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Early Childhood Education at JCCMW

During their nursery school years, children learn the basics of language, physical skills, and social interactions. At our nursery schools, our trained, caring staff helps your child achieve healthy physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth.

At JCCMW, we are proud to offer our original nursery school at our main site in Scarsdale, a new satellite site in White Plains, and Universal Pre-K for New Rochelle residents.

We are welcoming and genuinely inclusive. Working parents, stay-at-home parents, nannies, and multicultural and multiracial families will feel like a part of our family.

Students sing, dance, color, build, and explore as they develop age-appropriate knowledge that prepares them for kindergarten.

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Meet Our Directors

JCCMW Nursery School at Scarsdale Director

Caryn Symons, MSEd​


In addition to 12 years as a teacher of all ages at the JCCMW Nursery School at Scarsdale, Caryn was a head counselor at Camp Gadol for four years before becoming summer camps director in 2010 and nursery school director in 2015.

She brings a love of children and her own brand of creativity, enthusiasm, and community spirit that enriches each child’s experience. Caryn received her master's in Education from Queens College and was an award-winning high-school guidance counselor before raising her two sons, who are both alumni of the JCCMW Nursery School at Scarsdale and Summer Days at the J camp.


JCCMW Nursery School at White Plains Director

Deborah Cohen-Bahl, MS


Debbie brings to the JCCMW a strong background in and deep passion for early and special education. She formerly worked as a preschool teacher at the Community Synagogue of Rye. She also served as a program coordinator at Camp Canadensis in Pennsylvania and taught at the Stephen Gaynor School, an independent, private school in Manhattan for children with special needs. Debbie holds a bachelor’s in Psychology from the Ohio State University and an MS in Special Education from Hunter College.

A strong proponent of learning through play, Debbie advocates for hands-on, messy, sensory-based fun, and educational philosophies that meet the needs of different types of learners. She is thrilled to be part of the founding team at the JCCMW Nursery School at White Plains.

Debbie Cohen-Bahl Headshot - Camp Director (additional role..)

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