Our Philosophy

1a.jpgOur unique Reggio-inspired, New York State licensed preschool program is designed to spark wonder and creativity, build confidence and skills and allow children to explore materials that encourage a questioning mind.

A Certified Nature Explore outdoor classroom, a student vegetable garden, an indoor paint shower, an exotic fish tank and after school enrichment programs such as martial arts and soccer, housed in a bright, state-of-the-art facility, are just some of the features that distinguish The Chai Center Preschool. The program offers a comprehensive hands-on experience, in a warm and nurturing environment. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, our respective two-year-old, three-year-old and Pre-K programs incorporate a child-centered curriculum that respects their individuality. The children have structure to their day, expectations that are age appropriate to enable personal growth, and are encouraged to use their senses, investigate, experiment and discover through hands-on experiments and exploration.  The Chai Center Preschool caters to the entire Jewish community and beyond, regardless of background or affiliation. Whatever you are looking for in a preschool, from the loving attention of a devoted, highly qualified staff, to quality educational activities to prepare your child for their educational journey, you will find it at The Chai Center Preschool.

The Chai Center Preschool offers two-, three-, and four-year-old programs; full, half-day and UPK options; and two, three and five day weeks.  Additionally, we offer extended care before and after school.

For more information on our preschool or to set up a tour, please call 631-351-8672 or email preschool@thechaicenter.com . 


Our Goals

Our goal is to create a stimulating and enriching educational environment for each and every child. We are devoted to helping children learn socialization skills, building their self confidence and teaching them the preliminary skills to explore and experience the world independently from their parents. We provide children with the early foundation and framework to prepare them for the transition to their next stage of development. In addition, we seek to ignite a spark in each child to lay claim to his Jewish heritage and commit him or her to a lifetime passion for learning. 


Our Program

The Chai Center Pre-school prides itself on a low teacher-student ratio which allows the teachers to work closely with the students. Our teachers and staff encourage our children to learn about themselves and the world around them through exploration and discovery. Our respective two, three and four year old curriculum is designed to build skills and knowledge needed to succeed in school. In addition to learning “life skills” and forging friendships, we also work on academic essentials that reflect the interest and developmental abilities for each age group. Our program is dedicated to educating children from the broad range of Jewish backgrounds and observances. Children are introduced to basic Jewish values – respect for others, kindness, tzedakah (charity) and practicing mitzvot. These practices are integrated into daily routines and interactive play. Additionally, the children have frequent contact with the clergy as they are an integral part of the Pre-school and the Chai Center Community. Our rich and meaningful program provides a healthy mix of structured and play so children become acquainted with a wide spectrum of mediums to encourage proper growth in cognitive, physical and social areas.