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



Welcome Back! I am thrilled to be continuing my journey here at The Chai Center as the Preschool Director. 


This past year has been a challenging one for all of us. When we opened our doors in September, we did not know what to expect. Now looking back, we can reflect on a wonderful year, filled with learning, fun and growth. We thank the parents and our community for following additional policies that allowed us to stay open and keep everyone safe. Thank you for trusting us with your precious children during this year of great uncertainty. I truly appreciated all the patience, encouragement, understanding, and flexibility that our Chai Center Preschool families gave us while we navigated together through this unusual year. 

The Chai Center Preschool provides a unique Jewish setting where children are consistently exposed to the traditions, values and joy of Judaism. Young children have a tremendous curiosity and capacity to learn. Our Reggio-Emilia inspired curriculum provides the perfect opportunity to embrace this passion and guide your child along on their educational and developmental journey. Each child’s uniqueness is valued and celebrated.

As the Director, I will continue to collaborate closely with our teachers, offering leadership and guidance with an emphasis on incorporating art and play based learning through the natural world.

I look forward to building relationships with families, sharing ideas, and creating a friendly and welcoming environment for everyone. Communication and parent involvement are extremely important to me. My door is always open! I look forward to the upcoming school year with you.

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.

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