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UPDATED JANUARY 2015: Consult our guide to find schools and education programs in Rockland, whether it be preschools, private schools, public schools, tutors, teachers, educational programs or learning programs in Rockland County, including Tapan Nyack, and Haverstraw, and also find preschools, public or private schools, and academic programs for kids in the neighborhood.

Educational Services 

CANTOR BARBRA LIEBERSTEIN'S JEWISH LIFECYCLES
201-788-6653
Email cantorbarbra@aol.com

Cantor Barbra is an ordained cantor with more than 12 years of pulpit experience. She tutors bar and bat mitzvah students in the convenience of their homes, as well as small groups. Every student learns about the Jewish culture, history, life cycles, and bible studies, in addition to reading Hebrew and chanting prayers. The students participate in community service, Holocaust studies, and Havdalah services to mark the end of the Sabbath. Cantor Barbra also officiates at bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies, Baby Namings, and weddings.

THE GREER CENTER FOR LEARNING 
19 Orangetown Shopping Center, Orangeburg
845-745-1786

The Greer Center for Learning is an elementary tutoring center working with children on Kindergarten through sixth grade academic skills. We believe that all students are entitled to the best instruction possible. Each child is an individual with unique talents to be enriched, and also various obstacles to overcome. Our goal is to instill a love of learning, teach academic literacy and instruct for productive language and problem solving skills that children can use and build on throughout their entire academic careers.

Preschools 

BRIGHT BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL & CHILDCARE
6 Charles St., New City
914-420-5785
2 Mountainview Court, Pomona
Email jame163@aol.com

We provide a safe and loving environment that is accredited by the National Association for Family Childcare Accreditation (NAFCC). We offer two great locations to meet your pre-school and childcare needs for children ages 2 to school age. Owned and operated by a NYS-certified elementary teacher with a literacy specialization, we also offer before- and after-school programs, as well as a drop-in program for school delays and closures. We will work with your schedule, and offer discounted rates for teachers! We are a NYS-licensed facility and follow a full NYS Pre-K curriculum. All staff is CPR- and first-aid certified.

DEBORAH KOENIG EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER AT JCC ROCKLAND
450 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack
845-362-4400 x103
Email dkecc@jccrockland.org

Now accepting infants (6 weeks to pre-K). The Deborah Koenig Early Childhood Center is committed to providing excellent care and education to our diverse and rich community in Rockland County. We believe that our children are precious, and we are here to support your efforts to provide them with a bright start. We partner with our families to encourage creativity, curiosity, and imagination, and to build trusting relationships. Our mission is the same as yours—for your child to grow and develop in an environment that is safe, warm, and stimulating. Limited space available.

THE JEWISH PRESCHOOL OF THE NYACKS 
300 N. Broadway, Nyack
845-358-3767
Email csioffice@optonline.net

The Jewish Preschool of the Nyacks Congregation Sons of Israel Hebrew School 300 N. Broadway Upper Nyack 845-358-3767 csinyack.org csioffice@optonline.net JPN provides a safe, developmentally appropriate, nurturing environment through music, play, gym time, socialization skills, math skills, Hebrew enrichment, stories, and creative hands-on-experiences. Our collaborative approach teaches learning by example, tolerance, respect for all, and a true sense of community. Our Camp Program (ages 2-4) takes the values from our preschool and brings them outside with fun water activities, art, sports, and more. Congregation Sons of Israel Hebrew School offers a unique, vibrant, student-centered learning environment in which young minds can grow. Our small class sizes allow teachers the opportunity to get to know students on an individual basis, forming connections that launch a love of Judaic learning.

KREATIVE KIDS
61 Maple Ave., New City
845-634-2202
Email vickisstudio@gmail.com 

Kreative Kids is a toddler and nursery program for boys and girls ages 16 months to 4 years (diapers welcomed!). Classes are divided by age. We offer arts and crafts, music with instruments, singing, creative movement, tumbling, story time, snack time, early learning skills, and lots more. Our professional staff balances active and quiet activities, as they provide comfort and love to each child, making separating from parents easy. Classes are kept small to provide individualized attention.

NAURAUSHAUN NURSERY SCHOOL
51 Sickletown Road, Pearl River
845-735-4787

Our goal is to make available to the community a not-for-profit, cooperative nursery school, which will educate preschool children and involve parents in their education. Children are encouraged to develop a positive self-image in relation to themselves, their peers, and adults by interacting in classrooms carefully designed for each age level. Each class follows a daily routine that includes circle time, arts and crafts, story time, music, snack time, and indoor and outdoor play that enhances the development of the whole child.

NEW CITY JEWISH CENTER NURSERY & RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
47 Old Schoolhouse Road, New City
845-638-9600
New City Jewish Center Early Childhood Camp Program

The NCJC Early Childhood Center is proud to be a New York state-accredited nursery school, instilling a love of learning and Jewish life from the earliest stages of your child's education. Our programs include everything from Mommy and Me to pre-K, guiding your child through the critical developmental stages of early childhood. We also incorporate programs such as yoga, sports, music, and Hebrew Through Movement into our curriculum. New! Starting Sept. 2015, we will be offering after-care from 2:30-5:30pm, in addition to our 8am early drop-off.

