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Nursery School Registration is Now Open

Many of our classes are filling up!  Please contact our Nursery School Director, Naomi Elyachar to inquire about openings and for more information

Register now for CSI Nursery School for the 2022-23 school year!

Nursery School

Making child at a time!

CSI Nursery School is proud to be the recipient of the 2020 METNY Solomon Schechter Gold award in the Early Childhood category for our unique, creative, and dynamic school program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(View the tentative Nursery School Calendar)

Nursery School Director

Naomi Elyachar joined CSI as the Nursery School Director in 2020. She began her teaching career as an early childhood educator at private schools in Manhattan and developed and ran summer enrichment programs. Most recently, Naomi served as the Assistant Director at Sprout Westchester Day Camp. She combines her passions of educating young children, fostering community, and creating experiences to instill and teach Jewish values and traditions in her current role as the Nursery School Director. Naomi received her B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis and M. Ed. in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Touro College. Naomi is a member of many Jewish organizations in the area, including the Jewish Education Project and is a founding board member of the UJA-Federation Roots network. Naomi lives in Briarcliff Manor with her husband Justin and their three beautiful children, Reese, Kylie, and Jordy.

Email Naomi Elyachar | CSI OFFICE: (914) 762 - 2700

School Philosophy

CSI Nursery School is a nurturing and supportive environment where young children can learn, grow, and thrive. Our school focuses on the development of the whole child and meets the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs of each individual student. We recognize the uniqueness of each child and provide a variety of activities and experiences to engage all. CSI Nursery School helps children develop their connection to Judaism through an understanding of Jewish holidays and values while making all members of our school community feel included and welcome. We partner together with families to foster a sense of community and create meaningful home-school connections.

Program Information

CSI Nursery School offers a safe environment for children to learn, play, and explore. Children learn school routines and the structure of a typical school day as they become part of a classroom community. Our highly experienced teachers create a balance of structured activities and open-ended creative play time while providing the scaffolding our students need to grow and succeed. Children engage in a variety of experiences that promote cross-curricular development—fine motor (small muscle, pre-writing skills), gross motor (large muscle, active play), creative, imaginative play, literacy, science, and early math skills. Classroom choices always offer a balance of small and large group activities. Classes spend time playing outside every day—on our playground, at our on-site farm, or in one of our other outdoor classroom spaces.  Our school program runs from 9:00-11:55 a.m.  

Jewish Curriculum

Learning about Jewish holidays and traditions is a central component of CSI Nursery School. Classes learn about Jewish holidays through explorative curriculum, stories, art, and music. We gather together as a school community every Friday morning to celebrate Shabbat. Singing and being together is always a favorite part of the week!

Teaching Jewish values happens every day at school. We focus on values that are universal and meaningful to all—kindness, helping those in need, inclusion and diversity, and gratitude. These values are woven into everyday experiences and also taught overtly in our classes. We teach our children about the value of giving to others, tzedakah, and create meaningful hands-on experiences for our children to give back.

Parent Testimonials

“What a tremendous job CSI has done in moving everything outside [in response to COVID-19] and just being so all around thoughtful, flexible, and caring...This is an amazing experience for my kids!”—Rita

“We feel very fortunate to have found such an amazing preschool and community at CSI. When we moved to Briarcliff several years ago, we enrolled my then 3 year old in the 3’s program and immediately felt like a part of the CSI family. His experience at CSI set him up for success both academically and socially and he is currently excelling in elementary school. My younger son started CSI in the almost 2’s and is now in the 4’s. I cannot imagine sending my kids anywhere else. The director (Naomi) is approachable, responsible, and truly cares for the well-being of every child at the school. All of the teachers are fantastic and it is obvious that they are all doing what they love to do. The staff and teachers together have been incredible in fostering a positive, safe and fun learning environment for the children while also involving the parents through frequent communication and activities. Even as our children graduate CSI nursery school, we will continue to foster the friendships that our entire family has made through the years.”—Jessica and Evan Harris

“Every day when we pick Caliana up [from school] the first thing she says is, ‘I had so much fun!’ When we drop her off [at school], she ‘plays’ all morning with [her teachers] and her friends all the while picking up new skills and knowledge. In her eyes, she is just ‘having so much fun’ but really you guys are teaching her invaluable skills and tools that she will keep forever."—Jenn

COVID-19 Protocols

  • Our staff is fully vaccinated.
  • We have small, self-contained classes that do not mix or share spaces with other classes.
  • We spend an hour to an hour and a half outdoors each morning. Each class has its own outdoor classroom and outdoor gross motor space in addition to a large indoor classroom.
  • We make sure everyone is well enough to be attending school each morning.
  • We require masks to be worn inside by all (including vaccinated adults).  We understand that this is a skill young children are still learning and that this will take time.  At this time, masks are not required outdoors.
  • We practice frequent hand hygiene.
  • Students and staff members are asked to stay home when ill or after a possible exposure. Open communication this year between our teachers, families, and school director have been a key component to staying safe at school.
  • Classrooms and materials are sanitized daily.
  • We frequently consult with a medical consultant and expert in the infectious disease field.
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