The Jewish Preschool of the Nyacks was accredited by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services in February. The action enables the preschool, housed at Congregation Sons of Israel in Upper Nyack, to accommodate 34 preschoolers and 12 toddlers for full-day programs.
Founded three years ago, the preschool began with three children and one teacher, and has grown to three classrooms, five teachers, and 17 students.
The school was praised by Rebecca Stiles, a preschool parent. “Our son has thrived at the Jewish Preschool of the Nyacks,” she said. “He loves going to school every day, interacting with his friends, and learning with his wonderful teachers. As parents, we love the small class sizes, the patient and talented teachers, and the opportunity to get to know other families in the community.”
Now a part-time program, the preschool plans to expand the number of students and instructional hours.
The program focuses on socialization, fine and gross motor skills, awareness of society, Jewish values, and academics. It includes music, yoga, Torah, occupational therapy, and Hebrew.
Congregation Sons of Israel is an egalitarian Conservative congregation of 200 families in the heart of the Nyack area, along the Hudson River.