Parent-Child Programs (Ages 4 - 24 Months)

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Parent-Child Programs are held for the duration of the school year and are offered during our Summer Camp Program. Class length and frequency are based on the age of the child for the school year. Classes start at  one (1) hour, one (1) time per week, and gradually increase to one & a half (1½) hours, two (2) times per week, as children grow and develop. Teachers make plans for the school year’s curriculum by providing developmentally appropriate projects; our aim is to provide opportunities for hands-on learning and one-on-one child-adult interaction. Parents and teachers both interact with the children as much as possible during the class. By following the adults’ lead, the children learn to focus and complete age appropriate tasks in addition to participating in group activities.


Preschool School Drop Off Programs (Ages 2 - 5 Years)

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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Our full-day Junior Kindergarten includes lunch, rest time and daily enrichment. As with the Parent-Child Programs, goals include continued social emotional development as well as fostering independence in a nurturing environment, and integration of family and school within a Jewish context. Additionally, the Preschool Programs help children form a positive Jewish self-identity and provide opportunities for growth and development in social, emotional, cognitive, intellectual, and physical skills.

Please Note: 2 – 2½ -year-olds don’t start the full day program right away. Prior to starting school, the child’s teacher will conduct a home visit to introduce himself/herself to the child and parents to help ease the transition to school and encourage the child to bond with the teacher. After the visit, the child starts school for not more than 45 minutes for the first few classes.
After that, they can come for as long as they’re comfortable.
This helps bridge the connection from home to school.


Extended Day Program (Ages 2 - 4 Years)

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7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Children may attend a varying number of days per week depending upon their age. The Extended Day Program provides a flexible option for parents who need additional care needs. We offer a nurturing environment, in a safe, well-maintained physical space, where parents can be confident their children are receiving a program that is developmentally sound and rich in Judaism. The program is a combination of structured morning activities integrated into our Preschool Programs, followed by a nutritious Kosher lunch, a monitored nap, and a full afternoon program that provides time for children to explore different enrichment activities and continue the weekly theme.


Half Day Program (Ages 2 - 4 Years)

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9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Our half-day program includes an option for lunch and daily enrichment begins at age 3. Goals include continued development of emotional and social skills, as well as fostering independence in a nurturing environment, and integration of family and school within a Jewish context. Additionally, the Preschool Programs help children form a positive Jewish self-identity and provide opportunities for growth and development in social, emotional, cognitive, intellectual, and physical skills.


Lunch and Enrichment Programs

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Preschool-Age Children: Junior Kindergarten: Monday – Friday Afternoons (Children may enroll in any number of days per week, as desired.)

Enrichment Programs Include:

• Music
• Hebrew and Jewish Storytelling
• Cooking
• Creative Arts
• Science
• Dancing


8-Week Summer Day Camp and Parent-Child Program

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Children may attend a varying number of days per week depending upon their age. The Extended Day Program provides a flexible option for parents who need additional care needs.