Preschool & Kindergarten

PK logoEsther B. Feldman Preschool/Kindergarten

Entrust your child to the very best!


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Begun in 1956, Congregation Anshei Israel's Preschool/Kindergarten and its teachers are the recipients of numerous education awards. The school has twice received the "Solomon Schechter Award for Excellence" from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and two teachers have been selected as "Educator of the Year" from the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

As of 2015, Lynne Falkow-Strauss, our Preschool/Kindergarten Director, has been with the school for 43 years and, with an extremely low turn-over rate, some of our teachers have been with us for more than 25 years!

We're very proud of the relationships built due to the low student-to-teacher ratio. Our programs are designed to enhance the physical, social, emotional and religious growth of ALL children ages six months through six years. In addition to a rich and meaningful age-appropriate Judaic and secular education, we offer programs in music, art, science enrichment, Spanish, beginning computers, and library.

Stressing parent involvement, the school has a thriving Parent Action Committee and offers parenting classes taught by Rabbi Robert Eisen.

Parent Testimonials:
Thank you for taking our sons when we needed to find a community of love. This beautiful school has been part of our lives and the imprint is everlasting on the lives of our boys. 
 ~ Anna Schwartz-Warmbrand & Grady Bautista

We can't thank you enough for creating the loving, safe and nurturing environment at your school. Our daughters are who they are today in large part due to your tireless efforts. We have thoroughly enjoyed being "Anshei parents" and will always cherish our time there.  ~ Kathy & Dave Hiller

Our programs include: 

Parent-Tot Class, Tuesdays, 9:00 – 11:00am (not held May 24-Aug. 9, 2016)
Free and open to the public, this class for children 9- to 24-months in age and their parent(s) is fun and educational. Facilitated by Stacey Singer, participants sing songs, make art projects, read stories, have a snack, and share parenting advice with each other. Occasional guest speakers help tackle specific issues such as: food allergies, sun safety, baby sign language and more. Water play is included in May and September. PLEASE NOTE: We have a mandatory vaccination policy. For more information, contact Lynne Falkow-Strauss.

A class to assist the toddler in understanding his or her expanding world and to begin to lay a sound foundation for a positive emotional Jewish identity. The child is provided a rich environment in which he or she can explore freely.

2- & 2-1/2-Year-Olds
Due to the development that takes place between the ages of two and two-and-a-half, we offer programs for each age. Centered on a child attaining a positive self-image while he or she learns a new sense of independence, the program allows the child to discover the joys of cooperative play and the satisfaction of completing tasks.

Ready for new challenges, the child is provided classroom activities that strengthen and sharpen both motor and social skills. Hands-on introductions to art, music, science, math, and geography encourage curiosity and are designed to stimulate growth.

Cognitive skills are further developed through individual and group experiences that encourage a child's natural curiosity. Stimulating activities nurture later proficiency. The child learns to explore his or her environment and to recognize the larger world around them. A growing knowledge of the beautiful traditions of Judaism further enhances the child's love of learning.

A comprehensive, full-day program and an introduction to the exciting world of elementary school in which the child's curiosity about the world grows. Basic concepts in reading, writing, math, science, and art help the child build confidence in his or her ability to learn and develop self-esteem through greater independence. Visits by specialists and field trips are included. Jewish traditions and history are introduced through music, art and a beginning Hebrew vocabulary program.


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REGISTRATION FORM for Preschool or Kindergarten 2016-17
PK Handbook 2016-17 (pending)

Scholarships are available for Kindergarten students. Families requesting financial assistance may apply on-line withFAST logo(Financial Aid for School Tuition) by clicking on the logo at right. Funding for financial assistance is primarily provided by JETCO (Jewish Education Tax Credit Organization). Confidential applications are reviewed by an impartial committee. Tuition and financial aid information is always kept strictly confidential. The FAST application fee is $38. The application fee is non-refundable and payable by MasterCard, Visa or American Express.


1 Summer Camp for Kids 2 to 6
Camp runs weekly through July 24 (no camp July 3)



FIRST DAY Preschool/Kindergarten classes



Parent/Tot Classes resume regular schedule



Welcome Back Party: Ice Cream Social
(For families with children currently enrolled in school.)
  26 Open House at the school for families with children currently enrolled in school. Parents: Meet your child(ren)’s teachers and tour the classrooms!



Scholastic Book Fair (closed Saturdays)
Open to all, this fair has books for children Pre-K-8th Grade, and some for adults, including cookbooks. The school’s teachers will have their “wish lists” for books they would like for their classrooms. Proceeds benefit CAI’s Esther B. Feldman Preschool/Kindergarten.

Clifford the Big Red Dog will be here Thursday, Oct. 22, 8-10am. Bring your cameras!

Check calendar page for daily times.



“Dad & Me” Breakfast, 8:00am
Children of the preschool/kindergarten & their dads (or grandpas, uncles, etc.) enjoy a breakfast buffet made by the moms. Includes fun activities.



Preschool/Kindergarten Hanukkah Celebration



Kindergarten Info Night for 2016-17 Class
Make an informed decision about your child’s kindergarten experience! Meet Director Lynne Falkow-Strauss and classroom teacher Ronnie Miller to learn about the coming year and curriculum in CAI’s full-day kindergarten. Low student-to-teacher ratio; programs designed to enhance the physical, social and emotional growth of your child; secure facility with park-like playground and much more! Upon completion of our program, children are fully prepared to enter First Grade … anywhere!


"Casino Night" Fundraiser, 7:30pm
A fun-filled adults-only evening to benefit the Esther B. Feldman Preschool/Kindergarten
Sponsor Form

Enjoy casino gambling (for fun and entertainment), hors d’oeuvres and dessert, a cash bar, live music and dancing, a $1000 cash jackpot, and fabulous raffle prizes (a Canyon Ranch Spa Retreat, a Rocky Point Vacation Getaway, an Autographed UofA Basketball and Tickets to a PAC-12 Game, and much more). BUY Raffle Tickets.

$50 per person ($65 after Jan. 11 and at the door) includes two drink tickets and $25 in casino chips. Cocktail attire requested. RSVP here.

February 5

“Mom & Me” Breakfast, 8:00am
Children of the preschool/kindergarten & their moms (or mom substitutes) enjoy a breakfast buffet made by the dads. Includes fun activities.

March 4

PK Schoolwide/Tot Shabbat, service 5:45pm; dinner 6:15pm
All families in CAI’s Preschool/Kindergarten and any family with young children are invited to share this special Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Robert Eisen to welcome the Sabbath with stories; songs performed by the Preschool/Kindergarten children led by music specialist Susan Kravitz; followed by kid-friendly Shabbat dinner.

  24 Preschool/Kindergarten Purim Celebration
April 18 Model Seder


19 Preschool/Kindergarten Closing Ceremony & Graduation


Summer Camp for Kids 2 to 6

Camp runs weekly through May 31 – July 22
(no camp June 13 & July 4)


Proudly teaching children from generation to generation.
For more information about CAI's award-winning Preschool/Kindergarten, space availability,
or to schedule a personalized visit, please contact Lynne Falkow-Strauss.