RISING STARS DAY CARE
845-243-7995
Email dmontalvo717@gmail.com

Ongoing enrollment. Low child-to-teacher ratio insures individual attention for your child. We offer structured indoor and outdoor play in a safe and loving environment. Our well-rounded curriculum includes letters, numbers, shapes, colors, math, circle time, crafts, story time, music, and games. Personal summary sheets are emailed home daily so you can see how your child’s day went. Full- or part-time schedules for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. (6 weeks to 12 years). Extended hours are available. Police, fire, and military discounts. Contact Miss Danielle for more information.

THE ROCKLAND COUNTY YMCA 
18 Parkside Drive, Suffern
845-357-3223 
Y's Beginnings Toddler & Pre-School Camp

The Rockland County YMCA provides an active, engaging childcare program at an affordable price. Our staff of caring professionals provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to encourage each child to grow and develop self-esteem, build social skills, incorporate the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, and acquire a lifelong love of learning. Morning/afternoon sessions for children (ages 18 months to 5 years) in Suffern, and children ages 3-5 years in Sloatsburg. NYS Universal Pre K is offered.

Private Schools

BLUE ROCK SCHOOL
110 Demarest Mill Road, West Nyack
845-627-0234 

Blue Rock School is the Lower Hudson Valley’s only progressive school, serving students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. We offer a unique educational experience based on a hands-on and holistic approach that nurtures children's innate love of learning, enabling them to follow their own natural curiosity and develop as independent thinkers. At Blue Rock, class sizes are small and students engage in a challenging and creative academic curriculum which is infused with the arts, nature, and play. Winter Information Session: Jan. 24 at 10am. Registration required.

GREEN MEADOW WALDORF SCHOOL
307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge 
845-356-2514

Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge offers Parent & Child classes for babies and toddlers up to age 3, serves children from nursery-12th grade, and also runs popular summer programs. Founded in 1950, we are one of the oldest, largest Waldorf schools in the U.S., with about 350 students. Green Meadow students go on to top colleges, fulfilling careers, and are known for their resilience and creativity. Visit gmws.org to see how we are transforming education.

SADDLE RIVER DAY SCHOOL
147 Chestnut Ridge Road, Saddle River
201-327-4050

Founded in 1957, Saddle River Day School is an NAIS/NJAIS-accredited, coed, college-prep day school enrolling approximately 325 students in grades K-12. A 7-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio provides personalized attention for every student in a challenging academic environment. The school embraces core values of responsibility, honesty, compassion, and respect. The beautiful 26-acre campus offers two gyms, two media and library centers, technology lab, performing arts center, and three fully equipped art and graphic art studios. Recent graduates are attending Boston College, Brown, Bucknell, Colgate, Cornell, Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, Tufts, and U Penn.

YOUNG WORLD DAY SCHOOL
585 Wyckoff Ave., Mahwah
201-327-3888

Young World Day School provides a safe, nurturing environment where ordinary kids do extraordinary things. An experienced staff utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to learning using individualized instruction, cooperative learning, and small group instruction. The school includes a traditional preschool, beginning with a two-year-old program, a Montessori school for ages 2.9-5, and a transitional or traditional Kindergarten, all with low pupil-to-teacher ratios. The primary school for grades first-fifth is comprised of small, mixed-age classrooms providing individualized instruction so students learn at a rate appropriate to their ability. Morning and afternoon extended care available.

Religious Schools 

BETH AM TEMPLE
60 E. Madison Ave., Pearl River
845-735-5858

From Rabbi Dan Pernick to Cantor Marcy Kadin to principal Barry Shainker, Beth Am Temple offers caring and professional leadership, trained at Reform Judaism’s seminary, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. With over 200 families and almost 100 students, we are large enough to provide a full range of programming, yet small enough to ensure that your child receives individualized, quality attention. Our K-12 religious school, youth groups, special needs classes, relaxed style, and more make Beth Am Temple the right choice for your Jewish child(ren) and your family.

CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
384 New Hempstead Road, New City
845-634-7977

We are an independent, evangelical, elementary school (Kindergarten through eighth grade) serving the local Christian community since 1984. We want our students to have the awareness that they’re very significant individuals, each one very special to God, each one marked by Our Lord for His purpose. Our certified teachers integrate a biblical worldview throughout the curriculum, thereby impacting every aspect of knowledge and learning. The small class size allows for more individualized academic instruction. Our kindergarten program is full-day. Bus transportation available throughout Rockland. We’re a ministry of Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship.

ROCKLAND JEWISH ACADEMY
450 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack
845-627-0010
Contact: Judy Klein, x104

Rockland Jewish Academy is a community Jewish day school: independent, inclusive, and welcoming to families in all streams of Judaism. RJA provides Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Bergen county children, early childhood (ages 3-4) through fifth grade, an enriched education, integrating academic excellence with Judaic literacy and second language acquisition, and promoting a strong Jewish identity in a safe and nurturing setting. RJA children thrive in our stimulating learning environment that celebrates each of their talents and gifts, with the differentiation and personal attention that encourages their social, emotional, and spiritual growth.

Special Education

ILENE WEISS
845-267-6720
Email prizeteacher@gmail.com

Ilene Weiss was a chairperson of the Committee of Special Education, and is a NYS-certified teacher with more than 30 years of experience working with children with disabilities. Ilene consults and advocates for parents of children with special needs, and tutors children who are struggling in reading and literacy using a multi-sensory approach. Ilene works with Fletcher's Place Reading Program to improve reading instruction and help struggling readers. Ilene has completed teacher trainings in NYC, Newark, NJ, and Miami, FL.

 


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