Preschool & Kindergarten

 Esther B. Feldman Preschool/Kindergarten PK logo

Entrust your child to the very best!

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.

A Parent’s Testimonial:
As an educator, I know how challenging it can be to provide high-quality academic instruction while balancing the individual needs of each student in a program. Anshei Israel’s Preschool/Kindergarten does an excellent job of combining the early- childhood needs of students and the educational demands of kindergarten. Your kindergarten teacher, Ronnie Miller, is exemplary. She developed curriculum and executed lessons on a whole new level of excellence, while supporting the children’s social and emotional growth, and helping each become independent and self-confident. Her classroom was loving and warm, and felt like a second home.
My daughter will be entering 1st Grade this fall and is more than prepared to do so. While I am sad that her kindergarten year has come to an end, I am positive that the foundation she received in Anshei Israel’s program will serve her well.
Thank you!
   ~ Kendra Citron

Our programs include: 

Parent-Tot Class, Tuesdays, 9:00 – 11:00am
Free and open to the public, this class for children 9- to 24-months in age and their parent(s) is fun and educational. Led by educator Heather Gordon, 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. 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 2015-16!

Preschool/Kindergarten 2014-15 HANDBOOK

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.


2 Summer Camp for Kids 2 to 6 starts
Camp runs weekly through July 25
(No camp June 4 & 5; July 4)



Preschool/Kindergarten classes resume



Parent/Tot Classes resume regular schedule



Welcome Back Party at the Children’s Museum
(For families with children currently enrolled in school.)


17 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
Oct. 20, 22, 23 & 27, 9:00am-4:00pm; Oct. 21 & 28, 9:00am-6:00pm; Oct. 24, 9:00am-3:30pm; Oct. 26 & 29, 9:00am-12:00pm
Open to all, this fair has books for children Pre-K-8th Grade, and a few for adults. The school’s teachers will have their “wish lists” for books they would like for their classrooms. New congregant Stephanie Pearmain’s book, Animal BFFs, will be among the many books offered. Proceeds benefit CAI’s Esther B. Feldman Preschool/Kindergarten.


“Dad & Me” Breakfast, 8:00am
Children of the preschool/kindergarten & their dads (or dad substitutes) enjoy a breakfast buffet made by the moms. Includes fun activities. Kids $6; adults $10. For more information & to RSVP, contact Kim.
November 16

PJ Library “Latkes and Legos” Hanukkah Celebration,
3:00-4:30pm, at CAI
CAI’s Preschool/Kindergarten is hosting this special event co-sponsored with the JFSA’s PJ Library. There will be a giant Lego hanukkiah made by CAI’s USYers, a special Hanukkah story with Rabbi Robert Eisen, latkes (yum!), and games … and children can build their own mini-hanukkiah out of Legos to take home! Only $5 per child (space limited to first 50 kids); accompanying adults no charge. RSVP by Nov. 10 to Mary Ellen.



Hanukkah Celebration

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Kindergarten Info Night for 2015-16 Class, 7:00pm, in Room 10

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! 


“Mom & Me” Breakfast, 8:00am

Themed event produced by the dads for all CAI preschool/ kindergarten moms (& mom "substitutes") and their children. Kids $6; adults $10. 

February 6

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. RSVP by Feb. 2.

  15 “Shema Sweet Dreams”



PK Purim Celebration

April 1 Model Seder


22 PK Closing Ceremony & Graduation


1 Summer Camp for Kids 2 to 6
Camp runs weekly June 1 through July 24


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.