Nursery School Calendar 2019-2020:
Monday, September 9, 2019 – Wednesday, June 3, 2020

During their nursery school years, children are open to the world and to learning the basis of language, physical skills and social interactions. At the JCC Nursery school, our trained, caring staff help your child achieve healthy physical, social and cognitive growth; encourage self-awareness, understanding and confidence; and help youngsters develop a sense of security with adults and peers in a safe, nurturing environment.

Our Nursery school offers morning and full day options for 2s, 3s and 4s.  We follow the Get Set for School curriculum, which is part of Handwriting without Tears.  Our students LOVE it!!  We get our students singing, dancing, coloring, building and exploring as they develop age-appropriate knowledge that sets them up for success in Kindergarten.

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 new nursery school playground.

Nursery School families participate in a variety of events, such as the annual Pajama Party, Nursery School Art Show, Holiday Parties and School Visit Day, and are invited to share a Friday Shabbat with their child’s class.

Nursery School Staff

Warm, competent, experienced teachers (licensed in Early Childhood Education) and assistant teachers are all supervised by the Director. Most of our teachers and the Director are certified as Mental Health First Aiders by the National Council for Behavioral Health 2019-2022.

Information Sessions and Tours

Wednesday, November 13 and Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 9:30am
Families unable to attend on these dates can make alternative arrangements. Please call (914) 472-3300, x316.

Nursery School Programs Extended Session

Open to new children and those attending the JCC Early Childhood Center, this session runs from Monday, June 8 – Wednesday, June 24.

Early Drop-Off

Early drop-off is available for all children from 8:00am to 9:00am. Daily fee is $20. At 9:00am, we will escort your child to his/her nursery class.

Curbside Drop-Off

Curbside drop-off is available each day between 8:40am and 8:55am in our back parking lot.

Lunch Bunch

Cared for by competent personnel, children eat a kosher-style, nut-free lunch (brought from home), play and have a wonderful time. Lunch Bunch bridges the gap between activities such as school and JCC classes, or it can serve as an extended day. Arrangements can be made for children to be escorted from Lunch Bunch to regularly scheduled JCC classes.
Reservations and payment must be made in advance.
Lunch Bunch follows the Early Childhood Center schedule for holidays, JCC closings and snow days. No refunds/credits issued for missed time.

  • 3’s & 4’s: 11:45am-12:45pm
  • 2’s:  11:30am-12:30pm
  • Hourly: 2’s, 3’s & 4’s: $16/hour

Special Activities

Challah Sale – Welcome Shabbat with a fresh Challah

Have a delicious, freshly-baked plain, crumb, cinnamon crumb or chocolate chip challah delivered by the Challah Fairy to the JCC on Friday mornings when Nursery School is in session. Order forms available on the Forms link to the left.

Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair:  Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12, 2020.

Meet the Director – 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 prior to 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 will enrich each child’s nursery school experience. Caryn received her Masters Degree 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 JCC Nursery School and Camp. Contact Caryn at 914-472-3300 x 412 or