Jewish Life and Values
We provide a nurturing environment where children are introduced to Jewish life and values in a vibrant and joyful way. These lessons are woven naturally through our units and our children eagerly anticipate holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Purim, and Passover and understand how to meaningfully and joyfully participate in each holiday.
At Chai, emphasis is placed on the individual child and encouraging each child's innate inquisitiveness and thirst for knowledge in a warm and nurturing atmosphere. Our goal is to nurture each child's personal journey towards social, emotional, and educational growth. Our teachers bring a unique blend of professional skills and personal experience to their classrooms and share a genuine passion for the care and education of our children.
Our curriculum is progressive and multi-sensory and includes Hebrew and English literacy, math, science, social studies, Jewish life and values, and the arts. The school is devoted to helping children learn socialization skills, building their self-confidence and teaching them the preliminary skills to explore and experience the world.
Loose Parts Play
A Reggio inspired element in our school is providing children with loose parts from nature and other found objects and no specific set of directions. This gives children endless ways to create and explore. These objects invite conversations and support innovation as children create masterpieces using their own creativity and imaginations.
Art Study Program
We explore works from famous artists such as Mondrian, Pollock, and Warhol, and create our own art inspired by their work.
Children learn about parts of plants, how to plant seeds, and tend to their gardens. They work together to create flower and herb gardens and watch the plants bloom.
Wearing safety goggles and gloves, children work with pieces of wood and learn safety rules and how tools are used to sand wood, bang in nails, and more.
Children start off by learning the history and types of cameras, and how cameras work. They first use a pretend camera to learn how to focus the lens on the image they want to capture. Then they use Polaroid and digital cameras to take pictures and their photographs are displayed on the walls with their names.
Music and Movement
A dance instructor from a local dance studio teaches children to express themselves through fun individual and group movement using music and props.
Social Skills Puppet Show Program
In our social skills program, puppets model social skills using scenarios from daily life. Children take turns using the puppets to role play the scenarios and then a book is created of pictures of the children using the puppets to demonstrate the skills.
Concentration on Early Literacy Skills
Our interactive literacy program uses animal characters and is fully kinesthetic and multi-sensorial. Children learn the letters quickly and in a playful, age appropriate way so that they are soon blending, spelling, and writing
Educational Field Trips
Children enjoy nature trips to local farms to learn about animals, how plants grow, and to pick their own fruit to bring home.
Bi-annual Child Evaluations
Each child is evaluated twice a year in the areas of social, communication, cognitive, gross and fine motor skills to ensure that he or she is reaching developmental milestones.
A newsletter with colored pictures goes home each week so that parents can feel a part of their child's experience in school.
Meals and Snacks Included
Fresh fruit every morning, catered lunches, snacks in the afternoon, and cereal and milk in early care, ensures that children are getting tasty and nutritious food.
Part and Full Time Options
Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or working full time, we have half day, full day, and early and after care options available to work with your schedule.
Hours and Ages
Open 7am-6pm (Friday times vary)
Ages 13 months (walkers) through 5 years