Congregation Beth Israel's Chanen Preschool

CBI's Chanen Preschool is the premier early childhood center in the Valley. With a high quality & educated staff, a terrific Jewish curriculum and the true sense of community, we offer a full service Jewish environment for our families & community.
Location: Scottsdale , Arizona
Year founded: 1920


Congregation Beth Israel's Chanen Preschool is a non-profit early childhood center serving students 6 weeks through Pre-Kindergarten.  We also offer a summer camp program for campers 6 weeks through entering 4th grades under the name Congregation Beth Israel's Camp Simcha.  We are a play based, developmental Jewish preschool that has an emphasis on academics.  Our philosophy is such that we look at every year as a stepping stone to the next year.  Our end result is to help develop confident, self aware students who have a passion for Jewish life and are beyond prepared for their Kindergarten experience.

Chanen Preschool is a state of the art facility with our own Austin's Art Studio, splash pad and classrooms that have been updated and reflect the latest trends in Jewish early childhood education.  Our Director, Kim Subrin, was selected as a member of the first cohort of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI), a two year intensive learning institute through Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Institute.  With Kim's continued education and connection to Director's across the country, Chanen Preschool has moved to be one of the premier preschools in the Greater Phoenix Jewish Community.

In addition to our amazing curriculum (prepared by our certified and degreed teaching team), we offer our students Hebrew, movement, art, music, physical education and a weekly school-wide Shabbat program.  In addition, our Pre-Kindergarten students have been working on a program being piloted through Arizona State University focusing on diversity and community.

Chanen Preschool is much more than a school.  We are a true community.  With an active parent group, preschool committee and Grandparent's Club, we offer our families life long relationships, amazing community programming and family and educational support through a highly qualified administrative team.

There is one area where Chanen Preschool is looking to grow and flourish.  One of the hottest items in early childhood education currently is the concept of farm to table, a early introduction to gardening and healthy eating.  This past semester we did kick off a small gardening class called Little Green Thumbs and a cooking class.  Our hope, through this grant, is to build a full garden for our school and continue to enable our children to be hands on with their learning and help build, create and grow this garden as a Chanen community.

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