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Welcome to The Chai Center Preschool!


We treasure the time we have with each student as we watch them and guide them on their journey of self-discovery and growth. 

In-house registration is open for our current school year and fall 2018-2019 school year.  We are happy to say The Chai Center Preschool is growing and the class sizes are limited.  We encourage you to register early to reserve your child’s place.  Space and days are available on a first come first served basis.

Each week preschool days are filled with an array of activities, such as reading, music, yoga, library and a weekly Shabbat party where the children shape, bake and eat fresh Challah. Additionally, we offer a variety of weekly afterschool enrichment programs such as martial arts, and explorations into different thematic topics such as dinosaurs and outer space. 

The Chai Center Preschool prides itself on providing a warm, positive experience giving each child the best introduction to their educational journey.  

Our nurturing, patient and experienced teachers provide tools to foster each child’s self-confidence and to facilitate meaningful interactions with their peers.  Our respective two-, three- and four-year-old (Pre-K) curricula are designed to build skills and knowledge needed to succeed in school.  In addition to learning “life skills” and forging friendships, we work on academic essentials through wonder, exploration and discovery.

            Thank you,
            Keri Kiernan, Director


» Our Philosophy
The Chai Center provides a warm, nurturing, stimulating and supportive environment for young children ages 2-5 and their families. Our program, which is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, incorporates a child-centered curriculum that respects the individuality of each child. Children are encouraged to use their senses to investigate, experiment and discover through hands-on-experiments and exploration. The Chai Center Preschool maintains a strong and positive image of the child. We believe that all children are capable and competent. Our program seeks to nurture a child’s curiosity, independence, sense of community and Jewish identity so that he or she will be prepared for the next stage of their personal and academic journey. 
» Register
Registration is now open for the 2017-18 school year!
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2017-18 School Calendar   >> 
» Our Programs
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A Word from the Director

Welcome! We pride ourselves on our warm & qualified staff & our new state of the art modern & safe facility. We treasure the time we have with each child as we watch them & guide them on their journey of self discovery & growth. We believe a positive preschool experience is crucial. It will be the catalyst for your child’s continuing social & academic development. We invite you to visit & we are sure you will love what you see!

Mrs. Zoey Saacks 

The Chai Center Preschool and Camp has received National Recognition for our Certified Outdoor Nature Classroom and all of the wonderful activities our children enjoy in our program. Check out this link and please share!

Three Long Island Preschools Selected  to Participate in Project LEAD! 

Leading The Way for Nature-and Reggio-inspired Approaches

School lea ders and staff from  Silverstein Hebrew Academy in Great Neck, Chai Center Preschool in Dix Hills, Woodbury Jewish Center, and Gan Shalom Nursery School of the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore in Plandome  are joining eight other schools from the Greater New York area to engage students and families in Jewish Nature and Reggio- inspired experiences. They will attend leadership seminars throughout the year and receive executive coaching and content consultants to work with their teachers.  Learn more about Project LEAD , an initiative of The Jewish Education Project.

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