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New York Jewish Preschools

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Choosing the right preschool can be a downright terrifying process. It is the first decision you are making about your child’s academic life, and depending on where you live in the New York area, it can involve jumping through more hoops than a three-ring circus. To help get you started, we’ve rounded up a list of Jewish preschools in the New York area. Clink on the neighborhood link below to learn a bit more about Jewish preschools near you.

The fine print: The information on this page was provided by the respective schools, and as such, we can’t ensure the accuracy of any particular entry. If you are interested in a school, the best thing to do is call them, arrange a visit, and ask lots and lots of questions. Not sure what to ask? We can help: Top Ten Questions to Ask a Preschool.


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Bronx

The Riverdale Y Early Childhood Center
5625 Arlington Ave
Riverdale, NY 10471
(347) 913-4445
mfinkel@riverdaley.org
Affiliation: Jewish, open to all
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., early drop off & extended day available
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Description: We believe the learning process is a cooperative partnership involving teachers, parents, and children. We foster the development of the whole child, intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally, through play-based learning. We honor and value each child and recognize their unique abilities. Guided by Jewish values, we welcome every child into our caring, nurturing environment. We offer free, universal Pre-K, NYS certified teachers, and kosher food. Our extensive facilities include swim and gym, two outdoor playgrounds, music & movement, inter-generational programming, and a Jewish enrichment program.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Chicken soup with matzah balls—the soup is nurturing and good for you and the matzah balls are imperfectly round symbolizing the whole child; each one is unique.

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Brooklyn

Ahiezer Preschool
2433 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 648-6100 ext. 117
rmgarf12@gmail.com
Affiliation: Sephardic
Age Range: 1 – 6 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Financial aid is available
Special Needs:
We offer speech, OT, PT, and special education services from a partner agency.
Description:
We are a warm community school serving Sephardic families from various religious backgrounds. We have two Head Start classes and will offer UPK as of September 2016.

Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Preschool
131 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 522-2070 X126
preschool@bhsbrooklyn.org
Affiliation: Reform
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 8:45 a.m. – 2 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Special Needs: Our high student-teacher ratio allows us to work with parents toward making accommodations that facilitate success for all kinds of learners. Children with special needs are recommended for special education services and whenever possible we accommodate them at school.
Description: We are dedicated to the belief that individual differences and learning styles should be celebrated and that children learn best through play in a kind, nurturing environment that cultivates their social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual development. Our classrooms are designed to embrace exploration with open arms, open shelves, open-ended activities, and open minds! Our high teacher to student ratio allows teachers to support children in both their cognitive and emotional growth.
Every year and every class is different as they follow their interests. Literacy, science, art, and early math skills are incorporated into this engaging curriculum, fostering highly motivated learners. We are embracing of all families. Many of our students are from interfaith families. We celebrate only Jewish holidays in our program but our teachers are open and interested in the family traditions of each and every child.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Gefilte fish—a food steeped in love of tradition. There is no one right way to do it and it brings out creativity in all who prepare it. Also, to make it you must be open to making a glorious mess in order to do what needs doing!

Congregation Beth Elohim-Early Childhood Center
274 Garfield Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 499-6208
ecc@congregationbethelohim.org
Affiliation: Reform
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Special Needs: We are an inclusive community and are committed to maximizing the potential and participation of all types of learners in our classrooms.
Description: The Congregation Beth Elohim Early Childhood Center is dedicated to providing a learning environment that nurtures growth, curiosity, and self-esteem. Our lively, hands-on curriculum is developed through direct observation of children’s interests and individual needs. The traditions and basic values of Jewish culture are integrated throughout to strengthen our learning community. We follow the developmental-interactive approach to education and seek to explore and develop concepts, skills, and curriculum in an enriched, flexible play environment. Our school is open to families of all faiths and backgrounds.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Challah

Kiddie Korner
117 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
admin@kiddiekorner.org
Affiliation: Chabad
Age Range: 0 – 5 years
Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Summer Camp: Yes

Kings Bay YM-YWHA Preschool
3495 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 648-7703
info@kingsbayy.org
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Special Needs: We welcome children who have special needs. We are happy to host any and all specialists and therapists that your child may require. We can assist you in having your child evaluated and in arranging any support services that are determined to be needed by your child.
Description: Our highly experienced staff focuses on your child’s cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development and growth. We have a wonderful facility specially designed for the comfort of the young child and we have a beautiful large play yard where the children have the opportunity to run and to play outdoors in a safe and stimulating environment. We welcome children of all faiths and backgrounds. We have a Jewish cultural component to our program and we find that all denominations are happy to learn about the Jewish holidays through stories, songs, and art experiences.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: A yummy kugel—sweet, warm, delicious, and loved by all!

