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This program is designed to enhance language and fine motor skill development. The young child learns through play and in the process learns to cooperate, share and be part of a group. The safe atmosphere of our classroom allows the child to try new ideas, practice his skills and foster his sense of self-esteem and self-control. The teachers within these classes will help the child begin to develop good work habits, learn class rules and follow safety routines.  The three year old will be taught through careful guidance, the appropriate techniques of problem solving and conflict resolution.

This program's curriculum is planned to foster discovery, learning, and exploration. The child can choose to work among several centers of interest and to explore the content areas of math, science, language arts, dramatic play and creative art. Jewish content is integrated throughout all the centers of learning. The children are introduced to the letters of the alphabet, number relationships and the written language. They participate in calendar, journal writing, and large and small group teaching experiences.

Hebrew prayers and the study of traditions, rituals and holiday celebrations are interwoven throughout the child's daily schedule. Jewish values and family involvement is stressed as part of the three year old program.


MERYL BENTMAN has been an Early Childhood teacher for 16 years. She is very enthusiastic to be teaching the 3 year olds. Meryl has an Associate Degree from Queen borough College in New York, as well as her Child Development Associate Degree (CDA) from Family Central. Meryl's goal for teaching is to create a warm nurturing classroom that promotes a positive climate for interacting, socializing and learning within a developmentally appropriate Judaic setting.


NANCI STERN is starting her 9th year at our school. She has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood and brings her "mommy" experiences as well.  She is teaching the 3's for the seventh year and is looking forward to another year.

LAURIE VECKER moved from Long Island to Parkland 10 years ago. She is married to Barry for 20 years. Her daughter Rachel is 15 and her son Zachary is 12. She has two Bichons, Mel and Molly. Laurie has a BA in Child Development. This is Laurie's 6th year at our school. During the summer, Laurie works at a local camp. Laurie's love of children and seeing the work through their eyes is what brings her to work each day.

TERESA KAUFMAN is an Assistant teacher in the 3's team. She is originally from Scarsdale, NY. Formally a professional dancer, and classical ballet teacher she now resides in Coral Springs with her husband Bryan and 2 children. Her son Carter is now 6 yrs old, he graduated from the ECC in 2012 and currently attends Eagle Ridge Elementary school. Daughter Addyson is now 4 yrs old and is currently enjoying her last year at Kol Tikvah in the pre k program. Teresa spends most of her time keeping up with her family, she enjoys baking, knitting and reading . Teresa has enjoyed watching her kids grow up at Kol Tikvah so much she wanted to become part of the team. She is enthusiastic about her first year on staff. 

PAULA HENGBER is beginning her 3rd year at our school and works as a Head Teacher in the 3 year old program. Paula is originally from New York, but moved to Coral Springs when she was 15.  She is a graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.   After college, she worked for 10 years as a staffing manager at a temporary staffing service.  She then became a Human Resources Manager at a large telecommunications company in Miami.  Paula has been married to her husband Greg for 14 years and has a daughter, Andrea (12) and son Eric (10).  Both her children were students at our school when they were little.  In fact, Andrea started in 2003, the first year the pre-school opened.  Paula has a strong love children and is looking forward to a wonderful year.