Chai Preschool

Preschool in San Mateo, CA 94404

499 Boothbay
San Mateo, CA 94404
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At the Chai Preschool our aim is:

  • To nourish your childs heart and mind as we develop cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills.
  • To encourage self-confidence and individuality by helping young children to enhance their learning and socializing abilities.
  • To foster enthusiasm and responsibility for learning and to encourage each childs natural creativity and curiosity.
  • To provide a curriculum geared to the different and developing interests of each child.
  • To provide a setting rich in materials and resources, a caring and highly qualified staff, a developmentally-appropriate program, and activities that are both teacher-guided and child-initiatEducation
  • To provide rich and meaningful Jewish content, including education about Jewish holidays, music, traditions and the Hebrew alphabet and language.
  • To communicate to parents the philosophy, goals and program of the Chai Preschool and to provide opportunities for parent involvement and education.
  • To enrich school experiences by using community resources and outside professionals in the field of early childhood education.

Child Ages:
2 years - 4 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
California Department of Social Services: Community Care Licensing Division
Hours of Operation:
Monday- Friday 8:00- 5:00

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Chai Preschool unites children, teachers, family and community in a positive and constructive early childhood experience.
Our Jewish values drive the curriculum, environment and school culture. We model and encourage kindness, respect, compassion, confidence and responsibility. Judaism teaches that the formative years of early childhood are vitally important. A child is viewed as a seed that we nurture with the utmost care, since the seed’s every experience will shape and color the quality of its matured self.

Judaism underscores the uniqueness of every child with the axiom “chanoch l’naar al pi darko,” teaching us to train children according to their individual paths. We recognize that each child has his or her unique needs, interests and passions. Our children are viewed as collaborators: they are competent, curious, inquisitive, unique, and creative.

Chai believes in an experiential and intentional approach to teaching and learning. This approach fosters children’s intellectual development as they are encouraged to explore their environment and express themselves through words, movement, drawing, painting, playing and other natural modes of expression. We promote an environment where children can develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills for a succesSFul and meaningful life.


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