Early Learning Programs

Learn, play and share with your toddler in a Jewish school setting

Early learning programs offered under the auspices of Rodeph Sholom School are designed for children who will be turning 2 between September 1st and December 31st, 2019. With an age-appropriate program, children will be able to learn, play, and share within a Jewish school setting.
Our teachers, who have masters’ degrees in education and social work, understand the needs of parents and young children and run developmentally appropriate classes for the different age groups. Each class is full of unique experiences for our families including free choice, group time and gym time that is held in our recently renovated mini-gym. In addition, all of our classes incorporate celebrations of Jewish holidays and Friday classes celebrate Shabbat.
By joining our early learning programs, our families have an opportunity to experience the Rodeph Sholom School community first-hand. We are located at 10 West 84th Street. All participants in our early learning programs are encouraged to apply to Rodeph Sholom School and should contact our Admissions Office about that process.

Learning Together and Apart

Learning Together and Apart is a full year early learning program under the auspices of the Rodeph Sholom School. It is designed for children who are not yet enrolled in school but are ready for a separated and more structured school experience.
Learning Together and Apart is a class that will include all of the elements of a developmentally appropriate program for young children. Children will be encouraged to be independent in the classroom and separate from their adults. This class lasts a full two hours, and runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a special Shabbat celebration on Fridays.

• Children must turn 2 between September 1st and December 31st
• A year-long separated program

For applications and more information, please email Debbie Semmel at dsemmel@rssnyc.org.

Note: If your child is too young to meet these age requirements, they are eligible for Sholom Sprouts programming, including Learning Together with a parent or caregiver. We offer classes for both 12-18 month olds as well as 16-24 month olds. Please click here to learn more.

Elements of Class

Free Choice
The children will be encouraged to participate in a variety of activities in our specially designed toddler classroom. Choices will include: art projects, block building, dramatic play, play dough, sand and water play.

Gym Time
Running, jumping, climbing and tumbling are a necessary part of any young child's physical development. Our mini-gym is designed to facilitate children's gross motor development while they play together.

Group Time
Singing together, reading together, learning to take turns and be in a group with peers all create the fabric of a shared experience in a classroom. Each day we will have snack time and a circle time, which will introduce children to the excitement of being part of a group.

Debbie Semmel

Program Coordinator

Debbie Semmel has a Masters in Education as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership and has taught at Rodeph Sholom School for 25 years. She has been a teacher in the Early Childhood Division throughout her tenure, and specifically a Twos (and younger) teacher for the last 12 years. She particularly enjoys the opportunity to introduce young children to the school environment, and is thrilled to be coordinating the Early Learning Programs.