SCHA Preschool provides your child with a stimulating, joyful and enriching educational experience in a nurturing and loving environment.

ACADEMIC PHILOSOPHY

The uniqueness of every child is underscored with the axiom “Chanoch L’Na’ar Al Pi Darko” ~ “Educate your child according to his/her way.” Our teachers recognize that each child has his or her own unique needs, interests, and passions. Hence, our teachers prepare their lessons following Dr. Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, which enables each child to learn, explore, and discover in ways harmonious to his or her own unique mind. By tapping into each child’s individual talents, we build upon each child’s strengths.

Our Jewish values drive the curriculum, environment, and school culture. We model and encourage kindness, respect, compassion, confidence, and responsibility. Judaism teaches that the formative years of early childhood are vitally important. A child is viewed as a seed that we nurture with the utmost care, since the child's every experience will shape and color the quality of his or her matured self.

Our Mission

The Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy Preschool’s mission is:

To nourish your child’s heart and mind as we develop cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills.

To encourage self-confidence and individuality by helping young children to enhance their learning and socializing abilities.

To soften the transition from home to the outside world by providing a physically and emotionally safe, stable, and nurturing environment.

To foster enthusiasm for learning and to encourage each child’s natural creativity and curiosity.

To provide a curriculum geared to the different and developing interests of each child.

To increase language development, positive social interaction, and readiness skills.

To encourage a sense of responsibility and accountability.

To provide a setting rich in materials and resources, a caring and highly qualified staff, a developmentally-appropriate program, and activities that are both teacher-guided and child-initiated.

To provide rich and meaningful Jewish content, including Jewish holidays, music, traditions, and the Hebrew alphabet and language.

To enhance the learning experiences with enrichment classes such as music, gym, library, baking, and art.

To communicate to parents the philosophy, goals, and program of the SCHA Preschool and to provide opportunities for parent involvement and education.

To enrich school experiences by using community resources and outside professionals in the field of early childhood education.

 

TUITION

Building Fund Commitment

Each family is responsible for $1,500 for the SCHA Building Fund. If the full amount is not received by December 31, of the current school year, the remaining amount will be billed through the FACTS Tuition Management & Payment Processing System.
 

Registration Contract
 

  • The Registration Fee of $300, (non-refundable) for each student must accompany each application.

  • All pupils are accepted on the basis of a ten-month school year as defined by the Board of Admissions. No exceptions to this rule may be made.

  • The non-refundable registration fee and completed registration forms reserve a space for each child. Upon notice of financial commitment, a meeting will be held with the business office to sign the financial contract.
     

Financial Aid
 

Financial Aid is provided on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Business Office for information.

Click here to apply for Financial Aid.

 

Families may be eligible for Financial Aid through the Connecticut Care 4 Kids Program. Click on the logo to be connected to their website.
 

Payment Method

 

Tuition payments are made through FACTS Tuition Management & Payment Processing System. You can set up your account during your registration meeting with the business office or directly at their website by clicking on their logo.

MORNINGS
8:15 - 12:30

$6,200

$32 x # days per week x 42 weeks 
(Lunch included)

AFTERNOONS
12:30 - 3:45

$5,500

$28 x # days per week x 42 weeks

FULL DAY
8:15 - 3:45

$11,000

$53 x # days per week x 42 weeks

BUILDING FUND

$1,500

 Per family

 

CURRICULUM

Our comprehensive and developmentally appropriate program is designed to promote each child's intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth throughout a child’s early childhood years. Our program is designed with each specific age in mind: Early Toddlers, Toddlers, Nursery 3, and Pre-K. Games, play and activities are skill-based and goal oriented, so that the children are growing with everything that they do.
The SCHA Preschool recognizes that every child has unique learning styles and play interests. With this in mind, we provide a differentiated curriculum that is adapted for each child.

Early Toddlers


The first few years of your child’s life is a period during which learning takes place at an accelerated pace. We provide the sense of security and loving care that toddlers need to thrive during this stage of intense learning. Activities are designed to encourage development of all aspects of a child’s life – physical, social, emotional, and cognitive. Our children learn and explore through active play, hands-on and sensory experiences. Since toddlers are especially committed to achieving independence, our teachers provide responsive individual attention as your child deals with positive experiences, as well as frustration, in a patient and nurturing environment.




