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Ktanim Preschool


The children at K'tanim Preschool follow a flexible daily schedule. The programs in all classes follow Judaic and Secular themes. There are also opportunities for the children to explore and enjoy the richness of our Jewish heritage, experienced through creative art, music, foods, and stories. Judaism is a way of life at K'tanim Preschool. Rabbi Kormis also joins the children on a regular basis in storytelling at holiday time, Shabbat celebrations or just stopping by to say hello.

Serving Play FoodOur preschool follows the Connecticut's Preschool Curriculum Framework. Our educational approach focuses on the four domains of development: personal and social, physical, cognitive and creative expression. We offer hands-on activities and age-appropriate materials that encourage creativity and self-expression. The preschool schedule includes opportunity for problem-solving experiences that help to formulate language development and sensory discrimination. There are indoor and outdoor physical activities, which will allow for fine and gross motor development. In the event of inclement weather, the children will be able to participate in gross motor activities in a large hall in the Synagogue.


  1. To teach social skills
  2. To help the children gain a deeper sense of their Jewish identity
  3. To accept children as individuals and help them develop to their fullest potential
  4. To understand and meet the developmental needs of each individual child
  5. To foster an excitement about school and learning
  6. To develop independence and self-confidence by building self-esteem
  7. To create an environment that encourages problem solving skills
  8. To understand limits and to learn self-discipline, learning to share and take turns
  9. To help them feel secure with adults and peers
  10. To express themselves in art, music, dramatic, and creative play
  11. To enhance both fine and gross motor skills


K'tanim Preschool maintains a very low student-teacher ratio in a warm and caring environment. All preschool staff are nurturing, experienced early childhood educators who each bring warmth, talent and dedication to our program. Our preschool staff participates in on going professional development and is certified in Pediatric First Aid and CPR and Administering Medications.

The Director of the preschool, Sheila May, has over 30 years experience as a preschool teacher and 17 years as a director. Sheila has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education and a Masters degree in Special Education.


Our fenced in preschool playground is away from the main road. We also have 24 hour building security. The outside doors are kept locked during preschool hours.


Shabbat With ParentPreschool Parents are always welcome in all preschool classes to observe, participate or to share a skill or special interest. Preschool Teachers maintain an open-door policy, encouraging parents to feel that they are an integral part of their child's first school experience. Parents also are welcome to help with special programs and drive and chaperone on field trips.

Preschool Parent meetings will be held every month. All preschool parents will be notified about the preschool meetings and are welcome to attend. It is a nice way to be part of decision making of policies for the preschool while getting to know other preschool parents. We will also have various parenting topics of interest to the preschool parents.


We spend a lot of time with your preschool children and take that responsibility very seriously. Preschool Parents and caregivers are always invited to visit our preschool classrooms or talk to our preschool staff about any concerns or ideas they may have.

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Congregation Beth El
1200 Fairfield Woods Rd Star of David Fairfield, CT 06825
Ph. 203-374-5544 Star of David Fax 203-374-4962