Chai Preschool

Chai School 115 Monte Diablo San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 345-CHAI (2424)
Director Esther Marcus

Serving the Jewish community of the North Peninsula with excellence in early childhood education. Unites children, teachers, family and community in a positive and constructive early childhood experience. A child is viewed “as a seed to be nurtured with the utmost care.” Jewish values drive the curriculum, environment and school culture. Staff models and encourages kindness, respect, compassion, confidence and responsibility.

Judaism teaches that the formative years of early childhood are vitally important. Judaism underscores the uniqueness of every child with the axiom “chanoch l’naar al pi darko,” teaching to train children according to their individual paths. Each child has his or her unique needs, interests and passions. At this school, children are viewed as collaborators: they are competent, curious, inquisitive, unique and creative. Following an experiential and intentional approach to teaching and learning, the school 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. Promoting an environment where children can develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills for a successful and meaningful life.