Chai Tots Preschool - Park Slope
Age range of kids
18 months to 5 years
Number of kids (kids per class)
Number of adults
Schedule/minimum # of days
Options of 2,3,5 mornings or full day. Schedule is 9 to 3 with early drop and late pickup available. There is a six-week summer program and a regular school year.
Part Time/Full Time Available
Registration Requirements/Dates (if applicable)
Rolling admission. Call for an appointment to visit school. Admission based on availability in class for age group.
2’s program this fallJust want to put in a passionate plug for Chai Tots if anyone is interested in a Jewish early childhood environment. This place is an absolute gem: small classes, super loving, caring, nurturing teachers, play and sensory based curriculum, lovely private outdoor space, centrally located on 3rd Street and PPW. (They also have other locations in Prospect Heights and Windsor Terrace.) Another plus: they are a UPK location, so you get all this for free in the pre-k year. My 2020 baby (18 months old today!) will be starting there in the fall, though they take kids as young as 18 months and my 6 year old is a proud alum. My 3 year old is now in her second year there. She had just turned 2 when she started, was super attached to me and had never been cared for by anyone outside the home. After one hesitant first day, she has bounced happily off to school literally every day since! Chai Tots truly sees every child as a unique soul with infinite potential, and the entire experience flows from that place. It's incredible. I'm happy to share more with anyone interested!
2019-2020 Year ReviewReview: We've sent both of our children to Chai daycare and Chaitots preschool for 5+ years (infant to 4 years and infant to 2 years), and they have been sweet and attentive to our children. The teachers are young and enthusiastic, some doing this while attending college in the evenings, and mostly from large families, some are from Chabad families and some non-Jewish teachers, so they know how to work well with young kids. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours … What would you change? The preschool ends 2 weeks earlier than any other preschool in Brooklyn, so it's hard to find a camp for that interim period in June. Sometimes they run a daycare for the kids in the preschool, but they don't commit to it ahead of time.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyMy son absolutely loves Chai tots! He misses it on vacation days! The Morahs (teachers) are dedicated and caring, and site director Mushky is wonderful. It is a Jewish school and the curriculum includes Jewish holidays and concepts as well as Hebrew letters. The leadership is orthodox but warmly welcoming to all (including same-sex parents and intermarried Parents). About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyWe love the caregivers! Our daughter was with them part time (2.5 days/week) and really thrived. They have a bright, warm and supportive environment. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options What would you change? I don't expect them to change it, but they adhere to a strict Jewish calendar and thus have numerous holidays that our work and public school calendars don't follow.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyWe loved daycare at Chai Tots! Our daughter was only there 1.5 days a week but warmed up to the teachers so quickly, and really thrived. We loved the weekly email with photos of what they did during the week, and the daily updates about how she ate and slept. The teachers are warm and nurturing, patient and understanding. They are Chabad, but we are secular and always felt completely welcome and involved. The teachers are diverse and inclusive. Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options Being Chabad, they close for every Jewish holiday, which made scheduling tricky for us sometimes. This may be the one reason we choose not to re-enroll next year when we need a full time option.
Re: Scholarships for 3's programOur child goes to Chai Tots and they offer scholarships for hardship circumstances. I don’t know how booked up they are for the upcoming year, or whether it would be a full scholarship or a discounted one, but it’s worth a shot. They are very nice. If this is a special case it could be worth her making a visit. She would have to submit an application for scholarship which would go to the board who would decide. They are open to all - Jewish or not.
Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK SurveyReview: My son loves the school and his teachers. It's so nurturing while being focused on education of literacy. He comes home singing thanksgiving songs, songs about the letters he's learning... About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Nothing, my son absolutely loves every minute he's in school. Review submitted via the PSP 2016 PreK Survey
Review Submitted via Fall 2015 Daycare/Preschool SurveyPROGRAM: 70 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215 TIME: 3 full days AGE: 3-4 years REVIEW: Chai Tots is a truly lovely preschool and its due in large part to the incredible warmth of the teachers. The young women teaching seem to have an incredible affection for the children and love for teaching. The kids, my son included, just light up when they see their "morahs" ("teachers"). My son had some potty accidents when he started school and the teachers were really patient and coached him through it. The school is well run and we receive a lot of communication about their goings on, including a short report card everyday about how much your kid ate, whether or not they used the potty, what their favorite activity was, and if they need any of their school supplies replenished (extra clothing, nap essentials, smock, etc...). The school also has a rich curriculum of Jewish early childhood education without feeling in any way exclusionary or isolated. There is a school wide Shabbat and a Hanukkah party. The families are of various backgrounds and observance levels and there is a really warm community of families. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? Maybe
Review Submitted via Fall 2015 Daycare/Preschool SurveyPROGRAM: Park Slope TIME: 5 full days and early and after care AGE: 3-4 years REVIEW: Our son loves Chai Tots. All of the Morahs (teachers) are warm and engaging. It is an extremely intimate and nuturing environment. I am a working parent so I take advantage of the early care (8am) and after care (can stay until 6, except for Fridays). There also are very few times where the parents are expected to be at the school during the day. I find that I really appreciate this as a working parent because I don't have to feel bad that I can't be there for a show, celebration etc. bc the parents aren't expected to be there. There are some nice events that they sponser in the evenings (Shabbat dinner, sukkot party, Chanukah show, Moms and Morahs night out) that let's us feel connected to the school. Our son has learned so much since his time there and really feels proud to be Jewish. He loves bringing home his challah each Friday that they make and asks to light Shabbat candles. It has been a nice way to bring more Judaism into our house and we have learned a lot as well. He is even learning some basic Hebrew words and phrases. Our son is happy to go to school each day and happy and smiling when I pick him up each day! WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? Absolutely
Review Submitted via Fall 2015 Daycare/Preschool SurveyPROGRAM: Park Slope TIME: Part Days, 3 days/week AGE: 2-3 years REVIEW: We have had a great experience so far with Chai Tots. This is our son's first year and he immediately took to the teachers and his class. Everyday he learns something new and it's great to see him forming new social relationships. I'm very happy with the program thus far. I will say though that there is a lot of religion worked into the curriculum so if you are not Jewish you will have to be ok with your child learning all about Judaism! WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? Maybe
2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP reviewProgram: Toddler class Length of time: full day 5 days a week Child’s Age: 1-2 years Type of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachersThere is little/no parental involvement with the administration or running of the facility. REVIEW: Our daughter had a wonderful experience at Chai Tots last year. Her teachers were incredibly caring, she always came home with new and interesting projects that reflected what they were learning that week, and the school kept us updated on the class' activities through a weekly blog. There were daily sheets home (letting us know if she napped, ate her lunch, etc.) and twice yearly parent-teacher conferences. The ratio of kids to teachers was about 4:1 in her class. The school's hours were only 9am-3pm, but there was precare (8am-9am) and aftercare (3pm-6pm, except on Fridays) for an additional fee. There is no school/camp in the summer at this location, so we had to find alternate child care for the summer. Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP reviewChai Tots Program: Length of time: Full days, 5 days/week Child’s Age: 2-3 years Type of facility: Privately run daycare/preschool with multiple classes and teachersThere is little/no parental involvement with the administration or running of the facility. REVIEW: We love Chai Tots and feel so lucky to have found it. The teachers are deeply caring and invested in the kids' development. As a family with one Jewish parent and one non-Jewish parent, we are happy to have him learn about Jewish holidays and songs, but without any pressure to be more religious. They are welcoming to families of all faiths. The facility is charming, with a nice outdoor play area in the backyard. They try to get the kids outside everyday. They make efforts to help parents and families get to know each other through events planned outside of school, which I really appreciated. Parent-teacher conferences were also very enlightening and heartening. One of my favorite aspects was the weekly blog update, where we got to see photos of our son learning and playing throughout the week. Most importantly, I felt that my son was in a safe and nurturing place during his time Chai Tots! Would you recommend? Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP reviewLength of Time: Full Time Child's Age: 3-4 years Review: Our child has been at Chai Tots (Park Slope location) for the past three years and it has been a wonderful experience for him and our family. We are a queer interfaith family and have always felt respected and welcomed. First and foremost, the school is a warm and loving environment for little kids and big(ger) kids alike. Children are looked after by the school as a whole. Teacher dole out tons of hugs and praise. I always loved that when my child was sick, his classmates and teacher would call to sing a get well song, every time. It always made him feel better. The school is well organized - there are always email/print reminders for upcoming events and deadlines, weekly class notes/blog posts/pictures, parent meet-ups. Teachers are accessible. Classes are small, and teacher-to-child ratios are unbeatable. The kids do a TON of wonderful art-based projects. They create, they sing, they play, they even cook (and frequently!). New manipulatives are introduced weekly for the younger set. Learning is woven into all class activities and is fun. The whole school generally follows a set curriculum for the year. This includes different topics every ~ two weeks (animals, holidays, the environment). Teaches tailor weekly/daily activities and field trips accordingly. Jewish culture and Jewish faith is obviously a central part of the school and the school day. They prepare for Shabbat - cook, clean, pray, etc. There are a few drawbacks, but these are mostly minor in my mind. They include a constantly changing set of teachers (who marry/get pregnant), and, intermittently, a bit of outdated curriculum content (e.g., Thanksgiving pilgrims & Indians). Also, I have adored all of my son's teachers, but I am not sure all of them are well suited to handle children with significant special needs. That said, our son thinks every day is a great day at school. During breaks, he wakes up every morning asking if it is a school day yet. He loves it, and we do too. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP reviewProgram: Windsor Terrace Length of Time: Full and part time Child's Age: 3-4 years Review: This is a warm and loving school with a fun and arts based curriculum. They have a nice backyard for outdoor play and they have various classes over the week (zumba, yoga, gym stars). Classrooms are fun and engaging. The teachers are young and inexperienced, more like older sisters, but sweet and loving. The senior staff aren't that friendly or helpful but they do run a tight ship. They are always asking for donations. They do not provide feedback about child's progress. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend Would you send your child again? Maybe
2014 Summer Camp ReviewProgram: Age of Child: 2 Likes: Sweet and kind teachers. Great activities. Age appropriate. What would you change? Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Recommend Do you have any other information to add?
2014 Summer Camp ReviewProgram: Age of Child: 4 Likes: He loved going and was happy to be there every day. They spent plenty of time outdoors in the play area (in the baby pool, which he loved) and at the park. They had soccer instructors from Super Soccer Stars and another place do two week sessions 1-2x per week, which he also loved. They also did a bunch of baking/cooking projects and sent him home at the end of the summer with a decorated box with recipes. The Morahs / instructors were all very nice and loving. There was a weekly blog with photos and descriptions of all of the fun things they were doing. What would you change? Only thing I would change is make it go further into the summer. Camp ended on August 1, which leaves an entire month before school starts again. Would have been nice to have a second session or a longer session for kids still around in August. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add?
