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Early Childhood Program (ECP)

Early Childhood Program (ECP)

At KTI Early Childhood Program we see each child as a unique and precious gift entrusted to our care. We offer a warm, creative, loving environment - a home away from home - where children spend their days learning, exploring, and growing. Licensed by the Office for Children and Family Services and accredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), we create a self-rewarding, joyous, and non-competitive atmosphere where individuality is nurtured and where program activities help children learn more about Jewish heritage, values, and traditions through active learning.

We believe that. . . 

  • Loving, trusting, and respecting each child fosters their love, trust, and respect for others
  • A safe and happy environment promotes a natural curiosity and desire to learn
  • Each child has an innate inquisitiveness and thirst for knowledge
  • Each child can and should be guided to a positive self-image
  • Quality teachers and specialists are the keys to weaving age-appropriate academic goals
  • Children deserve to have teachers whose values enable them to be excellent role models
  • Home is the fulcrum of a child's development. We strive to support and complement the family in order to promote those bonds.

And most importantly. . . play is the work of children!

We share with children and their families the joys of Jewish culture. We believe that our children are a part of a web of interconnected relationships, and we encourage open dialogue between families and our entire KTI community.

Registration Information:

KTI offers all families with children in second grade or younger the opportunity to join our congregation as a "young family." Along with other membership benefits, this would allow you to benefit from ECP tuition at the membership rate. 

  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis
  • A $1000.00 non-refundable deposit is applied to the yearly tuition
  • Tuition is paid in two installments as stipulated in our contract
  • If we cannot offer you a placement, your deposit will be returned
  • Congregation members and families currently enrolled in our program have priority registration

Our class schedule for 2018-2019 is as follows:

Class schedules and Registration Links
Age Group Registration Link Days/Times
2 Year Olds 3 days

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

9:15 - 11:30

5 days

Monday - Friday 9:15 - 11:30

3 Year Olds 5 days

Monday-Friday 9:00 - 11:45

4 Year Olds

3 full days,

2 half days

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 - 2:15;

Thursday, Friday 9:00 - 11:45

Thursday Afternoon Enrichment Thursdays: 11:45 - 2:15
Reading Rocks Enrichment Fridays 11:45-1:30

For further information, contact Robin Goldberg, ECP Administrator at 914.939.1010

Reading Rocks

This full-year reading-readiness enrichment class for 4's is a fun way for your child to develop and improve skills necessary for reading success. Class will meet on Friday afternoons from 11:45 – 1:30. 

Parent-Child Program

This program provides a warm, safe setting where parent and child develop new relationships with peers. Your children will nurture their curiosity through play, stories, songs, crafts and a snack. Guided by an early childhood teacher and an assistant, toddlers can explore separation while their parents participate in discussions about topics of interest and concern. Children should be 12-21 months by October 2017. Caregivers are welcome.

  • Thursday mornings, 9:00- 10:15
  • September 27, 2017 – May 23, 2019
  • Tuition is $1325 
  • Registration Form

After School Activities

KTI ECP offers extensive after-school activities for 3's and 4's including Art with Anything, Construction Junction, Little Top Chefs, Hi Five Sports and more!

Vacation Camps

For those who need your children to be engaged during vacation times, we offer two levels of vacation camp during most school vacations. 

Summer Program: Safety Village

Join us for Safety Village. Safety Village is open for all children ages 4-6 (entering kindergarten or first grade), but those who have been enrolled in our ECP program get priority registration, so take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Your child will have fun while learning how to stay safe at “Safety Village”. Through guest speakers, dramatic play, crafts, songs, poems, stories and informational videos, they will be taught how to evaluate “safe from unsafe” and learn how to react safely when confronted with a potentially dangerous situation. “Safety Village” will set up “real-life” situations and through role-playing, your children will learn how to be safe. “Safety Village” topics include Fire Safety, Pedestrian/Bike Safety, Bus Safety, Personal/Stranger Safety, Animal Safety, Water Safety, First Aid. Guest speakers will include experts from the: Police Department, Fire Department, Poison Control, Certified CPR training, Certified Lifeguards, Animal Safety

Summer Program: Mini Fish

Designed for children who will be entering our 2's and 3's preschool classes in the fall. Little ones will enjoy our beautiful, fenced-in property complete with play equipment, picnic tables, and a shade tent. They will be able to climb, ride and frolic through a developmentally appropriate water park complete with their own “mini-car wash”. Happily, they will experience the friendship of their peers, as well as the care and nurturing of our teachers and counselors. In case of inclement weather, we have air-conditioned classrooms and a gross motor room all set up! Storytime, singing, nature, gardening, and crafts round out this lovely first camp experience. The added bonus is that the Mini-Fish camp is a great opportunity for your child to transition to the school year program.

ECP Staff

Robin Goldberg

Educational Administrator, ECP

Robin has a long history with KTI.  After working with the Head Start Program in California and New
York, Robin joined the KTIECP staff as a teacher in 1995. She began her official capacity as Educational
Director/Administrator in 2011.  Robin received her formal education from UCLA and from Cal State Los
Angeles. Robin and her husband have 3 grown children and live in North Stamford with their 2 crazy
Irish Terriers!

 

  Robin Goldberg headshot

Resa Waldman

Assistant to the Educational Administrator, ECP

 
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Wendy DeCamillo    
Rebecca DeMilio    
Traci Erenfryd    
Ilene Finiguerra    
Kathy Gutner    
Lisa Horwitz    
Adele Kaplan    
Fern Kaplan    
Sharon Ketchabaw    
Janet Kirsch    
Rachel Marchione    
Paula Mechanic    
Elizabeth Napolitano    
Stephanie Novick    
Catherine Penn    
Louise Petrazzi    
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Stephanie Rackenberg    
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Lauren Sloane    
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