Luria Academy
238 St. Marks Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 398-3290
info@luria-academy.org
Affiliation: Open Orthodox & Post-Denominational
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., extended day available until 6 p.m.
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Special Needs: We have a full-time Director of Support Services to help parents, students, and staff, and to coordinate our providers for push-in/inclusion services. Our staff and families are committed to being a home and a community for all who want to be with us!
Description: We work to craft a deliberate balance that provides rich, authentic learning for all ages while celebrating (rather than tolerating) our religious and cultural diversity. We create a space for learners of all kinds from gifted and talented to those with developmental (academic or physical) delays and everything in between. As a Jewish day school with Montessori elements we have a unique way of looking at Jewish and secular education that is child-centered and concrete. Our school welcomes families of different learning needs, religious/secular backgrounds, family dynamics, financial means, and cultures. Our school invites Jews of all backgrounds to join our community and we do not demand religious practice from families at home or school. When it comes to rituals or politics we ask that families make those decisions and help their children to understand why; we help support those diverse choices in the classroom.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Challah with different toppings—it is a foundational Jewish food symbol with halachic resonance but the toppings add flavors of all kinds depending on family tradition.

Marks JCH Farber Bruch Early Childhood Center
7802 Bay Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11214
(718) 943-6333
Tatyana@jchb.org
Affiliation: JCC
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Special Needs: The JCH is committed to providing quality care for every child, including those with special needs. Our inclusion specialist works with every family on their goals and helps ensure we meet them. We also hold family information workshops and support groups.
Description: We help children to grow physically, socially, cognitively, and emotionally at a pace and in a manner suited to each individual child. We have a dedicated, caring and experienced bilingual English and Russian staff. Our theme-based curriculum is aligned with Common Core and we carefully combine education and recreation—from music and movement to early literacy, to manipulatives and puzzles. Breakfast, hot lunch, and snack are included, all meals are kosher. Interfaith families are welcome.

Union Temple Preschool
17 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 623-1322
krista@utpreschool.org
Affiliation: Reform
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available until 3 p.m.
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Special Needs: We accept and support children with Individualized Education Plans. Our consulting social worker does classroom observations and makes suggestions for classroom modifications to help address children’s individual needs.
Description: Union Temple Preschool’s strength is in providing an individualized program that supports children’s diverse learning styles by encouraging exploration through play. Our curriculum includes weekly yoga and music classes, on-site swimming classes, Spanish language, and an innovative art program at the Brooklyn Museum. We welcome children from all faiths and backgrounds.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Bagels—they come in many flavors to satisfy many tastes.

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Long Island

Commack

The Suffolk Y JCC
74 Hauppauge Road
Commack, NY 11725
(631) 462-9800
info@syjcc.org
Affiliation: Jewish
Age Range: 3 months – 5 years
Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Special Needs: We are able to accommodate children with special needs.
Description: Our licensed early childhood center offers a full range of programs and services to meet each family’s need. Large classrooms, STEM lab, indoor and outdoor play spaces, swimming and tennis lessons, as well as a strong curriculum, ensures that each child will be fully prepared for kindergarten. We welcome all members of the community regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.

Dix Hills

The Chai Center Preschool & Camp
501 Vanderbilt Parkway
Dix Hills, NY 11746
(631) 351-8672
mail@thechaicenter.com
Affiliation: Chabad
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., early drop-off & extended-day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Description: Our warm, innovative, Reggio-inspired program is designed to spark wonder and creativity, build confidence and skills, and allow children to explore materials that encourage a questioning mind.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: An Everything bagel—we are a whole entity and every child shines!

East Meadow

Ilene M. Rubin Nursery School at East Meadow Jewish Center
1430 Prospect Ave
East Meadow, NY 11554
(516) 489-3415
nurseryemjc@gmail.com
Affiliation: Jewish
Age Range: 18 months – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Description: We are the school where Jewish learning begins.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: We are like a matzah ball—well-rounded.

