PeninsulaChai Preschool Chai School San Mateo, CA 94402 (650) 345-2424 [email protected] www.chaischool.com Director Esty Marcus [email protected] Preschool unites children, teachers, family, and community in an enriching and vibrant early childhood experience. Jewish values drive the curriculum, environment and school culture. Teachers model and encourage kindness, respect, compassion, confidence, and responsibility. Judaism teaches that the formative years of early childhood are vitally important. Children are viewed as seeds nurtured 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, teaching us to train children according to their individual paths. Recognizing that each child has his or her unique needs, interests, and passions, children are treated as collaborators: competent, curious, inquisitive, unique, and creative. Preschool takes 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. The school promotes an environment where children can develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills for a successful and meaningful life.