Preschool Director - Diana Snaider
Diana Snaider joined Temple Beth Torah in January 2023 as Preschool Director. She grew up and resides in Melville with her husband, Andrew, daughter, Ashley, son, Justin, and her dog, Oliver. She has experience in preschool, elementary education, and special education. For the past 10 years she worked at Temple Beth Israel Preschool in Port Washington as a UPK teacher for 4 years and as director for over 5 years. She also worked at Blue Ridge sleep-away camp in Equinunk, PA as a Group Head for 10 summers. Diana earned a BA in Communications at the University of Wisconsin. She continued to receive her Masters in Elementary Education N-6 at Hunter College and earned her certificate in special education from birth-6th grade at Touro College. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. Diana looks forward to seeing the children’s smiling faces as they walk into the school eager to learn every day.
Any questions please contact Diana:
Philosophy: David Joshua Berg Early Learning Center
To each family enrolled in The David Joshua Berg Early Learning Center at Temple Beth Torah, we make a commitment to provide your child with a safe, secure and loving environment. We believe that the early childhood years should be a time of fun, discovery, and encouragement.
Our program includes experiences in early literacy, creative arts, science, math, social studies, cooking, literature, Jewish culture and tradition, games and large muscle activity. The activities we plan are designed to enhance each child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and to build self-esteem. It is our hope that each child will leave us with a feeling of great self-worth and confidence, and that each family will always remain a part of our temple family.
We have a new outdoor playground and an indoor gym designed specifically for preschoolers. Each class participates in both a weekly movement and music class. In addition, we also offer a lunch program, early drop off, stay and play, and an after-school enrichment program. We offer programs for Pre-Twos, Toddlers, Threes, and Pre-K children.
For more information about registration, please reach out to Diana Snaider or Stacy Becker in the Early Learning Center office at 631-643-1200 Ext. 4
Please print out the registration forms you may need for the upcoming year.
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STEP-UP TWOS (must be 18 months by January to enroll and separate)
Step-Up Twos is designed as a "stepping stone" into our Early Childhood Program. Classes will begin in the fall (September/October) dependent on the Jewish holidays and continue through June (follows the ELC School calendar of closings). The group will meet Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 9:30 -11:00 AM. From September through December an adult is required to stay in class. From January through June, we will “step-up” to a full separation and the class will meet for 2 hours: 9:30 am – 11:30 am. The children will have a morning filled with art, music, stories, gym/playground time, free play, and snack.
PRE-TWOS (18-24 months)
This is a full separation class, a perfect class for those who just miss the cut-off to our toddler program and are ready to separate.
TODDLER (must be two by Dec 31)
Our two-year-old program is designed to ease a child into separation and to learn self-help skills. Children will experience the importance of social and emotional learning and how to be a part of a community. They will learn structure and routine as well as develop their language skills through music, books and flannel board stories. Each day they will enjoy a class morning meeting, craft, snack and lunch with their friends.
The three-year-old child explores the world around themselves and learns to socialize through planned activities and creative play. The first steps are taken in understanding number concepts and reading readiness. Throughout each day children work on fine and gross motor skills using manipulatives and participating in a movement class. Jewish holidays are celebrated through arts and crafts, songs and stories.
Our Pre-K curriculum is designed to maximize the infinite creativity of this age group. Four-year-olds are encouraged to explore and develop their own ideas, as we provide them with the materials and resources in our school environment. We explore the community we live in and learn how to be apart of it. We use Handwriting without Tears and Fundations to enhance our handwriting and literacy programs. Math, science, and art are also a part of our daily schedule.
All students enrolled are entitled to Free PJ Library books*
Click on this link to get to the PJ Library