East Rockaway

Hewlett East Rockaway Jewish Centre Nursery School
295 Main Street
East Rockaway, NY 11518
516-599-1169
nurseryoffice@herjc.org
Affiliation: Conservative-Egalitarian
Age Range: 10 months – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Special Needs: We are happy to accommodate children with special needs and itinerant services
Description: At the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre Nursery School we believe in the emotional and social growth and well-being of every child. Before one can be a good citizen of the world, one must learn to be a good citizen of the classroom and school. This involves learning to share and empathize as part of a community. We create a happy, healthy environment where young children can develop socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. We are proud of our child directed program where play is the medium for learning.

Great Neck

Long Island Hebrew Academy
122 Cutter Mill Road
Great Neck, NY 11021
(516) 466-3656
rosel@lihagn.org
Affiliation: Orthodox
Age Range: Toddlers – 5th grade
Hours: Vary, early drop-off & extended day available
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
No
Description: Our school is very family oriented. Every teacher knows every child.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: An Everything bagel—round and complete with enough spices to makes it interesting.

Huntington

Huntington Jewish Center
510 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 425-0525
ibrown@hjcny.org
Affiliation: Jewish, open to all faiths
Age Range: 18 months – 5 years
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., early drop-off & late pick-up available
Financial aid available
Summer Camp: Yes
Description: We are a well-balanced program, including academics, higher level thinking, and play. We instill the love of learning in every child, while fostering self-esteem and independence. We welcome all faiths and there are many families from a variety of faiths in our school.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Babka—because we are a community that is filled with sweetness and kindness.

Melville

South Huntington Jewish Center
2600 New York Ave
Melville, NY 11747
(631) 421-3224
jashkenazy@shjc.org
Affiliation: Conservative
Age Range: 2 – 4 years
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Description: Warm, nurturing program, strong academics. We welcome all families.

Oceanside

The Early Childhood Center at OJC
Oceanside Jewish Center
2860 Brower Ave
Oceanside, NY 11572
(516) 764-4213
nursery@oceansidejewishcenter.org
Affiliation: Conservative
Age Range: 18 months – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Special Needs: We support the parents in the evaluation process and welcome all special education services ( SEIT, OT, PT, and Speech teachers) into our school and work together with them as a team.
Description: Our school offers a warm and friendly beginning to the school experience and focuses on the individual and unique needs of each child. The curriculum is structured to provide multiple levels of success, including a focus on increasing self-esteem. Children are taught to solve problems independently, to appreciate one another, and are encouraged to work and play cooperatively while living and learning about our rich Jewish heritage. Our school participates in the Quality Star NY program and is in the process of creating an outdoor learning environment. Children from all faiths are welcome.

Plainview

HANC Plainview
25 Country Drive
Plainview, NY 11803
(516) 681- 5922
admissionsplainview@hanc.org
Affiliation: Orthodox
Age Range: 2 – 4 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Financial Aid Available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Description: In our warm and nurturing school community, your child will connect to his or her Jewish heritage by celebrating holidays, traditions, and values. HANC students explore and discover their world through a play-based program blending standard and emergent curricula. Your child will share time with a dedicated and experienced teaching staff devoted to engaging and fun programming.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Cholent—we are lots of different ingredients mixed together to make one delicious pot of yummy goodness that warms our insides.

Plandome

Gan Shalom Nursery School
Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore
1001 Plandome Rd
Plandome, NY 11030
(516) 627-0257
ganshalom@optonline.net
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 9:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Special Needs: We strive to meet the needs of all our children and encourage and support families whose children have special needs. We work closely with families and our surrounding school districts to ensure beneficial services.
Description: We offer a modern day approach to traditional Judaism, which encompasses traditions, rituals, and a strong connection to the history of the Jewish People. Our warm, nurturing environment is Reggio-inspired with two beautiful playgrounds and an outdoor classroom. Our school welcomes and includes a diverse and multi-ethnic population.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: A round raisin challah—encircling our children and families with warmth and sweetness throughout the year.

Port Washington

Temple Beth Israel Preschool
Temple Drive
Port Washington, NY, 11050
(516) 767-1708 ext. 7
tbinursery@tbiport.org
Affiliation: Conservative
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Special Needs: Our school has many children with special needs. We meet with each family to ensure that we are able to meet the child’s needs and allow therapists to come in and provide services during the school day.
Description: We provide opportunities to grow emotionally, intellectually, and socially through hands-on, meaningful age appropriate experiences. We lay the foundation for future success by helping children develop a strong sense of self and an enthusiasm for learning. Our school participates in the Port Washington UPK program. We accept families of all religions.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Brisket or kugel—everyone makes one and they are all tasty but only mine is the best. Same with our preschool—there are plenty of good schools out there but ours is the best!

