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to The Chai Center Preschool!

The Chai Center Preschool is open for registration and committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for your children.

We are strictly adhering to CDC and all state health guidelines and are incorporating new advanced cleaning procedures, daily temperature checks and reduced class sizes.



It is an honor and privilege to introduce myself as your new Preschool Director. Those whom I have already met at The Chai Center have made me feel very welcome, and I look forward to getting to know everyone during the upcoming school year. My experience as an administrator and my belief in the importance of Jewish traditions and values have come together in a wonderful union. I spent 14 great years as a preschool teacher and assistant administrator at a day care center. I also have over 9 years of classroom teaching experience at the elementary level as a dual certified New York State school teacher in elementary education and special education. Additionally, I am certified by the Department of Heath as an Early Intervention Provider working with children identified with developmental delays. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Childhood Education from Queens College and attended the State University at Albany for my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Our local synagogue that we joined over 18 years ago and where my three sons also received their Jewish Education remains a constant in our lives and the lives of our community.   

As excited as I am to begin my journey here at The Chai Center, it is important to mention how although most things will remain the same, some things are going to look a little different this year. We have spent many hours planning for accommodations as dictated by the COVID 19 pandemic, first and foremost the well-being of students, families and staff during these unique and challenging times. 

The Chai Center has always strived to be a place of comfort. Now more than ever before the children need to feel safe here, both literally and figuratively. The Chai Center will be providing safety protocols as instructed by the CDC, Department of Health and The Office of Child and Family Services. However, we will also be overstocked with a supply of emotional support, as well. We hope your children enter the doors of school in September and consider the entire building to be one great big giant hug! A stress-free zone and a symbol of security is exactly what we all need right now, especially the children. Children learn most effectively when they are feeling safe and connected. We intend to make every child feel that way each and every day.
As director, I intend to collaborate closely with the teaching staff, offering leadership and guidance, while continuing the effort that has already been established here, incorporating art, play and hands on learning through the natural world. I also hope to establish some new and exciting classes and workshops. Most of all, I look forward to building relationships with families, sharing ideas and creating a friendly welcoming environment for everyone. Communication and parent involvement are extremely important to me. My door is always open!
It is going to be a wonderful school year!

Paulyne Weiss, MS Ed.

Preschool Director, The Chai Center

» 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 [email protected]

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.