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to The Chai Center Preschool!

Keri.jpgI am thrilled to be continuing my journey here at The Chai Center as the Preschool director for my second year. We have had a tremendously successful past year with lots of growth.

The Chai Center Preschool provides a unique Jewish setting where children are constantly exposed to the traditions, values and joy of Judaism. Throughout the school year there are many Jewish threads being reinforced in the classrooms and around the school. One of these threads is that of Mitzvot. This is a very special part of our preschool. Each day the students have the opportunity to share with their peers Mitzvah notes written at home by their parents explaining their child’s good deeds and/or acts of kindness. These special actions are celebrated in the classrooms daily during circle time. The Morahs are also always looking for Mitzvot from the children and take the time to point out when they see them taking place. This past year, our students have expanded on this and started to recognize good behaviors, listening and kindness in the classroom as Mitzvot, and have begun sharing what they see with the Morahs and their classmates. All of these interactions show the positive impact Mitzvot has on ourselves and the world around us.

As director I will continue to provide leadership to the teaching staff, provide opportunities for staff development and foster relationships with students and their families. I look forward to welcoming new families into the community we have created here at The Chai Center and continuing the amazing relationships we have with our current families. I can not wait to see what wonderful new things this upcoming school year will bring.

               Keri Kiernan Director


» Our Philosophy

Our 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.  

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Three Long Island Preschools Selected to Participate in Project LEAD!

Leading The Way for
Nature and Reggio inspired Approaches

School leaders 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 Reconstr uctionist 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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