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Welcome to Temple Shalom's Nursery School!

Temple Shalom Nursery School (TSNS) is an early childhood center for children ages 18 months through five years old. The learning experience at TSNS is informed by the fundamental Jewish values of community, kindness, respect, strive for knowledge, and justice. Our school also carries the honor of being the first school in Massachusetts certified as a Nature Explore Program.


Interested in the 2024-2025 school year? We would love to meet you! 

Please reach out to Becca Yudkoff at to schedule a tour or click the image below to register for an in-person or virtual tour! 


2023-2024 Calendar (24-25 Calendar Coming Soon)


  • Enrolling ages 18 Months through Pre-K
  • Offering a rich Jewish curriculum, outdoor classrooms, and Nature Explorer certified program
  • Featuring a nurturing learning environment & staff
  • Our day runs  from 9:00-1:00  offering extended day options (7:45 am-5:30 pm, except Friday closing at 3:30)
  • Open to Temple Shalom members and non-members. A tuition discount is available for members.
  • Priority registration available for the eight week Summer Program



Our school is divided into 5 Cohorts, all with their own outdoor classroom (and indoor space if necessary). We have two toddler cohorts and three preschool mixed-age groups.  The main part of the day runs from 9:00-1:00 with extended day options. (see extended day)


Toddler Cohorts:

6 children with 2 teachers 

Preschool Cohorts:

12-14 children with 2 teachers

These ratios support a warm and nurturing educational approach with close individualized attention to every child.


Children develop their capacity to think through communication and dialogue. When children explore, pose questions, or solve problems in partnership with adults and peers, they recognize the “how” of their own thinking. This is the philosophy that guides our nursery school. 

  • Teachers carefully observe, listen, and interact with every child to understand the process of learning.
  • Teachers engage children in meaningful activities that encourage investigation and expand children's interests, curiosity and inquiry.
  • Teachers skillfully combine open-ended explorations with guiding instructions. Teachers encourage children to work together.
  • Collaboration with others builds experience through collective learning. In a community of learners, children appreciate their own abilities, motivation, and grow to value the participation of others. They learn empathy.
  • Teachers document children’s learning through pictures, notes, stories and portfolios.

2024-2025 TUITION

*A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $750 is required upon enrollment


The admissions process for the 2024-2025  school year is as follows:

  •  Registration opens on November 16th for families currently enrolled at Temple Shalom Nursery School.  
  • Starting the week of December 18th, 2023, decisions will be made and communicated to  families who sent their application for enrollment. The decisions are based on availability and priority is given to members of the Temple.  
  • Your application will give you the option of being added to the waiting list for the 2024-2025 school year.
  • A $50 non-refundable/non-transferable application fee is due with each application. Children should be at least 18 months old by September 1st, 2023 to be considered for fall admission. 
  • Temple Member rates require a Temple Shalom Commitment level of at least $1,000 for the year.
  • The application for the 2024-2025 School Year can be found here  or by clicking the link below.
  • For multiple children in a family in the Nursery School, a $300 discount is applied for each child beyond the first one.
  • Please reach out to Becca Yudkoff ( to schedule a tour or with any questions!

Our Values & Beliefs

Jewish tradition emphasizes that each child is born with infinite potential and is an active learner. This belief is central in our practice.

We view education as a process of building thinking relationships with people, ideas, materials, and the self.

We respect children’s rights. We strive to build a school culture which centers on children’s needs, interests, and ideas.

Through play, children deepen their relationships with people, materials, and ideas. They deepen their understanding of the self.

Children benefit from trustful, collaborative relationships .Warm and respectful interactions at the school create a strong sense of community.

Play is a child's right, need, and a biological drive; it is as integral to healthy development as sleep and nutrition.

 Lucy Banerji, Nursery School Director

Lucy has spent her career in the field of early childhood education in a variety of settings. Lucy studied psychology and sociology of childhood at Saratov State University, Russia and holds a doctorate in Sociology of Childhood. She is passionate about children's rights, equity, inclusion and anti-bias curriculum. Lucy's professional experience includes work with preschool children, academic research and teachers' training, including at Tufts University. She has more than 25 years of experience teaching in the classroom, mentoring and coaching teachers, supporting families, collaborating with therapists and directing  early childhood programs. Lucy became director of the Temple Shalom Nursery School in 2017.

Connect with Us!

Interested in learning more about Temple Shalom Nursery School? Please complete the form below and we will be in touch to schedule an introductory conversation.


Join our Team! 

We are hiring Preschool & Toddler Teachers  2023-2024 school year (with an option to work in the summer as well).

To apply, please email your resume to Becca Yudkoff: 



Mon, May 27 2024 19 Iyar 5784