The Community Synagogue Early Childhood Center
160 Middle Neck Road
Port Washington, NY 11050
(516) 883-3144 x 316
ECC@commsyn.org
Affiliation: Reform
Age Range: 2 -5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Description: Our program strives for excellence and offers an enriching curriculum. Our outstanding facilities are located on a 12-acre estate and include state-of-the-art classrooms, three playgrounds, and an outdoor nature classroom. Interfaith families are welcome.

Roslyn Heights

Temple Sinai Nursery School
425 Roslyn Road
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577
(516) 621-8708
missdebbie.sinai@gmail.com
Affiliation: Reform
Age Range: 18 months – 5 years
Hours: 9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., early drop-off available
Summer Camp: Yes
Special Needs: Our goal is to help each student reach his/her fullest potential and we want each child to reach developmental milestones accordingly to his/her individual needs and abilities.
Description: Temple Sinai Nursery School is a licensed preschool program that is committed to providing children with a safe, nurturing environment where they will develop the foundation for learning the basic skills that are a vital part of becoming a lifelong learner. We strive to provide an atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. The curriculum includes basic educational concepts, secular, and Judaic learning. We welcome children of all religions, races, and ethnic backgrounds.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Matzah ball soup—warm and delicious and like a big hug from mom.

Shelter Rock

Shelter Rock Jewish Center Early Childhood Center
272 Shelter Rock Rd
Roslyn, NY 11576
(516)741-4305 x 20
eccdir@srjc.org
Affiliation: Conservative, open to all
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Description: We are a dual language English-Hebrew program. We accept children and families of all faiths.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Falafel!

Syosset

Midway Jewish Center Early Childhood Center
330 South Oyster Bay Road
Syosset, NY 11791
(516) 433-9120
midwaynursery@mjc.org
Affiliation: Jewish
Age Range: 2 – 4 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Special Needs: We follow NYS licensing guidelines regarding children with special needs.
Description: Midway provides a happy, creative learning experience for young children. Using developmentally appropriate practices, our children are engaged in learning through a variety of meaningful ways. Our school places a great emphasis on introducing your child to Jewish holidays, traditions, and the land of Israel. We welcome all families regardless of their faith.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: An Everything bagel—because we offer everything an early childhood family would want in one place!

Woodbury

Woodbury Jewish Center Vivien Grossman Early Childhood Education Program
200 South Woods Road
Woodbury, NY 11797
(516) 496-9100 ext.103
nsdirector@woodburyjc.org
Affiliation: Conservative
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: Vary, early drop-off & extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Special Needs: We are experienced in working with and accommodating special therapists.
Description: Our early childhood program is a developmentally appropriate, child-centered, loving environment where children learn and grow through fun and meaningful secular and Jewish experiences both indoors and in our beautiful outdoor nature center. We accept families of all faiths in our school.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Blintzes—rich, sweet, filling, and made with love!

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Manhattan

Downtown

14th Street Y Preschool
344 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
(646) 395-4325
mromero@14streety.org
Affiliation: Jewish
Age Range: 2 1/2 – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., extended day available
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Description: The 14th Street Y Preschool recognizes the potential of each child, the vital contributions families make to the school community and the value of relationships as the foundation of our work.
Inspired by the Reggio and Bank Street approaches to early childhood education, we stimulate children’s natural curiosity to make meaning of their world and negotiate the environments and contexts in which they live and play. In this safe and nurturing environment, children have the time to wonder, explore, touch, sense, and solve in many ways. Art, movement, storytelling, music, a rooftop playground, gardening, and aquatics are integral parts of the preschool. Our school strives to be all-inclusive and we are open to all.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Shakshuka—distinct flavors come together as a magical simmering dish.

