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PRESCHOOL DIRECT # 516-324-8777

Membership for Preschool Families can be found here.

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OTHER 2022 - 2023 PROGRAMS

Registration Opens Oct. 12th for Members and School Families
Open to Community Oct. 14th 
For Children turning 2 Years old between December 2022 and March 2023


9:45 AM – 12:15 PM

 Jan. 4, 2023 – June 8, 2023

For children 3 - 11 months old and their parent.  Meet other new parents and discuss current issues on parenting your new baby.

Tuesdays 9:45am - 10:45am

Oct. 25, 2022 – Jan. 31, 2023   

For children 12 – 22 months and their mommies, daddies or other adult caretaker. Make new friends while experiencing a fun and interactive mini-preschool morning. 



Mondays 9:45am - 10:45am

Sep. 12, 2022 - Dec. 19, 2022
Wednesdays and Thursdays classes are currently full.


Winter/Spring 2023

12 – 17 months old
Wednesdays 9:45 - 10:45 am
January 4th – May 31st
18 - 22 months old
Thursdays 9:45 – 11:00 am
January 5th – June 1st


Toddler Program: 
For children that turn 2 years old on or before December 1st. Children may attend 3 or 5 days a week from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Three Year Olds: 
Children must turn 3 years old by December 1st. Children may attend 4 or 5 days a week from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm.
Four Year Olds (Pre-K):  
Children must turn 4 years old by December 1st. This is a 5 day a week program from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm.

Our Program

Our Early Childhood Education Program focuses on the social, emotional, academic, physical, and spiritual needs of each child in a warm, stimulating, creative, and loving Jewish environment.  Children learn through play and exploration to become independent,  self-confident, and excited about learning.  We have a variety of wonderful classes for children ranging from three months to four years. 
Along with our Rabbi and Cantor we also offer monthly Tot Shabbat celebrations and fun Family Education Workshops.
The Director of our Early Childhood Program, Cindy Common invites you to contact her for a tour of our wonderful school and our beautiful Nature Explore Certified Outdoor Classroom and playground.
To reach Cindy, call 516-496-9100 x103 or email



Families with children enrolled in our preschool's Toddler to Pre-K, as well as K-2 religious school, receive complimentary membership at the WJC.  This membership is available as long as you have one child enrolled in our early childhood or K-2 program*. 
Complimentary School Family Membership includes access to events and activities at WJC, including High Holidays Family Services and children's programming.  Extended families and friends are welcomed for the High Holy Days for a nominal fee.
*Families with children in our Religious School who are in 3rd grade or above are required to be Full Family Members. 
If you would like Junior Family Membership or Family Full Membership, which includes synagogue voting rights, access to all clergy lifecycle services such as babynamings, aufrufs, weddings, and end of life, as well as access to discounted programming and events please click here.

Staying Connected During COVID-19

Extended Hours And Busing: We offer Wrap Around Care for early drop off as early as 8 am and late pick up as late as 4 pm as well as a variety of Afternoon Extension Programs including Cooking, Science, Young Master Artists, Yoga, Creative Movement, Soccer and Karate. 
Busing is available for all enrolled children for both arrival and departure. 

Our Goals

Engaging experiences are provided to encourage development in the following areas:
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Cognitive and Adaptive Skills
  • Fine and Gross Motor Coordination
  • Creativity and Imagination
  • Moral Growth and Development
  • Jewish Identity, Celebrations, Values, and Introduction to Hebrew

Our Curriculum

Our child centered, play-based curriculum provides an exciting and developmentally appropriate environment that fosters learning through meaningful experiences and establishes a solid foundation for continuous growth, positive self-image and Jewish learning.  Intentional and experiential activities are designed to meet the developmental stages of each child.  We are fortunate to have a dedicated STEAM classroom and teacher and a Nature Explore Certified Outdoor Classroom where each class spends time in daily.   Activities include:
  • Art expression, music and cooking
  • Literacy and writing readiness
  • Math activities and science exploration
  • Language development and dramatic play
  • Movement, block building and manipulatives
  • Nature and gardening experiences
  • Weekly Music Specialist 
  • Weekly visits by Rabbi Fruithandler and Cantor Cohen
  • School-wide Shabbat celebrations
  • Special programs and trips to enhance the learning experiences.

Our Staff

Along with our Director, Cindy Common, and Administrative Assistant Debbie Loeb, we have a low child/teacher ratio and a staff of loving and dedicated certified educators with extensive Early Childhood Education backgrounds, teaching experience and understanding of the needs of young families and children. Our staff retention rate is outstanding.  A strong emphasis is placed on professional development so that we may continually improve the quality of our program and keep current on the latest research in our field.  We are licensed by the NYS Office of Child and Family Services and we are active participants in the Jewish Education Project of New York.


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