Frequently Asked Questions
How did the Pre-School get its name, who was Billy Dalwin?
The Billy Dalwin Pre-School was named in loving memory of Billy Dalwin, the 12 year old son of Bruce & Naomi Dalwin, who tragically died in 1988. Billy was a caring young man and particularly sensitive to those who needed extra or special assistance. He will always be remembered for his love of people and sense of justice at such a young age. The Billy Dalwin Memorial Fund for Pre-School Education was created in September 1990 by Billy’s grandmother, Mrs. Clarice Pressner, to support the development of an inclusive Pre-School at Temple Emunah. For many years the Pressner family generously contributed to the Pre-School’s programming and operating funds.
Do I have to be a member of Temple Emunah to enroll my child?
No, the Billy Dalwin Pre-School welcomes families with and without Temple affiliation, from many diverse styles of observance and background.
Can I enroll my child if I am not Jewish or my spouse is not Jewish?”
Certainly, we welcome families of diverse backgrounds, religious traditions, and cultures. All are welcome.
My child comes from a non-traditional family. Will s(he) feel welcome at the Billy Dalwin Pre-School?
The Billy Dalwin Pre-School embraces all family structures, including same-sex couples and single parents. We strive to be LGBT inclusive, as well as thoughtful in our support of the diversity of families that are part of our community.
Do you accept children with special needs?
Yes, our staff works on an individual basis with families who have children with special needs to determine the services that each child requires. We collaborate with families to provide services needed on site or recommend additional support services from organizations and specialists outside the school as well. In addition to partnering with the department of special education from local public schools, the Billy Dalwin Pre-School also receives consulting services from the Gateways Access to Jewish Education consortium.
Do children have to be toilet-trained to attend the Pre-School?
No, there is no pressure to meet a deadline with toilet training. Staff will assist each child with toileting needs and work with families to transition from diapers to more independent toileting with kindness and patience.
Do I need to send a snack with my child?
Each family will send a peanut & nut-free snack for their own child to enjoy midway through the morning. Parents should send an additional peanut & nut-free snack for children who are enrolled in our afternoon program.
How does the school staff manage children’s needs with food allergies or other special dietary restrictions?
The Pre-School teachers and administrative staff have many years of experience and training keeping kids safe who have food allergies and other specific dietary restrictions. Working on an individual basis with families, staff will create a plan that will keep all children safe and included in every aspect of classroom programming. Staff is well trained should any allergy-related emergency arise.
Do you offer a program for children who need an extra year before kindergarten?
Yes, several of our students in the Pilonim (Elephant) class are (and have been) children whose families have chosen to have them remain in preschool for an “extra” year. In class, those students will get a chance to spend more time on the social skills that they may need to strengthen, as well as be challenged through games and activities to support and grow their learning level.
How much of the curricular activities are Jewish?
The Billy Dalwin Pre-School experience is a vibrant preschool program enhanced by creative Jewish learning methods. Most days the children will be exposed to a wide-range of activities: drawing and painting, block building, dress-up and imaginary play, games and story-telling, playground time, etc. The Jewish learning piece can appear in a variety of ways including: a weekly Shabbat sing-a-long, building a graham cracker Sukkah for Sukkot, braiding hallah, or watching a lively puppet show about the Purim story, for example.
Can I enroll my child in your summer program even if (s)he attends a different preschool during the year?
Yes, our summer program is not exclusive to the children enrolled during the school year. Several of our campers are from other areas of the country here visiting grandparents for the summer, or are kids enrolled in other programs locally during the school year.