Educational Alliance Preschool
197 E Broadway, 3rd fl
NY, NY 10002
(646) 395-4250
preschool@mannycantor.org
Affiliation: None
Age Range: 0 – 5 years
Hours: 8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Special Needs: We are committed to a full inclusion model of teaching, and we work together with families to ensure the best possible learning environment for your child. We believe that all children have strengths, challenges, and needs and that children gain important skills by being in the classroom with different types of learners. We welcome consultants and specialists who are engaged to observe and provide services to enrolled children.
Description: Educational Alliance Preschool at Manny Cantor Center is a progressive early childhood center that welcomes families of all backgrounds. Teachers and children work collaboratively to co-construct a curriculum that draws inspiration from the children’s interests. Families are our partners, joining together with the children and teachers to create a seamless connection between home and school. Exploration, play, open-ended questions, and beautiful spaces provide an excellent framework for learning. The preschool gleans inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy, Jewish values and traditions, progressive education, the surrounding Lower East Side community, and, most importantly, the children. We welcome children of all faiths and backgrounds to our school and have many interfaith families in our preschool community.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Haroset—it represents mortar and holding things together. There is no one way to make haroset, it changes from year to year and depending on who is involved. It can be simple or complex, regular or extraordinary, but it is always interesting and delicious.

The Jewish Community Project Early Childhood Center
146 Duane Street
NY, NY 10013
(212) 334-3533
ecc@jcpdowntown.org
Affiliation: An independent, grass-roots organization, not affiliated with any religious denomination
Description: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Special Needs: Our school has developed an approach that values keen observation through multiple lenses, and informed communication between observers using the school as the central communication point. We collaborate with outside related service providers in order to maximize growth in and out of the school setting.
Description: We provide a warm, nurturing environment in which the uniqueness of each child is supported while creating community. We foster an environment of flexibility within structure to facilitate each child’s exploration and discovery. Working hand-in-hand with parents, we support the development of the whole child. Jewish appreciation and experiences are integral to the program and enable families to participate in JCP as a lifelong community. JCP is an inclusive, pluralistic, and organic Jewish community serving a diverse spectrum of Jewish backgrounds, ages, and affiliations. We are part of the new Jewish landscape that is attempting to forge a new and unique place in the Jewish community. As such, we are open to everyone, and warmly welcome families of all backgrounds.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: A challah—because the different braids are interwoven together to form a whole.

My Little School
54 Reade Street
NY, NY 10007
(212) 566-3007
jordana@mylittleschoolnyc.com
Affiliation: Jewish
Age Range: 18 months – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Description: We offer a full academic curriculum in a warm and nurturing setting. Our
thoughtfully designed progressive curriculum is skills-based, child-centered, and teacher-framed, and focuses on the individual needs and interests of each child. Jewish values, traditions, culture, and holidays are incorporated into the curriculum. Our approach to integrated education is informed by both Jewish wisdom and the best of progressive educational practice, primarily the Reggio Emilia approach. We have a warm, welcoming, and vibrant community of families that form lasting relationships and pride ourselves on our proactive and constant communication between parents and teachers and administrators. Our school has a diverse team of specialists including an occupational therapist, speech therapist, physical therapist, play therapist, early childhood consultant, and parent educator.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Matzah ball soup—because it is familiar, comforting, and enjoyed by all.

Midtown – East Side

Central Synagogue Nursery School
123 East 55th Street
NY, NY 10022
(212) 838-5122 x4003
grebowc@censyn.org
Affiliation: Reform
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Financial Aid Available
Special Needs:
Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Consultants, an Early Childhood Development Specialist are on staff and available to screen students, support teachers in the classrooms, and meet with parents. We also have some children in the school with SEITs. We are happy to work with parents to accommodate children with special needs.
Description: Our goal is to provide each child with a strong foundation for personal fulfillment, academic success, and connection to Judaism throughout their lives. Our approach centers on hands-on, experiential learning that sparks curiosity, engages creativity, and invites children to think imaginatively and to wonder. Through a focus on emergent curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and other child-centered philosophies, children explore and begin to think about the world outside of their classroom and to seek their own solutions to the questions and challenges that arise through their work and play during the school day. Throughout each child’s time in our school, we work closely with parents, communicating and partnering with them to help each child reach his or her full potential as happy, relaxed, and confident learners with a lasting sense of Jewish connection. We are very welcoming to children and parents from interfaith families.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: A matzah ball—strong and sturdy at the core (in skills, vision, and implementation) and soft and fluffy on the outside (warm, nurturing, and encouraging environment).

