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  • Program teaches parents to raise curious kids – Israeli style

    October 20, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    Idis Arugeta used to come home from a long day of work and stick her toddler in front of the TV. But she said an Israeli-created home visitation program has changed the way she parents.

    Now Arugeta said she sets aside one-on-one time to do things like read with her daughter — and...

  • Burbank shul stunned by rejection of preschool permit, plans appeal

    By Jared Sichel

    September 3, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    With a new rabbi and a growing waiting list for its preschool, Burbank Temple Emanu El has been preparing in recent months for long-awaited growth by seeking the city’s permission to expand its preschool and Hebrew school.

    But when a request to use an adjacent home owned by the...

  • Providing books to Jaffa preschoolers makes Israel stronger

    August 6, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    The children at the Arabic-speaking Ofek preschool in Jaffa spent a lot of time this past year thinking about a mouse named Samsoum, the character in a picture book all the kids have read at home with help from their parents.  

    In class, the kids did a range of Samsoum-related...

  • Pacific Palisades Chabad preschool denied lease extension

    By Jane Ulman

    July 8, 2008 | 4:30 pm

    Public testimony was presented last night's emergency meeting convened by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to consider Chabad of Pacific Palisades' appeal to temporarily extend its preschool lease at Temescal Gateway Park. Credit: Robert Garcia/The City Project

    An eight-to-one...

  • Preschool education gets a new Italian accent

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 5, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    Aah, Italy.

    The mere mention evokes images of lush Tuscan landscapes, museums filled with masterpieces and ... pedagogy?

    The land of Michelangelo and da Vinci is also known for a progressive approach to early childhood education named for the northern Italian town where it started...

  • Preschool Teaching Methods Stir Debate

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Once upon a time, children didn't step into a classroom until kindergarten. There, 5-year-olds got their first real introduction to ABCs and 123s, colors and shapes and how to share and take turns.

    Today, kindergartners are widely expected to know their letters and numbers before the...

  • Smaller Classes for Smaller Kids

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I want to create a place of wonder," said Lindy Lane-Epstein, who spent the summer attempting to animate her vision for a scaled-down preschool and kindergarten for members of Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom.

    She started with painting in primary colors and moved on to culling...

  • Spinning a Jewish Web

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When preschool teacher Sylvia Rouss noticed a lack of children's literature about Judaism, she did something about it: she wrote the books herself. Rouss, who teaches at Stephen S. Wise Temple, is the author of the popular "Sammy Spider" series, which are widely used in Jewish...

  • Jewish ‘Life’ Comes to Simi

    By Susanna Crosby Perrin

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Having staved off the imminent demise of the area's only Jewish preschool, Simi Valley's Congregation B'nai Emet (CBE) is poised to do far more -- trade land donated to CBE to meet the needs and ensure the future of the area's entire Jewish community.

    Until 1998, the preschool had...

  • Letters to the Editor

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Westside JCC

    The problems at the Westside Jewish Community Center (WJCC) have been a recurring theme over the past few years ("In the Center of Controversy," Sept. 22). It is very unfortunate that this prime resource in our community continues to be underutilized. These problems are...

  • Preschool Packs a Rock Solid Rep

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The promise - and problems - are writ small at WJCC's popular pre-school. While the preschool's administration has undergone some instability, parents can not fault the Gibraltar-solid record of the teaching staff. Indeed, Michelle Labgold, the preschool's director, stands behind the...

  • Peewees’ Play House

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    My 3-year-old pulls out a pot and takes the matzo ball mix down from the shelf -- he can reach it in this kitchen, built for people 3 feet and under. He throws in some plastic French fries and an eggplant and serves it to me at the Shabbat table. We've got the challah, the kiddush...
  • Baby Sitters No More

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The first thing that struck me as PresidentClinton unveiled his $21.7 billion child-care proposal last week wasthat it was hardly noticed in our community at all. With the possibleexception of increased child-care tax exemptions, the nation's firstpreschool package won't touch the...