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Ansche Chesed is associated with Yaldaynu Preschool, the oldest Jewish preschool on the Upper West Side, serving children ages 2-5. Yaldaynu aims to provide a warm, nurturing environment for children, which encourages intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth.
Parents are very involved in this process at Yaldaynu, a child and family centered neighborhood school, where friendships between families continue long after children have moved on. The Hebrew word Yaldaynu (“our children”) reflects the school’s philosophy: to cultivate a Jewish identity and Jewish values in a relaxed, developmentally appropriate way. Children are introduced to Shabbat, the Jewish holidays, and Israel through art, music, stories, and cooking. They also gain a sense of community and Jewish heritage when the school brings families together to celebrate the holidays.
Religious practice among Yaldaynu families mirrors the pluralism of the Upper West Side’s Jewish community. Families of all levels of observance are welcome at Yaldaynu.
For more information, email Yaldaynu’s director, Elaine Bloom, or call 212-866-4993.