skill + fun

Play with a Purpose

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

We help your child further develop self-awareness, confidence, and a sense of security.

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

Morning and Full-Day Options


Our “Play with a Purpose” Nursery School offers morning and full-day options for twos, threes and fours. We follow the Get Set for School® curriculum, which is part of Learning without Tears™. Our students love it!


Special Activities


Our Nursery School students enjoy learning to swim in our indoor heated pool, working off energy in our full-sized gymnasium, and climbing in our nursery school playground.

Nursery School families participate in our annual pajama party, art show, holiday parties, school visit day, and other fun events. They are also invited to share a Friday Shabbat with their child’s class.

Interested in Nursery School at the JCCMW? Start here.


Caryn Symons, MSEd​


In addition to 12 years as a teacher of all ages in the Nursery School, 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 Nursery School 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 and Camp.


White Plains Site 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. In addition, she worked as a regulatory affairs coordinator at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 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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