Kesher Nevatim Preschool

Open Houses for 2016-17!!!  

March 20 @ 10am-noon

April 17 @ 10am-noon


Overview  | Enrollment | Tuition | Daily Routine | Teachers


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Nevatim (“sprouts”) delivers progressive Jewish education in a warm, intimate, and family oriented environment. Housed in a sunlit loft space, the program maintains a multi-age class (2 years and 9 months to 5-years old) in the Reggio-Emilia tradition. Children in the Nevatim program enjoy the support of spirited and experienced staff, with a small child-to-teacher ratio to ensure that their needs are met. Each day that a child walks through our doors, he or she has the opportunity to shape the class culture, pursue personal interests, and build developmentally appropriate skills and abilities.

Our class curriculum balances the emphasis on Jewish tradition with the concept of emergent curriculum. Judaism shines through in many exciting ways such as storytelling, singing, ritual, cooking, games, and more. Alternatively, emergent curriculum suggests a style of teaching in which staff closely follows the child’s cues regarding what ideas and objects they are ready to explore, play with, and learn from.

Nevatim is a place where Judaism is integral. We offer an exciting and nurturing environment designed to develop children into curious, joyous, and interconnected beings.

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We are happy to schedule a classroom visit. Tours are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. and typically last 60 minutes with an opportunity for parents to observe the classroom in action. Please contact us to schedule your tour!

In the meantime you can get a sense of what an amazing experience the children are having by checking out our facebook page.


Other benefits offered at Nevatim:

  • Nearby playground and basketball courts
  • Frequent field trips
  • Close-knit community
  • Free, abundant parking and easy access via public transportation
  • Opportunities for parent involvement

Enrollment for school year 2016-17.

Kesher Nevatim is now accepting applications for school year 2016-17. Please complete our Nevatim Application Form and return it along with a $40 fee to the attention of Judi Zalles. Please make checks out to “Kesher” and mail to 22 Kent St. Somerville, MA 02143.

Check out our 2015-2016 Nevatim Calendar and a sample snack menu. For more information about our school and policies see our Nevatim Parent Handbook.

Children must be at least 2 years and 9 months old to start attending.  Children can start any time in the year and the tuition will be prorated accordingly.

Kesher Nevatim 2016-17 Tuition

(Effective September, 2016)

Kesher Nevatim Preschool operates year-round, and our tree huggingteachers are hired on a year-round basis.  As a result, we require that families sign a one year contract that is renewable upon agreement. The contract covers the period from September (or your child’s start date) through the following August.

Families can choose to pay tuition in one annual payment, two semi-annual payments, or in nine payments. A non-refundable deposit equal to one month tuition is required at the time of signing a twelve month contract, which will be applied towards the last payment.

Nevatim full day hours are 8:30-5:30 M-F.

Annual tuition rates are:

5 days 4 days 3 days
Full day 8:30 a.m – 5:30 p.m. $19,500 $18,000 $16,000
Half day 8:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. $13,000 $11,300 $9,300
Early drop off 7:30 am – 8:30 a.m. $2,500 $2,250 $2,000


Find out more about us by contacting

Or give us a call at 617-440-6014.


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Nevatim Daily Routine

8:30  Shalom / Arrivals and exploration time. playing on train table Child initiated and teacher guided activity

10:00 Kibud (snack) Children clean up classroom and transition to group snack and conversation

10:30 Ma’agal (meeting/circle-time)

11:00 Z’man Ba’khutz (outdoor play)

12:00 Arukhat Zoharayim (Lunch) & brush teeth

1:00  Zman Shaket (quiet time) – All children are required to rest for 45 minutes.  Children  who do not nap may take out quiet activities while others are sleeping.

climbing tree3:00 Transition out of nap, quite activity until Kibbud

3:30 Kibbud (snack)

4:00 Z’man Ba’khutz (outdoor play)

4:50 Transition and short exploration / activity time

5:00 Ma’agal (final circle time)

5:15- 5:30 L’hitraot, Pick up



Our Teachers

Laura Stone, our morning teacher, comes to Andrew with Lauraus with many years of experience in early childhood education, and as a director of a public school preschool program. Deeply experienced in the Reggio Emilia school of early-childhood education, Laura brings her educational philosophy into every aspect of the school day:

“Children learn through play and hands-on exploration in an atmosphere where they have the opportunities to observe, interact with materials, peers, environment, and community; and the encouragement to create, try out new things, share thoughts and ideas, and take new risks.   Our job as teachers is to help children develop a sense of curiosity, independence, self-confidence and self-esteem: these skills will help them to be successful learners.  We do this by creating a joyful, rich, developmentally challenging, and respectful environment where children can explore and develop as individuals and within a community setting.”



Lauren picLauren has a great interest in exploring cognitive development and children’s learning through observation of child agency.  She loves the Reggio aspect of “provocations” and enjoys being surprised by all of the different ways children respond to their environment.  Lauren also revels in silliness, rhyme, song, and play of 3-, 4- and 5- year olds.  Her favorite academic quote is, “Learning is messy” by Eleanor Duckworth.





Seth Hurwitz is our full-time teacher. He encourages Seth the stick leaderimaginative, thoughtful play with an emphasis on building empathy and developing verbal skills. In the spirit of the Reggio tradition, Seth believes documentation and reflection of children’s play bolsters the sophistication of the developing child. Seth’s experience working with youth includes teaching middle-school literature classes in under-resourced areas, leading teens on outdoor expeditions, instructing weekly Hebrew school classes in his hometown synagogue, and caring for young children as a summer camp counselor. When Seth isn’t busy scaffolding the development of his cherished young Nevatim friends, he likes to exercise, cook for his friends, play pick-up hockey, noodle on the guitar, and read offbeat fiction. Seth holds a BA in English literature from Tufts University.



IMG_6094Jacqui Steinhouse (on leave), our afternoon teacher, joined us in January 2014. She has over 15 years experience working with children age newborn to high school. She holds a bachelor of science in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Art. Jacqui brings her background and passion for art to the Nevatim classroom in many exciting ways. Aside from working with children, Jacqui is a very devoted and passionate runner and has competed in 14 marathons in the past 7 years. When not at work or running, she is spending time at her home in Arlington with her husband Andrew, stepdaughter Erin and Jack Russell Terrier Elston.



Judy profileJudi Zalles is the director of Kesher Nevatim.  Passion, experience, perspective, partnership, and purpose are at the core of her work to support and empower students, educators, program directors and Boards.  Above all else she is an advocate for our children; honoring their uniqueness and the special time of childhood. She has a diverse experience and range of perspectives gained through varying roles in the private sector, Head Start, college instruction, Montessori Teacher Training, ECE advisory councils, Board memberships, workshop and conference presentations, and private consulting and coaching.

“Nevatim is a unique opportunity for me to once again integrate the joys of Jewish life with the explorations, discoveries and the wonders of the everyday.”



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