Beth El Nursery School
We appreciate this opportunity to acquaint you with Beth El Nursery School’s goal and program whether you are a first time visitor, know us through relatives or friends, or already have children enrolled.  Our school is a community school licensed by the State of Connecticut, and welcomes children of all backgrounds and faiths.

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Our Goal

The goal of our program is to introduce your child to the school experience in a positive way so that he/she will think of school as a pleasant and comfortable place to learn, feel good about him/herself and become confident about his/her abilities.  Our primary interest is in the growth and well being of each child as a special and unique individual. We focus upon helping children to develop independence and competence through successful learning experiences.  Our carefully designed curriculum is developmentally appropriate and consistent with this age group’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive needs and abilities.  The teachers prepare the classroom environment for learning through active exploration and interaction with staff, other children and materials.

Our Program

Our program provides for growth and awareness in all areas of a child’s development.  Our activities relate to the physical, emotional, social and cognitive aspects in a way that is relevant to the lives of young children.  All of the children are exposed to a wide range of developmentally appropriate ideas and activities allowing them to learn at their own rate in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere.  They have the opportunity to experience varied activities designed to promote development in language, motor and self-help skills, socialization, body image, stories, music and art.  We also seek to acquaint the children with the community by inviting special visitors to our school such as fire fighters, police officers, dentists, doctors, etc.  The curriculum for three year olds emphasizes language, simple projects, activities and movement involving large motor skills.  The four year olds enjoy a greater variety of experiences and more small motor activities.  They are also given more opportunity to develop basic mathematical, reading readiness and problem-solving skills.  Some four, and many five year olds, combine ideas into more complex relationships which allow them to succeed still further with beginning reading, writing and mathematical concepts.

Our program incorporates various themes of interest to nursery school children such as colors, shapes, animals, etc.  We also learn about some national and Jewish holidays.  A healthful snack time, indoor play time, and weather permitting, outdoor play time are important parts of our school day.  We ask that snacks be Kosher since the nursery school is utilizing synagogue facilities.  Snacks should also contain no nut products in order to protect the children from nut allergies.

Nursery school children

Our Facilities

Our school utilizes the spacious facilities of Congregation Beth El Synagogue.  These facilities include our large and cheerful nursery school rooms.  In addition, the children enjoy the new playground built for the nursery school.  It includes swings, slides, a fire truck, climbing equipment, rocking animals, etc. specifically designed for three to five year olds.

BENS Directors

Our Directors:

Patricia Sammataro earned her

B. S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. Patty worked for one year as a teacher’s aide at Beth El Nursery School before joining the teaching staff in September 1993.
For many years she volunteered her time and creative talents at local public and religious schools. She is married and has two grown sons and two grandchildren.

Anna Bakken earned a B. S. degree in Nursing from Idaho State University. Anna was an active member of the PTA where she volunteered many hours chairing events and creating bulletin boards. She also volunteers a lot of her time to the youth sports. She substituted at Beth El Nursery School and joined the staff in 2007. Anna is married and the mother of two sons. Patty and Anna became the directors at Beth El Nursery School in July 2014.


Morning and afternoon programs are available as follows:

  • Morning Programs: Two, three or five days per week from 9:00 AM-11:30 AM.

Click here for the Nursery School Schedule for 2016-2017.

Tuition is based on a yearly fee, (September through June) and can be paid in advance.  If it is more convenient, tuition can be paid in nine monthly installments, with each installment due on the first of each month beginning September 1st.   One month’s tuition is due upon registration to reserve a place for your child and will be applied as your June tuition payment.  The yearly tuition fee is divided into equal payments for convenience and does not depend on the number of days in attendance.  The school calendar is adjusted to reflect approximately the same number ofschool days in each year.  Tuition is non-refundable regardless of attendance. Click here for REGISTRATION FORM.


Beth El Nursery School is pleased to offer an extended hours program called Lunch Bunch!

Children enrolled in this program attend their regular morning classes from nine to eleven-thirty.  At eleven-thirty, the Lunch Bunch will meet in one classroom for additional playtime, lunch (brought from home), story time, projects, songs and fun until dismissal at one o’clock. We ask that the lunches be meatless in observance of the synagogue’s dietary laws.  Afternoon students may join the fun from eleven-thirty to twelve-thirty at which time they would be escorted to their class.

The Lunch Bunch is an optional addition to our regular program.  Parents may choose to enroll their child for one, two, three, four or five days by completing the Lunch Bunch registration form.  The form, along with the first month’s Lunch Bunch tuition, should be submitted prior to the month you would like your child to begin.  Lunch Bunch tuition is in addition to the regular nursery school tuition.  The Lunch Bunch schedule will follow the Beth El Nursery School schedule. Click here for LUNCH BUNCH REGISTRATION FORM.

For further information or to schedule an appointment with Patty or Anna, please call the Beth El Office at 860-442-0418.  We look forward to hearing from you, welcoming the opportunity to show you our school and answering any questions you may have.