The Billy Dalwin Pre-School of Temple Emunah is a vibrant, warm and welcoming place for children ages two to five years old to learn and have fun. Daily curriculum provides an innovative and hands-on approach to learning that blends engaging Judaic and secular classroom activities tailored to the interests, abilities and needs of our students.
Our classes are offered on a School Year schedule (early September to mid-June). We follow the Lexington Public Schools holiday schedule, with additional days off for certain Jewish holidays. Children may participate in a Half Day (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) or Full Day (9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) program. Because we recognize that each family’s needs differ, the Pre-School offers flexible Extended Hours options (from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. daily and 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday). We also offer additional coverage via Vacation Week camps and a six-week Summer Camp program.
Teachers provide opportunities every day for students to explore their interests and expand their skills through individual projects, as well as plenty of time to jump, sing, giggle, paint, and learn together with friends. Careful attention is given to nurturing each child’s own curiosity and intellectual development with an eye toward eventually building a smooth transition to kindergarten.
As an inclusive program, the school welcomes children with special needs and values the diversity of backgrounds and observances of our preschool families. Children do not need to be toilet-trained in order to attend the Pre-School. The school is overseen by a longtime professional staff in cooperation with a dedicated volunteer board of directors made up of Billy Dalwin Pre-School parents and Temple Emunah members.
The Billy Dalwin Pre-School is uniquely positioned to serve members of Temple Emunah as well as Temple Isaiah and the greater Lexington community. The Pre-School is an integral part of Temple Emunah and has direct access to the resources and resource people of the Temple (visit the Temple Emunah website). At the same time the BDPS functions as a community school, serving interfaith families, families with other synagogue affiliations, and families with no synagogue affiliation. Our families come from many communities including Lexington and ten other nearby towns. The Billy Dalwin Pre-School embraces all family structures, including families headed by 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.