Welcome to Kol Ami’s Early Childhood Program. Our Early Childhood Program is dedicated to providing a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum while teaching and modeling Jewish values. We focus on encouraging pride in oneself as an individual and as an important member of the Jewish people.
Children learn best through play and experimentation. Our Early Childhood Program provides opportunities for these learning experiences within a warm, accepting, and nurturing environment. We recognize and respect each child’s unique qualities and strive to foster their growth and development in all aspects; cognitive, physical, social, and emotional. Through rich and welcoming surroundings, complemented with consistent routines and exploratory play opportunities, we inspire children to grow at their own pace, realizing their full potential.
Our staff of professional educators are selected for their experience, warmth, and understanding of young children. All of our teachers are required to enroll in workshops and conferences to remain up-to-date with current child development and teaching beliefs and practices. We are licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and are active participants in the Jewish Education Project, the Jewish Early Childhood Association and the Westchester Association for the Education of Young Children and the Early Childhood Educators of the Union for Reform Judaism. We are part of the vibrant Reform Jewish community at Congregation Kol Ami. Our Early Childhood Program is run by Nan Blank, Director and Rabbi Shira Milgrom, and Rabbi Tom Weiner, along with Cantor David Rosen, adds a depth and richness to our program.
For Toddlers and Their Parent or Caregiver
First Friends meets Tuesdays from 10:00-11:15am, October through January and then again from January through May.
Warm and Nurturing
2’s school day runs from 9:00-11:45am,
September through June.
2-Day 2’s: Wednesday, and Thursday
3-Day 2’s: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
4-Day 2’s: Tuesday-Friday
5-Day 2’s: Monday-Friday
4’s Morning & Full-Day Programs
Providing Enriching Curriculum
Morning 4’s meet Monday-Friday mornings from 9:00-12:00pm with a lunch option on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday until 1:00pm, September through June.
Full Day 4’s meet Monday-Wednesday
9:00-2:30pm, and Thursday and Friday until 12:00pm.
An Environment for Learning and Play
Our 3’s school day runs from 9:00-12:00pm September through June.
3-Day 3’s: Wednesdays until 1:00pm,
Thursday and Friday from 9:00-12:00pm
4-Day 3’s: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00-12:00pm, Wednesdays until 1:00pm
5-Day 3’s: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday until 12:00pm, Wednesday until 1:00pm
Afternoon Enrichment Programs
2’s Lunch Bunch
My Grownup and Me!
A parent (or caregiver) comes back to school at 11:30 (11:45 beginning in January) and stays an additional hour for lunch and a fun-filled activity. Enrichment opportunities include: Young at Art, Toddler Songtime, and Topsy Turvy Yoga.
Classes meet in two 15 week semesters
Tuesday-Thursday, from October–June
3’s and 4’s Lunch Bunch
On our lunch bunch afternoons, our 3’s and 4’s stay and enjoy eating lunch with their friends and engaging in a wide range of interesting activities. Enrichment opportunities include: Art, Hip Hop, Karate, Soccer, Leap into Literacy, and Spanish Immersion.
Classes meet from 12:00-2:00pm in two 15-week semesters Monday-Thursday, September through June.
Stay ‘Til 4 for More!
4’s and Pre-K’s can enjoy even more of their day at Kol Ami. Enrichment opportunities include Marvelous Math, Mad Science, Magic with The Great Charlini, Lego Building, Spanish Immersion and The Road to Broadway. Stay ‘til 4 for More! meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 2:30-4:00pm in two 15 week semesters from September through June.
A Step-Ahead! Pre-K
Kindergarten Readiness Program
Designed especially for children turning 5 in the Fall. Created with your child in mind, A Step Ahead! is expertly designed to bridge the gap for some students to have another year before Kindergarten.
A Step Ahead! meets Monday-Thursday from 9:00-2:30pm and Fridays from 9:00-12:00pm, September through June.
SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM
Indoor and Outdoor Play
A 6-Week Summer Program for children entering 2’s, 3’s and 4’s.
Our programs includes outdoor water play, daily specialists, weekly themes and air-conditioned indoor play. Camp hours vary by age group.
Read our camp brochure
Schedule A Visit
Come see for yourself! Nothing takes the place of a personal visit. Come feel the warm sense of community that is the hallmark of the Early Childhood Program of Congregation Kol Ami. If you would like more information and want to apply to one of our programs, we welcome you to come and visit with us. Call our Director, Nan Blank at 914-949-4717 x107 or fill out our online request form to schedule a mutually convenient time when you can come in and visit us. You will meet our staff and observe firsthand the programs that will nurture your child and begin their journey into the world of school and community.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Early Childhood Program.