Temple Israel’s Kehillah School promotes the development of young children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age in a nurturing and stimulating play-based program that encourages creativity, decision-making and problem-solving skills, spiritual growth, and a joy of learning. Age-appropriate activities challenge each child to develop his/her social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual potential. Teachers here are emotionally responsive to the children in their care, as the building and strengthening of healthy relationships is a priority of ours. The ever-changing, emergent curriculum provides children with opportunities to delve into questions as they arise, teaching them the merits of intellectual curiosity. In fully exploring topics of relevance to them, learning through imaginative play, and expressing themselves through a variety of media, children emerge from this program with strong foundations of independence and self-esteem that are critical to their ongoing personal and academic development.

With small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratios, individualized attention can be given to every child and family in our program. We understand that each child progresses at his or her own pace in all aspects of learning and extend support and encouragement each step of the way.

The Kehillah School is being led by Jennifer Pennucci, M.Ed.

Jennifer has been an Early Childhood educator for over 20 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University in 2000 and her Masters in Early Childhood Education/Administration and Leadership from Champlain College in 2017. After earning her BA, Jennifer began teaching preschool. This sparked a passion for all things Early Childhood. She has been a program director for 15 years and brings a wealth of knowledge related to child development, quality curriculum planning and program management.

Jennifer believes that it is her role to provide teachers with the tools to be successful, show them how to use those tools, and guide them through the entire process as their cheerleader. She focuses her energy on building strong positive relationships with teachers and families striving to foster a close feeling of community within the program.

Kehillah families are invited to participate as members of Temple Israel’s congregation. Please check with our director, Anita Aronoff, to learn the details of our Temple Membership Benefit.