- Visits from the fire department, zoo, library, dentist and others
- Parent education nights
- Daily reports and photos sent to your email or phone via Preschool2Me app
The Alfred G. Rayner Learning Center provides a healthy functional physical environment, a structured, progressive, developmentally appropriate curriculum and skilled, knowledgeable teachers.
From infancy to preschool your child will engage in exciting learning activities specifically designed to meet their needs and help them develop in all areas.
Pre-K children play cooperatively in our ExploreYard, an outdoor, hands-on classroom for experiential education. The ExploreYard includes a Sound Wall for musical exploration, a Patio Playhouse, Sand tables, Nature Exploration, a Stage for Dramatic Play, a Toy car track, a Bucket scale for STEM exploration, and more!
The Rayner Center emphasizes Judaism, its customs and culture, including holidays like Sukkot, a harvest festival. Here some of our children are playing in a sukkah, the three-side structure used during the holiday.
Our older children attend Shabbat services each week.
Mousercise is a weekly floor-based gymnastics program that allows children to develop their motor skills and balance.
Children enjoy the slide on our playground. Our playgrounds are designed for young toddlers, older toddlers and pre-schoolers, with age-appropriate playing and climbing equipment in each. All three areas are covered to allow us to enjoy outdoor play year-round.
A toddler works on color recognition, hand-eye coordination and artistic expression while painting.
Donate to the Dottie Smith Memorial Fund A fund to support the Rayner Center's Mission
The Rayner Center’s former director, Dottie Smith, passed away on Jan. 31, 2021. Dottie dedicated her career to the Rayner Center and served as its director until her retirement in 2018. She had a deep love for children and always put their health, safety and well-being first. To honor her memory and in accordance with the wishes of Dottie’s family, we have established the Dottie Smith Memorial Fund to be used to support the Center’s mission.
If you would like to give, click the Donate button, select PayPal donation, make your donation and then fill out the form (you may have to click a link to return to the Beth Shalom website), being sure to select “Rayner – Dottie Smith Memorial.”
Contact the Rayner Center
Acting Director: Latonia Douglas
Address: 9111 Jefferson Hwy. Baton Rouge, LA 70809