JCCMW at White Plains

For our youngest learners

grow and play

Our Pre–Nursery School Programs

We created the Small Steps and Smaller Steps programs to meet the needs of the youngest members of our community. They are a great way to meet other local toddlers and caregivers. The programs are designed to promote socialization and play, which are key components of development. They include music, storytime, movement, playtime, and sensory-related experiences such as art, while enhancing social awareness and language development.

The Little Learners program introduces toddlers and caregivers to a simplified, pre–nursery school experience appropriate for the age level. This program helps the very young child learn to become part of a group. The teachers work closely with the children to provide an atmosphere that leads to a happy sep­aration, improved verbalization, a readiness for socialization, and a lot of fun. Their gentle support and encouragement are the foundation for a successful transition to nursery school.

All programs are at our White Plains location at 280 Old Mamaroneck Road.

Questions? Email Debbie Cohen Bahl, White Plains site director, at [email protected]

six to twelve months

Smaller Steps


For ages six to twelve months (with caregiver)

Each week, we will have a discussion geared towards relevant topics of parenthood.

Cost: $325 per session

Caregiver must be present for entire class.

Fall 2022

Thursdays 9:30–10:30 AM October 6–December 15 November 24

Winter 2023

Photo by Kasman
Thursdays 9:30–10:30 AM January 5–March 16 February 23

Spring 2023

Thursdays 9:30–10:30 AM March 23–June 1 April 6 and 13

twelve to eighteen months

Small Steps


For ages 12 to 18 months (with caregiver) 

Each week, we will have a discussion geared towards relevant topics of parenthood, plus a Shabbat celebration!


Cost: $325 per session

Caregiver must be present for entire class.

Fall 2022

Fridays 9:30–10:30 AM October 7–December 16 November 25
toddler playing toy

Winter 2023

Fridays 9:30–10:30 AM January 6–March 17 February 24

Spring 2023

Fridays 9:30–10:30 AM March 24–June 9 April 7 and 14, May 26

sixteen to twenty-four months

Little Learners


For ages 16–24 months

Mondays through Wednesdays, 9:30–11:15 AM

Cost: $4,500 ( for the full 2022–2033 school year)

The Little Learners class will begin with caregivers present for the whole class through December. The children will get accustomed to the daily routine, begin to feel comfortable with staff, and be introduced to specials, such as music and movement. As we move into the new year, caregivers and children will separate, and the teachers will continue to teach and enrich the children for the remainder of the year. Caregivers will be invited to join their child for the last 15 minutes of each class during playtime.

Children must be 16 months old by September 2022.

Fall 2022–Spring 2023

Mondays–Wednesdays 9:30–11:15 AM October 24–June 7 December 26–28, January 16 and 29, February 20–22, April 10–12
kai glue