Who We Are

our History

Charlotte Jewish Preschool began in the 1950s as Temple Israel’s nursery school.  In 1988, Temple Beth El joined with Temple Israel to formally create CJP.  The school naming and partnership are noteworthy because CJP was one of the first preschools in the country to be jointly owned by two differently affiliated synagogues.  CJP’s ability to successfully bring together different religious traditions continues to make our school distinct.  In 2002, The Levine Jewish Community Center joined the synagogues as a partner in CJP to strengthen and enhance community resources.

Our Identity Statement

As a result of our educational approach and strong community connections, our students thrive at school, at home, and in the community.  We are proud that our students move confidently and successfully to their next level of education, while always remembering the lessons of family and community first learned here at CJP.

Charlotte Jewish Preschool (CJP) provides high quality half- and full-day early childhood education programs within an enriched Jewish environment.  We are dedicated to providing a secure and loving atmosphere so that young children can develop a positive self-image and grow intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially.  We welcome children of all religions, and we are dedicated to instilling within each child an excitement towards learning and a joyful attitude toward Judaism.

Our education approach values learning experiences through play, with activities and materials that encourage creativity, self-expression and inquiry.  Our well-qualified staff, combined with low student-teacher ratios, enables teachers to discover the uniqueness within each child and to help each child develop a sense of mastery and self-confidence in their abilities.  Our staff's constant renewal of their students' excitement and positive self-worth fuels each child's courage to explore and expand their horizons.

We are sustained by and benefit from the Shalom Park community, especially our partners:  Temple Israel, Temple Beth El, and the Leon and Sandra Levine Jewish Community Center.  Our location on Shalom Park enables our students to take advantage of opportunities unavailable elsewhere, such as afternoon specialty classes at the Leon and Sandra Levine Jewish Community Center, Shabbat services at Temple Israel and Temple Beth El, access to the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library and Resource Center, the new state-of-the-art Sandra & Leon Levine Playground, and much more.  We are also generously supported by our parents, grandparents, alumni and friends, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte.

As a result of our educational approach and strong community connections, our students thrive at school, at home, and in the community.  We are proud that our students move confidently and successfully to their next level of education, while always remembering the lessons of family and community first learned here at CJP.

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