In August 2014, Temple Beth Israel welcomed Allison Okun to the TBI family to oversee our preschool program. Currently in its fortieth year, the preschool at TBI has been attracting young families from Port and neighboring communities who are seeking a warm, nurturing environment for their child’s first introduction to school as well as early exposure to Jewish tradition and values.
Allison has extensive experience in early childhood programming, primary Jewish education and kindergarten readiness. A former Director of Early Childhood Education at Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills, she cultivates the best of different teaching approaches and curricula to meet each child’s individual needs and learning style while reinforcing our preschool’s core philosophy of creating a warm and safe, nurturing environment. Allison has integrated some of the best practices from a larger scale organization into TBI’s more intimate setting to create an ideal atmosphere that fosters individual growth and builds self-esteem.
Allison brought to TBI an impressive list of credentials. Immediately prior to joining the TBI family, she was at the Early Childhood Center at the Sid Jacobson JCC for nine years, serving as Assistant Director and most recently as Director. Prior to that, Allison held several different educational and leadership roles at the highly regarded P.S. 6 on the Upper East Side of New York City. Allison is a graduate of Brandeis University (B.A.), and she earned her Masters Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at the Bank Street College of Education. Allison and her husband Neil live in Jericho and are the proud parents of two sons, Harrison, 15, and Drew, 12.
The preschool at TBI currently is licensed by the NYS Office of Child and Family Services and participates in the Universal Pre-K (“UPK”) program under the authorization of the Port Washington School District. Any child who resides in the Port school district and who is four years of age on or before December 1st or otherwise eligible to attend kindergarten the following year is eligible to participate in the UPK program. A child eligible for UPK may be entered in a lottery administered by the Port school district; if selected in this lottery, a portion of the child’s tuition is subsidized by New York State.