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Shoresh Preschool welcomes children of all religions, races, and family styles. Our student body comes from Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair and surrounding communities attending our program. Individualized attention and the ability to provide a nurturing safe environment is made possible by our small class sizes and low teacher /student ratio. Our highly qualified and experienced teachers and assistants love what they do and understand the developmental needs of the children they teach. This allows each child to develop at their own rate in a comfortable and nurturing environment.

Our preschool classes begin at age 2 and continue through age 5. We also offer Parent/Child classes for ages 15 months through 23 months. These classes cater to our youngest population and provide age appropriate activities that will transition the children into our two year old program.

Our curriculum is play based. It is through play that children strengthen and develop their social emotional skills, which is essential for learning. It is through play that children develop early literacy skills, number concepts and cognitive skills, in a warm and nurturing setting. The curriculum also includes art, music, movement, cooking, science and nature. Children learn best through play and exploration of their environment. Through hands-on learning experiences the children become active, curious and creative learners. Judaism is integrated throughout our program. We celebrate the Jewish holidays and we come together as a school on Fridays to celebrate Shabbat. We encourage the development of a positive Jewish identity and Jewish values, helping others. We are inclusive and welcoming of children in all faiths and backgrounds in our program. 

Shoresh 2021 Safety Guidelines

Shoresh Parent Handbook 2021

Welcome from Wendy, Shoresh Preschool Director

Welcome to Shoresh Preschool! Each school year is a new beginning in the educational process, providing an opportunity to open doors to the future and helping children to experience their first educational adventures. Our goal is to nurture and strengthen each child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive abilities in a warm, secure, and caring environment.

Our preschool is appropriately named “Shoresh” the Hebrew word for roots. Establishing strong roots helps to build the foundation upon which children can grow and flourish. With a close partnership between home and school the possibilities are endless.

Come visit Shoresh Preschool Temple Ner Tamid and it will be my pleasure to give you a tour and introduce you to our dedicated staff of professionals.
973-338-1500 ext. 7

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Shoresh offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of our families. We offer extended morning hours for working parents as well as after-school hours. Our afternoon enrichment classes offer you the option of a longer school day with a different enrichment class each day of the week for our three’s and four’s.

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the whole child. We ensure that the children experience a balance in scheduling, which includes independent play, group activities and quiet time. The classrooms are set up with different centers to give the children the opportunity to choose their play area. Some of their choices include dramatic play, painting at the easel, book corner, blocks, manipulatives, playdoh, and a writing and coloring table. As the children experience these different centers, they are working on so many important skills. They are learning how to use their imaginations, express ideas, cooperate with others, make decisions, develop hand-eye coordination, improve their fine motor skills, and become problem solvers.

Shoresh Preschool Offers:

  • Full and part-time classes for 2, 3 & 4 year olds
  • Afternoon enrichment programs
  • Early breakfast club drop-off and extended day options are available.
  • Parent/Child classes
  • Shabbat and holiday celebrations for children and parents
  • Weekly music specialist
  • Weekly movement specialist
  • Affordable rates and flexible payment plans
  • Summer Camp program


Shoresh Preschool features a first-rate facility designed to allow learning through play and exploration. Bright, cheerful colors are present in classrooms and hallways, with bulletin boards displaying children artwork of current lessons and seasonal celebrations.

Our outdoor playground features a large-sized jungle gym, playhouse, sand box and creative climbing equipment. Inside, students enjoy a fully equipped play area, filled with age-appropriate toys, riding equipment and much more.

Shoresh Preschool boasts a state-of-the-art building security system which provides each family with a special code for facility access during school hours. Please call the preschool office for more information or to arrange a private tour of our facilities.





What Parents Are Saying

"Shoresh is hands down the most loving and nurturing environment for children we have found- including what we had in Brooklyn. Our eldest (5) and youngest (2) both have attended. Our eldest entered Kindergarten with all the skills necessary to adjust to the public school environment. They are amazing at teaching developmentally appropriate material in a way the children want to learn, through ample time to play. The Director, Wendy, is very involved in the children's day and is incredibly available to parents. They host a number of community gathering events so we feel connected even beyond the school to our larger community. And we are not Jewish, and have never felt like we needed to be in order to be fully connected. It's an incredibly inclusive environment which makes us want to be even more involved. Our girls have loved it here. As parents, we have loved everything about it as well." - Suzy G.

