Kane Street Kids warmly welcomes families of all religions and religious approaches who are open to the practice and understanding of Jewish customs and traditions in the classroom.

In September 2005, Kane Street Synagogue opened the first Conservative Jewish preschool serving Brownstone Brooklyn. Kane Street Kids is licensed by the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and provides students ages two to five with the very highest quality Jewish preschool education.

At Kane Street Kids we are proud to promote the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual growth of children within a comfortable, progressive Jewish environment.

Curriculum

Daily classroom schedules reflect a balance between structure and independent choice. Our experienced head and assistant teachers establish familiar routines that include many opportunities for each child to learn and explore individually, in small groups and as a class.

To further enrich our programming, specialists in music, sports, movement, literature and drama visit the school each week.

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Days & Hours

We offer a 2-day (Tuesday/Thursday), 3-day (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), or 5-day morning session for our two-year-old students and a 5-day session until 12:00* or 2:00pm* for our three-year-old students.

Our four-year-old students attend Kane Street Kids from 9:00am-2:00pm five days a week.

We additionally offer an Early Drop-off from 8:00am as an on-demand, or pre-planned longer term arrangement.

*Times are approximate as each class has its own distinct arrival & dismissal time


Our Afternoon Enrichment program is suspended at the moment due to COVID-19 precautions; this would usually be from your child's dismissal time until 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and until 2:00pm on Fridays. Enrichment offerings have included Hebrew, Spanish, Art & Artists, Yoga, and more.

For a view of our annual schedule, please download the 2020-2021 Calendar.


Please note: School dismisses at 2:00pm on Fridays throughout the school year, in time for the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat). The Preschool is not open on Jewish holidays.

Faculty

Kane Street Kids' classes for two- three- and four-year olds are all led by experienced head teachers who either have a Masters' Degree in Education or have a Bachelor's degree in education or a related field and are currently pursuing a Masters. They are fully qualified to work with young children, exceeding the accreditation and qualifications required by the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, which oversees all private preschools in the City.

Each classroom comprises at least two teachers; the assistant teachers give support to the head teacher, and in parallel are typically working on obtaining their own Master's in Education. We provide support and professional development for all of our teachers, and aim to constantly improve our faculty's skills and encourage them in their goals as educators.

Jewish Education

As part of Kane Street Synagogue, we are proud to incorporate Jewish culture and religious practice into our daily curriculum. There are regular classroom visits by the Synagogue by our clergy (Rabbi Paul Resnick and Cantor Sarah Myerson), who participate in exposing the children to Jewish ritual practices. And even though not all of our teachers are Jewish, all have embraced joyous Jewish songs, prayers, and traditions.

In addition to our own weekday classes, we also closely partner with the Synagogue and the community to provide opportunities for our students and their families to participate in age-appropriate Jewish practice outside of preschool hours. These include teaching Friday night rituals at home (candle lighting, and blessings over grape juice and challah), or participating in Saturday morning Shabbat services or Jewish holiday celebrations held at the Synagogue.

The Synagogue also has a vibrant and active Hebrew School, and for those who wish for their children to continue their Jewish education, we work with our Director of Youth Education and Family Programming Rabbi Val Lieber to make the transition to Hebrew School—which starts with Roshanim for Pre-K students—as smooth as possible

To Apply

Applications are open for the coming 2022-23 academic year.

Please contact Preschool Director Rivka Seeman, if you are seeking space for the current year. We have limited spaces available in our twos program currently and spaces do occasionally open up mid-year in other classrooms.

Per the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, children must turn two-years-old prior to September 30 of any given year, in order to attend Kane Street Kids for the full academic year. Limited spaces may be available for a mid-semester start for children who turn two through December 31st.

Tours and Open Houses

Register to attend a virtual open house!

http://kanestreet.org/ksk-open-house

Upcoming Open Houses
Thursday, November 4 — 4:00pm
Thursday, November 18 — 8:00pm
Monday, December 20 — 4:00pm 
Tuesday, January 18 — 4:00pm

You can also join our mailing list to be invited to future open house dates using our open house registration form or by sending an email to ksk@kanestreet.org.

Comments from Current KSK Parents

“Kane Street Kids is a wonderful, warm and nurturing environment to watch a child grow.”

My daughter has flourished at KSK; her amazing teachers have done such an amazing job of incorporating Jewish values and principles of caring for the world—and each other—in a fun and exciting way. We love KSK!”

“It’s a warm and loving community that we are lucky to be part of!”

About our Director

Rivka Seeman is now in her fourth year as the leader of Kane Street Kids. She has over 25 years of experience in education: prior to her tenure at Kane Street, she was head teacher at Tompkins Hall Nursery School and Childcare Center at Columbia University, where she spent over 15 years in the classroom.

Rivka is committed to a school that is filled with joy and infused with Jewish and ethical values. In partnership with our teaching staff, she builds upon the familiar rhythms of the curriculum and the daily activities that our children love. Rivka believes that children have an inherent drive to develop mastery over their world, that play is the joyful pursuit of that mastery and that an educator’s role is to provide children with opportunities and gentle guidance to support them in their work of self-development.

Previously, Rivka served as interim director at World Cup Nursery School and Kindergarten in Chappaqua, where she managed an early childhood program with over 300 students and 60 employees. She also has experience in the Jewish camping community and as a teacher in a gan/preschool in Jerusalem. Rivka earned her Masters in Education from Hunter College and her undergraduate degree from Barnard College.

Together with other senior staff, her faculty and support staff, Rivka makes the health and safety of all of our students her top priority, and has successfully guided the school through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please feel free to contact Rivka any time at rivka@kanestreet.org.

Kane Street Kids Parent Committee

The Kane Street Kids Committee is comprised of members of Kane Street Synagogue who are parents of KSK students and alumni, and other volunteers who have experience in early childhood education. They work with the Preschool Director and Synagogue's other senior staff towards the continued growth, enrichment and enhancement of KSK's educational program. For more information, contact the committee chair at ksk_committee@kanestreet.org.

Kane Street Kids Parent Committee
for the 2021-22 Academic Year

Amy Honigman (Chair)
Shira Berger (Former Chair)
Loren Berger
Jamie Betesh
Alan Blank
Alana Blank
Katie Kooris
Brynne Lehner
Becca Rutkoff
Kane Street Synagogue