Nursery School for the Kids, A Community for You (dedicated)

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Preschool. You never thought you’d get here, but it’s time for your little one to go to school and you’re faced with the task of choosing the right one not only for your child, but for your whole family. Make no mistake, the teachers, administrators and other students in your preschool of choice will become like family. They’ll be right next to you, witnessing your child’s growth from chubby toddler with a tenuous grasp on their name to preschool graduate who can not only tell you their name but also spell it and tell you their address. So, not to scare you, but picking the right school is kinda important.

The Leonard and Syril Rubin Nursery School at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is everything you could want in a school plus lots of extras you didn’t know you needed. They are a child-centered preschool with a progressive curriculum. Children enjoy hands-on, experiential learning that develops their cognition, their social and emotional growth, their fine and gross motor skills and their reading and math readiness, all in a way that establishes a strong sense of self and accomplishment. With a small teacher-to-student ratio, the exceptional, passionate teachers are able to provide a warm, nurturing environment where children learn, grow and thrive. In addition to a challenging, developmentally appropriate curriculum, each child has the benefit of the amazing enrichment program that offers a variety of activities including art, music, gym, swim, cooking and activities that weave Jewish traditions, values, holidays and customs into the curriculum. And all of this is done in a one of a kind facility that features swimming pools, a teaching kitchen, two gymnasiums, three playgrounds and an indoor playroom for when the weather is bad.


The Nursery School collaborates with the senior department to provide the unique “Grandfriends” program, in which a senior is partnered with nursery school classes throughout the year. They also offer extended hours (7:30 am – 6:00 pm), an infant program for babies as young as 3 months, with a seamless transition to the toddler program, and half- or full day options.

Experience the Kaplen JCC Nursery School family for yourself! Please contact Elissa Yurowitz at or 201.408.1436 to schedule a tour.

The Leonard and Syril Rubin Nursery School at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
411 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly

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