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: Nursery Length of time: 3 Full Days Child's age: 4-5 years Review: Our son has attended Chai Tots for 3 years, and each year has been better than the last. He loves his teachers, and they truly love him back. The teachers have a nice curriculum this year, with each week focused on a dual theme of (1) a letter of the alphabet and (2) incorporating that letter into a theme about the community (weather, seasons, family). The school brings in music, dance, yoga instructors; they have formal field trips as well as informal walks across the street into Prospect Park. Parents get a weekly newsletter covering the curriculum of the week (complete with photo album), and there are two parent-teacher conference each year. Truly a lovely school community. We're thrilled with our sons' progress, the friends he made, and we'll miss Chai Tots now that we're graduating to Kindergarten. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: Toddler class Length of time: M,W, F half days Child's age: 2-3 years Review: We've been very happy with the toddler program at Chai Tots and are sending him back next year for three full days. We like that they had a different focus each week with art projects, stories, etc. centered around that theme. There is plenty of time for the kids to play, too, including outdoor time. They bake together every Friday, too, which is nice. Our son learned to play more independently and compromise with others when it comes to sharing. He was always happy to go to school. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Recommend
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: Pre-K Length of time: Full days, 5 days Child's age: older than 5 Review: The school is Jewish , but the lessons taught are secular. My daughter loved going there and the teachers were great. The teachers and director always listened to my concerns and helped me through some issues going on at home. My daughter made friends there that she still has today and now that she is 8, she talks about it longingly. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
(no subject)Review Date 2012 Program: Length of TIme: Full Days, 5 days/week Child's Age: 3-4 years Review: Excellent school, highly recommend it. Teachers were caring, skilled, loving, enthusiastic about inspiring the kids, and my daughter LOVED going to school every day. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
(no subject)PROGRAM: Junior Nursery Length of Time: 3 half days 3-4 years This is our son's second year with Chai Tots. All of the teachers and assistants have been uniformly warm and engaging, and also well-prepared with a thoughtful lesson plan that keeps our son excited about school. They have a nice classroom setup: every room has a corner or area designated for a particular aspect of the class agenda, and they do a nice job of personalizing each room for the kids, with pictures of each student in their cubby area, as well as pictures of every student's family. The classrooms are clean and well-cared for. They integrate music, dance, yoga, and other arts and physical activities into their educational curriculum. We receive daily notes on our son's activities, and the teacher sends out a weekly newsletter summarizing the curriculum for the week just past, as well as an album of photos taken that week. We have formal parent teacher conferences 2x a year. We haven't had to deal with any significant "difficult" situations, but certainly when we've had questions or minor concerns the teachers and administrators are responsive. Another nice touch is that just before each school year, the two teachers for the class come to your home to meet your child, play with him/her a bit, and talk to the parents. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
(no subject)PROGRAM: Nursery group Length of Time: 5 days a wk from 9am to 3pm 3-4 years This is our 3rd yr with chai tots but are first yr at the park slope location. We were at the prospect heights location for 2 yrs prior. The teachers are amazing, warm and loving. The education philosophy is play based and my girls look forward to school each day. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
(no subject)Length of Time: full time 3-4 years My daughter has been at the Chai Tots in Windsor Terrace for 3 years. The classes are small and communication with parents is great. In the younger classes, there are daily notes about nap, lunch, and potty. There are also weekly newsletters in all the classes, as well as pictures sent home each week. There are two conferences a year but teachers are open to meeting at other times and available by email. The classroom for the older kids is very small but they do use the space well. There is a nice outdoor area in the back. For the most part the teachers are incredibly loving and warm. It is definitely religious. Many of the families come from mixed marriages but you need to be comfortable with how much talk about religion and god there is. They bring in outside teachers to do music, gymnastics, yoga and zumba with the kids. They also do a lot of baking - they bake challah every Friday but also other things throughout the week. As the kids get older, they do a lot with literacy and letter sounds. It is done in a fun hands on way but personally I wish there was less of that. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
(no subject)PROGRAM: Junior pre K Length of Time: 3 full days per week 2-3 years3-4 years We love Chai Tots, very warm, cozy, educationa program.love the whole community feel of it and although it's a Jewish program there is no judgement or pressure to be more religious. My son loves his teachers and I feel confident dropping him off that he is in good and loving hands. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
