Early Childhood

Sponsored by Stanley & Cookie Chera

Start Strong. Start Smart.


It is never too soon to start children on the road to academic success. At the Chera Early Childhood Program, our children thrive and grow from the very start. Classes encourage school readiness and early academic success in an enriching and fun atmosphere.

Our experienced teachers are all equipped with graduate degrees and are committed to educational excellence, developing kids’ literacy skills, and helping to uncover their creative abilities.

In a safe and nurturing environment, our Whole Child Approach to education promotes physical, social, and emotional development. Our children also stretch cognitively and intellectually, building the confidence and skills they need in Hebrew, English readiness, science, math, and technology. They also engage in gym, swim, and roof-top playground activities.



Our curriculum focuses on developmental progress and based on the Whole Child Approach. It consists of a flexible, yet structured environment. Hebrew and English reading readiness skills are reinforced as well as units in math, science, social studies, and computer skills. We also have special programs for:

  • Swim (for toilet-trained children)
  • Gym
  • Music
  • Outdoor Play
  • Holiday Celebrations

Classroom Structure

Our classroom structure ensures that all of our age groups are getting classes and programs specifically geared towards them and their skill sets.

Pre-K: Age 4

(by December of the current school year)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Fridays: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Our Pre-K program focuses on English and Hebrew letters, sounds, and other reading readiness skills. Our goal is to prepare children for formal yeshiva schools in the community.

Accredited UPK program by the NYC Department of Education.

Rising Stars: Age 3

(by December of the current school year)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Fridays: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Our Rising Stars program reinforces language and readiness skills in order to prepare our 3 year-olds for the next level. It focuses on developing children’s independence and self-help skills.

Terrific Toddlers: Age 2

(by December of the current school year)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Fridays: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

*Extension available until 3:00 PM after holidays.

Our Terrific Toddler program introduces children to the preschool setting. It focuses on aiding in the development of language and verbal skills of toddlers.

Jumpstart: Age 2

(upon entering school)

Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Our Jumpstart program is a first separation experience for toddlers in a warm and nurturing environment. We focus on helping the children develop language skills and social skills.

An optional school lunch is available for purchase. Home lunches must be dairy or pareve.






Partners In Play

For children 12 Months and up

Mothers and children will enjoy quality playtime that combines learning with fun. The program is 75 minutes long and consists of 45 minutes of crafts, songs, games, and seasonal projects followed by 30 minutes of movement and gymnastics.

This program is led by our talented early childhood teacher, Dina Nadler.

*Lunch included.

14-Week Program, starting October 11:
Non-Members: $420 once a week / $616 twice a week
Center Members: $350 for once a week / $504 twice a week

Tuesday: 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM or 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursday: 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM or 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Call (718) 627-4300 to register for this program.



For more information please contact us:
Lisette Lalo, M.A.,EC Educational Director: 718-954-3156

Lori Ash

Head of School

Lori Ash has been in Early Childhood Education for over 25 years. Lori started off as a teacher at the Ramaz School in NYC, where she then became the Early…

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Lisette Lalo

Director of Early Childhood Education

“I want to make a difference in children’s lives, help them succeed and reach their full potential.” Lisette’s dedication to her work as Director of Early Childhood Education is evident…

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