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Baby & Toddler Programs

Early Explorers

Beginning in September, come with your 18-30 month old Toddler to EARLY EXPLORERS.  The class will be on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 – 11:00 am, for a fun, nurturing playgroup experience that is a stepping stone for the preschool years. 

Education in early childhood guides the way for success in school. Kids thrive when they are in a stimulating, enriching environment with supportive and caring individuals. This class allows children to explore the world through their senses. This fun, nurturing experience is a stepping stone for the pre-school years. The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-11am. The program provides flexibility to meet the individual needs of the children and their families. Children will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities including art, music, story-telling, movement, the Jewish holidays, and the joy of play and socialization. The design of the class addresses the emotional needs of our youngest students. We look forward to a year of exploration and growth. 

Once children have successfully separated from a parent or caregiver, this will become a drop off program. As always, separation will be approached with each family individually. Children must be at least two years of age and comfortable separating from their grownup. If you have questions or would like your "Early Explorer" to attend, please use our Online Inquiry form by clicking here so we may discuss if it is appropriate for your child, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with a registration form. We will respond within 48 hours.

As members, Early Exploers' families will have the opportunity to participate in early decision into the Nursery School.

Toddler Time

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. We are excited to offer Toddler Time. This class provides a developmentally appropriate play experience. Bring your 14 to 24 month old toddlers to move and explore the world in a warm, welcoming Jewish environment that engages all of their developing senses with creative, age appropriate activities. The joy of play and socialization will be enhaced through movement, art, music, and story time. Children will celebrate Shabbat on Thursdays and are also invited to our school wide Shabbat on Fridays from 11-11:30 am. Songs and activites for the Jewish holidays will be integrated into the class.

As synagogue members, your family will have the ability to enroll your child in the Nursery School through our Early Decision Policy for the following year.

Lil Yogis

Friday mornings from 10:15 to 10:45 am. For ages 18 months to 30 months, with parent or caregiver. This class will incorporate fun, playful, and creative ways for children to exercise explore their mind, body, and spirit. The use of animal poses and stretches will promote strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. Breathing and visualization techniques help teach children to relax, focus, and develop self-control. Children are invited to stay for our school-wide Rock Shabbat from 11:00--11:30 am with Parent or Caregiver, following Lil Yogis.

Baby/Toddler Book Club

Bring your child to the Baby/Toddler Book Club, ages newborn to 2 years old. This fun and engaging first literacy class is taught by our Nursery School Librarian, Vivien Gordon. Join us for a plethora of book themed interactive experiences using stories, music, singing, movement, finger plays, puppets, and story boards.

Jam with Jamie

Jam with Jamie at Congregation Habonim is a 45 minute class of interactive music and movement.


Please email Ann Obsatz at or call at 212-787-5347 ext. 123 for more information or to RSVP to a program.

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