Temple Israel of New Rochelle plans to provide a unique model for early childhood education. Initiating its new Kehillah School for Early Learning this fall, it will offer the only Jewish early childhood program in either Westchester or Manhattan with the option of full-day, year-round education, it was announced by Senior Rabbi Scott B. Weiner. Registration is already underway for the September 12 start date.
This Reform Jewish community, which has been providing partial-day schooling for young children for more than 30 years, is now expanding the school to accommodate the needs of full-time working parents, while still catering to families wanting shorter school days for their children. Parents can enroll their children in Kehillah for partial or full days between the hours of 7AM to 7PM, for up to 12 months a year. Families have the opportunity to enroll six week old infants and children up to six years of age in this expanded program, so that siblings can be cared for and educated together under one roof. A rolling admissions policy will enable parents to enroll their children throughout the year.
In partnership with Bright Horizons Family Solutions, which has experience managing over 700 full-time early education centers both nationwide and abroad, Temple Israel of New Rochelle will continue to own and operate the school within the context of Judaism incorporating an integrated curriculum for children of all backgrounds. Under the leadership of its experienced director, Nancy Bossov, it will be enhanced with the substantially broadened resources. proven operational ingenuity, support and high standards for which Bright Horizons Family Solutions is known.
Major renovations are underway in the Temple’s early childhood school wing for Kehillah’s new state-of-the-art facility. $1.6 million has been invested to support the changed format.
Kehillah, which means “community,” is a school in which children of diverse backgrounds will be brought together to learn values and explore their shared world, Bossov explained. Temple Israel’s early childhood program is founded upon widely respected teachings. It promotes development in a nurturing and stimulating play-based program that encourages creativity, decision-making and problem solving skills, spiritual growth, and a joy of learning. The spirituality and ethical code that are intrinsic to this program are developmentally appropriate for children and families of any faith, she pointed out. The program’s Judaic elements include educational and culturally-based events held throughout the year, as well as intergenerational activities, Tzedakah and Mitzvah programs that foster the early development of Jewish values of community, giving, and Tikun Olam (making the world a better place).
Temple Israel of New Rochelle is located at 1000 Pinebrook Blvd. For more information, call Nancy Bossov at (914) 235-1800 ext. 227 or write to ECP@TINR.ORG.