"I love this preschool! The teachers are loving and engaging.  We are now about to start our 4th child at Shoresh and I can't imagine sending her anywhere else. I always felt supported and listened to as a new mom and now I feel valued as I've learned so much along the way.  I wish that I could attend Shoresh!" - Allison G.

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PJ Library

PJ Library is a free program that mails your child a wonderful, age-appropriate Jewish children’s book or CD every month. PJ Library is available to any family raising Jewish children from 6 months through 8 years old, whether affiliated, unaffiliated, interfaith, or non-traditional.

PJ Library in Greater MetroWest NJ is more than just the books! Once you subscribe you’ll be in the loop on all the Jewish holiday celebrations, mitzvah activities, and special programs we host throughout the year. You’ll also have access to our constantly updated JFamily Calendar and receive our monthly e-newsletter filled with information on family events and resources throughout the Greater MetroWest NJ area. Events are open to all and are a great way to connect with other families.

Children with special needs who are older than 7 who would benefit from our books are also welcome to receive a PJ Library subscription. Call (973) 929-3128 to enroll.

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Shoresh Leadership

Wendy Blum
Shoresh Preschool Director
WBlum {at}
973-338-1500 ext. 120

Marie Dieterle
Assistant to the Director
973-338-1500 ext. 116
Debbie Kravitz
Vice President for Shoresh Preschool
Shara Miller
Samantha Nowak
Meredith Levine
Shoresh Parent Committee
Susan D'Andrea
Preschool Assistant
Cindy Narad
Preschool Assistant

2's Teachers

Morah Pam
Lead Teacher

Morah Pamela
Lead Teacher
Morah Jenna
Lead Teacher


Morah Holli
Assistant Teacher


Morah Subrena
Assistant Teacher


Morah Dom
Assistant Teacher

3's Teachers


Morah Janeth
Lead Teacher


Morah Cynthia
Lead Teacher


Morah Danielle
Lead Teacher


Morah Melissa
Assistant Teacher


Morah Roxanne
Assistant Teacher


Morah Val
Assistant Teacher


Morah Cathy
Lead Teacher




Morah Sandy
Assistant Teacher



4's Teachers


Morah Sue
Lead Teacher


Morah Maria
 Lead Teacher


Morah Kate
 Lead Teacher


Morah Hilda
Assistant Teacher


Morah Danielle
Assistant Teacher


Morah Toni
Assistant Teacher

Shoresh Summer Fun Camp

The benefits of socializing, exercising, playing, and learning are instrumental to your child's development.

Our priority is to provide fun and exciting programming in the safest and most effective way possible. While we will be spending most of the time outdoors, indoors aspects include daily arrival, rainy day activities, table time activities, lunch, and dismissal.

Indoor camp activities will follow all safety protocols and be held in our upstairs classrooms, large recreational space (bike room), and our social hall. When outdoors, we will have full use of our large covered playground (minus our playhouse and sandbox), our expansive lawn area for water fun, our nature log circle, and our tented courtyard.

We aim to be the safest possible place for your children to be outside of their home while having the most fun with peers.

You can look forward to:
  • 4 Weeks of Safe Summer Themed Fun
  • Low Ratio of Children to Teachers: Maximum 10:2
  • Outdoor Play:
    • Splash Mats and Sprinklers
    • Soccer, Kickball, T-ball
    • Relay Races
    • Shaded Playground
    • Movement
  • Indoor Play: 
    • Bikes and Scooters
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Manipulatives and Toys
    • Storytelling/Books

Review Shoresh Summer Fun Camp's Guidelines and Safety Protocols

Register for Shoresh Summer Fun Camp 2021!!

Questions? Reach out to our Shoresh Preschool Director, Wendy Blum, at or 973-338-1500 ext. 120


Shoresh Preschool

Strong Roots. Thriving Children.

Fri, October 22 2021 16 Cheshvan 5782