Preschool

Kane Street Early Childhood and Family Life Center

Kane Street Kids

In September 2005, Kane Street Synagogue opened the first Conservative Jewish pre-school serving the Downtown Brooklyn area. Kane Street Kids is licensed by the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and provides students between the ages of two and five years, with the very highest quality Jewish pre-school education.

Our goal at Kane Street Kids is to promote the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual growth of children within a comfortable, progressive Jewish environment. We warmly welcome families of all religions and religious approaches, as long as they are open to the practice of Jewish customs and traditions in the classroom. We regularly receive thanks and appreciation from parents.

Daily classroom schedules reflect a balance between structure and independent choice. Our experienced, Master teachers establish familiar routines that include many opportunities for each child to learn and explore individually, in small groups and as a class.

To further enrich our program, specialists in Music, Sports, Gymnastics and Conversational Hebrew, visit the school weekly.
To reach Preschool Director Peggy Geller, please call 718-875-1550 x 101 or e-mail peggy@kanestreet.org

Days and Hours

For Young Twos (May – August birthdays): 2 mornings 9 AM until noon, Tuesday & Thursday.
For Older Twos (January – April birthdays): 3 mornings 9 AM until noon, Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
8 AM drop off for an additional fee. (Children must turn two prior to September to be admitted)

For Threes born in 2011, 5 mornings, 9 AM – noon, Monday through Friday. Optional, 8 AM drop off and extension until 2 or 4 PM for additional fees.

For Pre-K (fours turning five): 9 AM until 2 PM daily.
Optional, 8 AM drop off and extended day from 2 – 4 PM for additional fees.

Kane Street Kids Calendar, 2014 – 15

Please note:
School will dismiss at 2:00 PM on Fridays throughout the school year. The preschool is not open on Jewish holidays.

To Apply

Small group tours will begin in October on Monday & Wednesday mornings. Please call or e-mail for an appointment. Applications for September admission are due by the second week of January. Notifications of acceptance will be mailed out by the first week of March. We are happy to consider applications after that point if there is space available. Per the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, children must be turning two prior to September 30 of any given year, in order to attend our pre-school.
Download the 2015 – 2016 Application

Summer Day Camp

Our summer program runs from Wednesday, June 25, 2014 through Thursday, July 31, 2014. We will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014. The camp day is from 9 am until 3 pm or 9 am until noon, and serves children between the ages of 2.5 and 6 years. Activities are led by our year-round KSK Teachers and outside specialists in each field that include: sports, music, literature, gymnastics, martial arts, arts & crafts, and supervised walking trips and free play. Parents, please click here to read a letter from our director about our Summer Program. To apply please download the application.

About our Director

Peggy Geller joined Kane Street Kids as Director in September 2010, bringing with her over thirty years’ experience in early childhood education. Before coming to Kane Street, Peggy served for twelve years as Director of the Sephardic Community Center’s Playcare Center at Brooklyn College, where she oversaw a licensed preschool program for children ages two through five. She also directed the SCC’s summer, Sunday and vacation programs, and wrote grants for and supervised their Universal Pre-K program. Prior to her time at the SCC, Peggy served as Teacher/Director at Manhattan’s 74th Street Magic preschool, and Director of Children’s Services at the Grand Street Settlement.

Peggy plays both piano and guitar, skills she brings into the classroom to share with students. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Art Education and Masters Degrees in Art History and Education, all from Hofstra University, with core education courses taken at Bank Street. She meets all City and State requirements necessary to lead our preschool.

Kane Street Kids Committee

Our KSK Committee is comprised of 8 volunteer professionals who meet monthly and work with the Pre-school Director, towards the continued growth, enrichment and enhancement of the Kane Street Kids educational program offerings. The Committee Chair, Mary Pender Coplan, can be reached at mary.pender@earthlink.net.
Rebecca Cohen
Adam Lichtman
Karen Luks
Chava Ortner
Penny Owen
Mary Pender-Coplan (chair) mary.pender@earthlink.net
David Silberman

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