Kaplan Nursery School
Sutton Place Synagogue
225 East 51st Street
NY, NY 10022
(212)826-6204
knsinfo@spsnyc.org
Affiliation: None
Age Range: 1 year, 11 months – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Description: Within the context of play, our balanced program includes both structured and open-ended activities enabling children to build the skills and self-assurance needed to become confident, joyful, and life-long learners. Through relationship building and through interaction with a variety of stimulating materials, children are encouraged to ask questions and become active problem solvers.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Babka

Temple Israel Early Childhood Learning Center
112 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
212-249-5001
eclc@tinyc.org
Affiliation: Reform
Age Range: 2 – 5 3/4
Hours: 8:50 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Special Needs: We make every effort to accommodate children with special needs. Several of our teachers are jointly certified in general and special early childhood education and we employ a consultant to be on site each week to specifically work with teachers and families around children who are receiving or being evaluated for services. 
Description:  We believe strongly in a child-centered, play-based approach to learning and our faculty and curriculum reflect this philosophy. Teachers and students work together to co-construct what happens in the classrooms – based on children’s interests and questions. Our facility includes 2 age-appropriate playgrounds which are accessible directly from the classroom. As a Reform congregation, we are aware of and sensitive to the spiritual needs of our families. Our population comes from a very wide variety of backgrounds that includes Jewish and non-Jewish experiences. We strive to be an open and welcoming community to all.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: A bagel with the works – cream cheese, lox, tomato, onion… each component individually can be delicious, but in combination it is amazing.

Upper East Side

Alef Bet Preschool
206 East 95th St
NY, NY 10128
(212) 831 2770
admin@chabadic.com
Affiliation: Chabad
Age Range: 18 months – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., early drop-off available
Summer Camp: Yes
Description: Our integrated curriculum is inspired by aspects of the Reggio Emilia approach. Our program is open-ended and reflective in nature, intended to showcase each student’s individuality and help discover their interests through a variety of first hand experiences. We emphasize the importance of each child’s family and the role that parents play in their education. We provide opportunities for parents to participate in our programs throughout the year, and host a number of events, outside of school where parents can make connections and form relationships with other members of our community.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Babka – so many layers of goodness!

Temple Shaaray Tefila Nursery School
250 East 79th Street
NY, NY 10075
(212) 535-2146
Bblanco@tstnyc.org
Affiliation: Jewish
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Special Needs: We support children with special needs as long as they can thrive in our environment.
Description: We provide a creative, developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to promote self-esteem, maturation, and cognitive development. We weave Jewish values and traditions into our program and all of the children are exposed to conversational Hebrew. We offer a variety of afterschool opportunities such as music, drama, yoga, science, and art. Interfaith families are welcome.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: A warm, fresh-from-the-oven babka—swirls of sweet flavor with warmth and richness.

Upper West Side

Beit Rabban Day School
15 West 86th Street
NY, NY 10024
(212) 595-1386
admin@beitrabban.org
Affiliation: Non-denominational
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Description: Beit Rabban is an educationally progressive, intentionally non-denominational Jewish day school with an intellectually rigorous and integrated approach to Judaic and secular studies.

Saul and Carole Zabar Nursery School @ JCC of Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue
NY, NY 10023
(646) 505-4470
lsierra@jccmanhattan.org
Affiliation: JCC
Age Range: 2.5 – 5.5 years
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., extended day available
Financial Aid Available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Special Needs: We readily admit and accommodate children with special needs. We partner with families and therapists to ensure that each child’s journey is a balance of support and challenge. SEITs and other therapists are welcome in our classrooms.
Description: We offer a Reggio-inspired educational approach with an inclusive program that celebrates children with special needs. Our emergent curriculum is inspired by children’s passions, Jewish values orient our relationships and our curricula are centered on social justice and social responsibility. We welcome and celebrate the myriad ways in which families connect to Judaism. Interfaith families are part of the fabric of our community. We strive for active, meaningful connection with all members of our community.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Challah—because everyone loves it!

Rodeph Sholom School
10 West 84th Street
New York, NY 10028
646-438-8600
admissions@rssnyc.org
Affiliation: Reform
Age Range: Preschool 2’s – 8th grade
Hours: 8 a.m. – 3:25 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Financial Aid available
Description: The Rodeph Sholom School provides students with a unique learning environment, central to which are three critical components: an N-8 structure; challenging academics; and integrated secular and Judaic studies. Each facet allows students to learn important academic content while simultaneously internalizing core Reform Jewish values.  Rodeph Sholom School welcomes all families who want a Jewish Education for their children. We have a large range of families including interfaith, single parent, and same-sex couples who all find RSS to be a warm and welcoming community.


