Thursday, July 02, 2020

Temple Emeth Nursery School

Joyful creativity, playfulness, spirited Jewish celebrations, and developmentally appropriate social learning – this is Temple Emeth Nursery School (TENS).

TENS focuses on the development of the whole child. Our children explore, discover, and learn in a nurturing, safe environment, filled with opportunities to participate in imaginative play, arts and crafts, and science and nature activities. Teachers emphasize the values of fair play, independence, self-discipline, and respect, while helping children develop a positive self-image.

Judaism becomes tangible for our children through music, storytelling, and dramatic play. Children enjoy preparing for Shabbat each week, and observe Jewish holidays both in their classrooms and at community-wide Temple celebrations. A monthly Friday evening Tot Shabbat service brings nursery children together with teachers, family members, and Temple Emeth clergy, and is led by our Music Specialist, Julia Priest.

Parent-teacher communication is essential to the success of nursery school. Parents are encouraged to be involved in our classrooms. In addition to twice yearly parent-teacher conferences, teachers and staff are available on an as-needed informal basis. Parent workshops are offered prior to holidays, and include discussion of how to enhance holiday celebrations at home.

Age Groups and Hours

Temple Emeth Nursery School offers three- and five-morning-a-week programs for 3-year-old children, and a five-morning-a-week program for 4- and 5-year-old children. An Afternoon Enrichment Program* is open to 3-, 4- & 5-year-old children.


Regular Day for preschoolers 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Afternoon Enrichment Program for preschoolers (M-Th) 
12:30-2:00 pm

NEW! For 2013-2014: Optional Extended Hours until 6:00 pm

*Afternoon Enrichment Program

Our Afternoon Enrichment Program is offered to 3, 4 & 5 years olds Monday through Thursday from 12:30-2:00 pm. The program is directed by the morning TENS teachers and begins with a short rest period and story time followed by enrichment activities based on themes for that day. We offer children a supervised afternoon of comfort and security in familiar surroundings centered around high interest themes.

2013-2014 Afternoon Enrichment Program Themes

Monday ~ Games
Tuesday ~ Music
Wednesday ~ Creative Cooking
Thursday ~ Arts Blast

TENS Summer Program

The learning and fun continue in the summer! Activities take place inside and outside as children enjoy our playground and water sprinkler. Our part-time summer program in a safe, happy atmosphere can be the perfect choice for a child not yet ready for a full day of camp, or an ideal opportunity for newcomers to become familiar with our staff and facility. Click here for information, rates and application.

Welcome to Temple Emeth Nursery School, a multicultural Jewish preschool which embraces, nurtures and supports families with young children. Schedule a visit! See for yourself the warm sense of community that distinguishes TENS.  

Amy Salinger, Nursery School Director

Nursery Notes

Perachim (Little Flowers) Shabbat Service
Parents, Grandparents, and Caregivers welcome!
March 22 & 29, April 12, 19, 26
10:30-11:30 am in the Conference Room

We invite you to visit and welcome all inquiries.
Call 617-469-9459 or email for more info.

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For More Info
Read about TENS in our brochure "In a World of 2's, 3's, 4's & 5's."

See our schedule and special events on the 2012-2013 TENS Calendar.

TENS 2013 Summer Camp Program information, rates and application here.

For questions or to schedule a visit contact Amy Salinger, Nursery School Director, at 617-469-9459, or email her at

Nursery School Staff

Amy Salinger
Nursery School Director

Amy joined the Temple Emeth family in 2011. With more than 20 years of teaching and managing experience in a variety of Judaic environments, she brings a wealth of expertise and value to our early childhood and family education programs. Most recently Amy was the preschool director at Temple Beth Am in Framingham.

Amy received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Simmons College and her master's degree in Special Education for Young Children from Wheelock College. She holds a certificate in Jewish Family Education from Hebrew College, as well as Lead Teacher and Preshool Director II certificates from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. One of her special interests is writing stories with Judaic themes for young children.


Jeanne Bylsma
School Office Administrative Assistant

Jeanne joined the Temple Emeth School staff in 2009. She holds an Associate's Degree from Quincy College. Jeanne loves working and interacting with young children and says at Temple Emeth she has found her "dream job." Her skills and ebullient personality enhance the welcoming aura of all our nursery ventures.


TEMPLE EMETH, 194 Grove Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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