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 2022-2023 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 Michelle Dardashti), 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 Cam Lieberson, 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, February 10 - 4:15 pm

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!”



The Kane Street Kids Summer Program is open to all neighborhood children. Kids will enjoy water play on our rooftop playground, a large indoor playground for rainy or super hot days, arts & crafts, sports, cooking and more!  Our wonderful teachers ensure an awesome experience for our young campers.
 
KANE STREET KIDS SUMMER

Dates: June 20th-July 1st 
Hours: 8:30 AM to 1 pm, Monday to Friday
Ages: 3-5 year old children (Must be 3 by December 31st)
Cost: $1200 for the two week program
$250 deposit to hold the spot
Where: Kane Street Synagogue
236 Kane Street (Cobble Hill)

About our Director

Cam Lieberson (they/them) Cam is thrilled to be joining the Kane Street Kids community in their first year as Education Director. After earning their undergraduate degree in Educational Theater from NYU, they launched into their teaching career, working in general education and arts integration roles for children of all ages. After a few years working with elementary-aged students, they taught their first year of preschool, and it was pure magic. Since then, they have been committed to working with children ages 2-5 in both general and special education settings, with a focus on cultivating a sense of joy and belonging in the classroom.

This brought them to their studies as a graduate student at Bank Street College of Education, where they earned an MSED in Early Childhood Education and Arts Integration. The joy that music, dance, storytelling, and drama have brought to their students is immeasurable, and they have continued to advocate for strong arts programs for children of all ages. During their recent years as an educator, they have dedicated their practice to developing identity and social justice work with and for young children. As a trans, nonbinary teacher, it has become important to them to see every member of their school community–children, families, faculty, and staff–feel a sense of belonging and support.

Please feel free to contact Cam any time at cam@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 2022-23 Academic Year

Mary Pender-Coplan
Becca Rutkoff
Alan Blank
Kane Street Synagogue