Toddlers


Toddlers are rapidly developing their skills in the areas of motor control, language and symbolic thinking. They are discovering a world that is filled with wonder and excitement. Toddlers love to be on the move and to explore. Our program is designed so that the children learn about everyday life throughout the day following a routine which is consistent, predictable, yet also flexible to meet the needs of the children. Our Toddlers program challenges the total child: physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. The curriculum is an integrated curriculum, a seamless weave, combining thematic units with language, literature, art, dramatic play, music, math concepts and Jewish holidays. Children will be able to test their own skills by engaging in both child initiated and teacher directed activities. Independence skills and self-esteem are key factors in success at this stage. The play opportunities and activities presented lay the foundation for future learning.




Nursery 3


3 year old children are growing from being dependent toddlers to a more independent preschooler. The children are discovering a world that is filled with wonder and excitement. Our program will prepare your child with life skills by offering a variety of learning and play centers. The centers will challenge the total child: physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. The curriculum is an integrated curriculum, a seamless weave, combining thematic units with language, literature, art, drama, music, math, science, and Jewish holidays. Children will be able to test their own skills by engaging in both child initiated and teacher directed activities. Independence skills and self-esteem are key factors in success at this stage. The play opportunities and activities presented lay the foundation for future learning.




Pre-K


Pre-K children are now beginning to appreciate the various accumulated skills and knowledge, and are excited to apply it in their own learning experiences and environment. Our Pre-K children are now becoming prepared for future success in their coming school years.
Integrated Curriculum: Integrating mathematics, linguistics, sciences, topics of interest, Judaic Studies, Jewish Holidays, etc.
Spiraling Curriculum: Information and skills connected to and built upon previously learned material. Concepts introduced are continually reviewed and revisited.

Emergent Curriculum: Our curriculum allows children to pursue their own interests and fascinations in subjects. Children in our Pre-K program explore these concepts, but are not required to master them before entering Kindergarten. Children learn these concepts with encouragement and at their own pace. Children are taught with hands-on materials, songs, and games. They are assessed by observation and work samples.





For a detailed list of skills and benchmarks for each age group, please call the school to schedule an interview. 

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are there Part Time enrollment options?


We do offer Part-Time enrollment options, which include Half/Full Day options and enrolling your child for a couple of days a week. We will work together with parents to provide a schedule for what is best for each child.

  • There is a minimum enrollment requirement for our classes:
  • Toddlers: Minimum of 2 half days per week
  • Nursery 3: Minimum of 3 half days per week
  • Pre-K: Minimum of 3 half days per week




Is there an extra fee for the daily enrichment programs?


No. The fee for the Daily Enrichment Programs is included in the tuition. In the event that we arrange for a school field trip, there is a small fee to help cover the cost of the trip.




During the Winter months, are the children given opportunities for gross motor play?


Yes! Our Preschool has an Indoor Gym with various equipment which promotes gross motor and creative play. The Indoor Gym includes a trampoline, ball pit, tunnels, ride-on toys, book corner, ball hoppers, sensory walk and more!




Does the Preschool provide snacks and lunch?


Healthy dairy or parve snacks and lunch need to be sent in with your child for half-day students. The morning snack must include two different types of food (dairy such as a cheese stick, yogurt, or cottage cheese; fruit or vegetables; and carbohydrates such as chips, crackers, pretzels, or bread.) We provide an afternoon snack for full-day students.




Do you accommodate children with allergies?


Yes! In the event that a child has a particular food allergy, those foods will not be allowed in the classroom. The school nurse works with both teachers and parents to ensure a safe environment for every child.




Does my child need to be toilet trained?


We recognize that each child develops at a different pace; therefore we work with parents to encourage children to reach this milestone in a stress-free environment. The Toddlers classes do not require any stage of toilet training, though we are happy to assist with children that have begun the process. Children entering Nursery 3 must be in the process of toilet training, however, it will not be coerced.





 

PRESCHOOL HANDBOOK

 

ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

The SCHA Preschool offers many enrichment opportunities during school hours for all Preschool classes. In addition to our ongoing enrichment programs, special visitors are invited throughout the year to present a program or workshop to enhance what the children are learning, and to expose the children to various experiences that may interest them.

All of our enrichment classes are taught by professionals in each field and are held on site under the supervision of our own SCHA Preschool teaching staff. All classes follow a developmentally, child friendly philosophy and are positive enriching experiences for your child.

Some of our ongoing enrichment classes include:

  • Music Together

  • Music Musings

  • Full of Joy Yoga

  • Gym Class

  • Library Hour

  • Shabbat Sing Along

  • Challah Baking

  • Friday Shabbat Celebrations

  • Art Program

  • Ivrit B’Ivrit Music and Movement

  • Edible Creations/Baking

 

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