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Queens

Hollis Hills Jewish Center Nursery School
210-10 Union Turnpike
Flushing, NY 11364
(718) 776-3500
nursery@hollishillsjc.org
Affiliation: Conservative
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Description: We provide a cheerful, warm, safe, and caring environment where children are encouraged to grow emotionally, socially, and academically. Our program integrates language arts, math, science, music, and art with the Jewish calendar. Interfaith families are welcome.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Matzah ball soup—because we are very warm and nurturing.

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Westchester

Chappaqua

Beginning Years Early Childhood Center
Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester
220 S. Bedford Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514
(914) 238-5735
info@bethelnw.org
Affiliation: Reform
Age Range: Birth – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – Noon
Camp: Yes – for 2s & 3s
Special Needs: Beginning Years is an inclusive program. We include children of all abilities.
Description: Beginning Years is a child-centered, developmentally appropriate program utilizing best practices in early childhood which includes emergent curriculum and the Reggio Emilia journey. Temple Beth El is an inclusive congregation welcoming all who wish to enroll their children and worship with us.

Dobbs Ferry

Greenburgh Hebrew Center Early Childhood Center
515 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NJ 10522
914-479-1421
ECCDirector@g-h-c.org
Affiliation: Conservative
Age Range: Birth – 5 years
Hours: 8 – 3 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Financial aid available
Description: The GHC Early Childhood Center offers a combined secular and Judaic pre-school curriculum in a warm, emotionally supportive, creative and fun atmosphere. Our purpose is to create an environment where self-confidence and self-expression are encouraged and supported. In the process, our children also learn responsibility, respect for others, and decision-making skills. In each age group, learning is implemented through a hands-on, play-oriented approach.

Mt. Kisco

Bet Torah Nursery School
60 Smith Avenue
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 666-7595
nurseryschool@bettorah.org
Affiliation: Conservative
Age Range: 18 months – 5 years
Hours: 9:15 a.m. – Noon, extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Special Needs: We accommodate children with special needs
Description: We seek to enhance the total social, emotional, and physical development of each child through a child-centered curriculum with an emphasis on Jewish values. Our goal is to provide interactive experiences that stimulate a child’s learning ability, while providing a safe, tender, and caring environment that encourages a child to explore. We aim to build a partnership between home and school and all activities are designed to be developmentally and individually appropriate. Interfaith families are welcome.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Kugel—we have a warm, sweet environment!

Scarsdale

Mazel Tots
Scarsdale Synagogue
2 Ogden Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
(914) 723-3001
mazeltots@sstte.org
Affiliation: Jewish
Age Range: Infant – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – Noon, extended day available
Summer Camp: Yes
Description: 
Mazel Tots® provides a warm and stimulating environment, which encourages children’s curiosity and helps them to grow socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Our warm and nurturing staff guides students through a curriculum filled with a variety of child-centered and developmentally appropriate activities that are safe, fun and friendly. Their spiritual growth will be enriched by the study of Jewish holidays, traditions and family values. We also offer a group of special activities such as sports and games, music, creative movement, sign language, nature, yoga, karate, science, art and more! We have two beautiful new playgrounds and gardens, plus a newly equipped indoor play space featuring ride-on toys, gym equipment, giant blocks, stepping stones and more! We are an inclusive community and welcome any child whose parents would like him/her to learn with us.

White Plains

Temple Israel Center Nursery School
280 Old Mamaroneck Road
White Plains, NY 10605
(914) 948-2800, x126
nsoffice@templeisraelcenter.org
Affiliation: Conservative
Age Range: 1 – 5 years
Hours: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., early drop-off & extended day available
Financial aid available
Summer Camp:
Yes
Description: We are dedicated to providing a unique, comprehensive, and enriching environment in which our children can achieve their full potential—socially, emotionally, creatively, cognitively, physically, and Jewishly. We strive to create a nurturing community of growth and learning informed by the Reggio-Emilia approach. We pride ourselves on our dedicated teachers, warmth, and flexible scheduling.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Fresh challah—it is warm, and makes kids love Shabbat and being Jewish!!

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