What is the curriculum?

Since day one, Kehillah has provided a balance of general and Judaic curriculum. We continue to provide developmentally appropriate education through play and multi-sensory experiences. The curriculum is tailored to each child to foster social and intellectual growth, in combination with fine and gross motor skills. We are planning a more blended and integrated curriculum where learning happens across all skill sets.

What will it mean to be part of Temple Israel?  

Temple Israel has been part of Southern Westchester’s community since 1908. It is part of our foundation and mission to educate and foster core values for our youngest generation. The family/school connection is a critical component of our Kehillah program, as is the relationship with our Kehillah families and our greater community. We encourage you to have a voice in the education of your children as well as in the community of Temple Israel.

What happens if my child attends Camp Pinebrook for the summer?

We have many Kehillah children attending Camp Pinebrook this summer. Your child will not lose their spot in Kehillah if they attend Camp Pinebrook.

Can I visit my child at the center anytime I’d like to?

Yes, Kehillah Early School for Learning has an open door policy.  You would be encouraged to visit your child anytime. Please contact administration in advance due to Covid protocols.

Are you conducting health screening for those who are entering the center?

Yes, all employees, parents, and children will have to pass a daily health screening. The health screening is a series of COVID-19 related questions that pertain to the individual and their households.

What is your current COVID-19 center policy?

The health and well-being of our families and staff are our highest priorities. In the interest of limiting the opportunity for transmission to our vulnerable community, we are taking the following precautionary measures:

Your household must remain out of the center if any member of your household has (or has been in close contact with anyone who has):

(a)  A suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 (for example – close contact at school, work, religious service, social gathering); or

(b)  Traveled: internationally; or domestically, from any area which is the subject of travel restrictions under applicable state and local guidance.

10 days after the last potential exposure, your household may return provided these three things have happened:

(a)   At least 10 days have passed since any household member first experienced symptoms; and

(b)   Symptoms have improved for any household member that experienced symptoms (for example, cough or shortness of breath has improved); and

(c)    The household has been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

Please note, depending on the circumstances we may require you to obtain medical clearance before return to the center will be allowed.

Are all staff required to wear face coverings and gloves during the day?

Wearing masks is optional for faculty, except those that do not have a covid vaccine.

All Teachers wear gloves while undertaking disinfection activities, diaper changing, bathroom help, wiping noses, first aid, and cleaning. Staff also wear gloves for preparing and serving food.

Are children required or allowed to wear masks or face coverings while at the center?

Children ages 2 and up are required to wear face covering. Teachers will work with these children to become comfortable putting on, wearing, and taking off their face coverings. For more information about our center’s policy, please contact us.

How does the Kehillah School for Early Learning ensure cleanliness?

  • Both staff and children are frequently washing hands throughout the day, including when entering and leaving classrooms.
  • Food preparation surfaces, eating utensils, tables, highchairs, computer keyboards, mixed use surfaces, changing tables, and potties are all sanitized after each use by staff wearing gloves. Floors, diaper pails, countertops, sinks, fountains, door and cabinet handles, and plastic toys are all sanitized daily. Certain high-touch toys such as play-doh are not currently in use.
  • Sanitizing measures will also be applied to our playground equipment.