(no subject)PROGRAM: Nursery Length of Time: Full 5 days 3-4 years This year's teachers have been extremely nurturing, full of energy and engaging. Teachers are great at easing transition to school at drop off, offer choices to facilitate independence, and encourage creativity and learning though play. It is a highly religious school and Jewish teachings, prayers, etc and incorporated into everything that they do. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
(no subject)Length of Time: 2 1/2 days a week 2-3 years Love the daily slips that give a little overview of the day including how much they eat etc. The teachers are extremely warm and loving and are very responsive when contacted. My daughter sometimes gets upset when she doesn't have school! They are constantly working on arts and crafts projects and even though she only goes 2 mornings a week she comes home knowing new songs and other new things about holidays, seasons etc. We had a very easy time with transition which I think was supported by the at home visit by the teacher before the school year started in addition to an orientation day. Do You Recommend? Highly recommend (Review date: December, 2011)
Review from PSP Survey, 2010Name of Program: 5 full days a week KID AGE:2-3 years Skill and energy of teachers is outstanding Philosophy of pre-school is a learning and caring environment The facility is child centered The school dealt perfectly with transitions and behavior difficulties. Highly Recommend/Recommend or Do Not Recommend?--Highly recommend Review Date: Fall 2010
Review from PSP Survey, 2010KID AGE:1-2 years Loving, caring teachers. My child really learned a lot. Emphasis on modeling good behavior and kindness. My kid had a really great experience. Highly Recommend/Recommend or Do Not Recommend?--Highly recommend Review Date: Fall 2010
Review from PSP Survey, 2010Name of Program:Toddler Class Full days, 5 days per week KID AGE:1-2 years We have had a phenomenal experience. There are two teachers per class. The Toddler class has 7 children. The teachers visit your home before the school year to get to know your child and to complete an art project with them that the children will see on their first day. They do a good job with transitioning the children to the program. Days are predictable, very engaging, and include both free and structured activities. They send toddler reports home every day and a newsletter and link to a picasa gallery with photos from the week on Friday. You can see from the photos how much fun the kids have and how much they're learning. Teachers are extremely responsive to questions, concerns, and feedback. Highly Recommend/Recommend or Do Not Recommend?--Highly recommend Review Date: Fall 2010
(no subject)My two kids have gone to the Park Slope location -- my older son for 3 years, my younger one for 1 year (he's in the junior nursery class now). The school provides a very loving and warm environment for children. The teachers are extremely caring and I have never felt any concern about leaving my kids with them for the day. Sarah Hecht, the principal, is very responsive and very experienced. The days off for the Jewish holidays are a pain, but really only for the first month or so. (March, 2010)
(no subject)My daughter has been going to the prospect heights location of Chai Tots for 3 years now. She started in the toddler class and now is in the pre-k class. My son is in the toddler class there now this year. I can't say enough good things about it. It has allowed my daughter to grow and thrive and my son loves it as well. The teachers are warm and loving...every single one of them! The director is amazing!! It's almost sad that my daughter will not be returning next year, since they don't have K. (March, 2010)
(no subject)I had my daughter at Chai Tots for four years and my son is now in his third year, both full time starting at 18 months. I can't say enough good things about it - they are warm, loving, totally responsible, and excellent educators. If you want your kids in a Jewish preschool, you can't ask for better. We have made terrific friends with other families, the mothers all help each other, and my kids never once complained about going to school. My daughter goes to the Chai Tots Park Slope location and she loves it. She is in the junior nursery class now but we started with the toddler class. All the teachers are very warm and loving and they do a lot of stuff there - yoga, music, learn abc very young, etc. There is a lot of vacation days with the secular holidays and jewish holidays. While we are observant and take off for the jewish holidays anyway, there are times when it seems like a lot - especially in the fall and then again in the winter. Last year we had a babysitter who was very flexible so that helped with the days off. But overall, it is a very good program with sweet teachers. Bottom line is my daughter is happy and so are we. (March, 2010)
(no subject)I have found the days off to be no more than public school. They don't give off Columbus day, veterans' day and things like that...unless the jewish holidays have all fallen on weekends. I find that my kids have no more days than public school, just different days! (Reviewed 3/10)
(no subject)My child is in the toddler class at the Prospect Heights Chai Tots. I have nothing to compare it to (this is my first experience a parent with a child in preschool) - but we've been really happy with Chai Tots simply because my daughter LOVES school. She has yoga, does fun art projects, makes cookies...fun things I want my toddler to do. Her teacher is absolutely wonderful. The other teacher is also great, but newer so I have less experience with her. The atmosphere is really warm. On the downside, there is a lot of time off - since they take both Jewish holidays and regular school holidays. The commute for us is really long, and can be hard in bad weather. And there is a bus. (Recommended 3/10)