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Welcome to the Susan Sims Bodenstein Preschool at Mishkon



Click here to register for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Mishkon is thrilled to announce that Tatiana Zaidman is our Director of Early Childhood Education! She has a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and has experience working at several Jewish early childhood centers in Southern California. Tatiana is quickly building enrollment for our school. It’s an exciting time for Mishkon!

Our Early Childhood Program serves children from 18 months to five years and offers a year-round program, a high-quality curriculum, yoga and mindfulness classes, and half-day and full-day options.

We provide a warm, nurturing environment influenced by Jewish traditions where children can develop to their fullest potential.

We treat children as unique individuals and support, guide, and stimulate their social, emotional, spiritual, cognitive, creative, and physical growth.

For more information or to schedule a private tour, please contact our director at or call (310) 396-7733.


201 Hampton Drive, Venice CA 90291


We maintain a low child-teacher ratio of one teacher per six children. Our ratios enable teachers to facilitate children’s exploration of art, dramatic play, literature, music, science, math, and cooking by helping them to engage in developmentally appropriate activities with individualized attention. Responding to the developmental needs of each child, we support younger children as they develop independent toilet-learning skills.

We strive to help children become motivated, self-directed learners, enabling them to seek out experiences of interest and solve problems in an ever-changing world. We encourage children to explore and develop their sense of curiosity through hands-on activities and child-led learning. Our children enjoy ample opportunity to play, share, cooperate, and build self-confidence and esteem.

We provide materials that vary in complexity and diversity, providing challenging opportunities for all children to develop skills and understanding. Children require years of play with real objects and events before they develop the ability to understand the meaning of symbols, such as letters and numbers. This learning takes place through interaction with others; children learn with all senses and through experimentation. As children’s understanding of concepts and language skills gradually develop over their first few years, they acquire an understanding of more abstract and symbolic information. We have a school library that gives access to a variety of enriching books and literacy-related materials, such as finger puppets, flannel board stories, and tools for early writing. There are also libraries in every classroom and on the outdoor yard for constant accessibility to literacy and books. Further avenues for creative symbolic expression are opened through a variety of open ended materials that allow creativity to flourish. The learning experience is rounded out with outdoor play on large-muscle equipment, undertaking classroom responsibilities, and problem-solving opportunities with both children and adults.


Our teachers are either credentialed or have completed early childhood education, as required by the California Department of Education, Child Development Division. In addition, our teaching team participates in a continuous program of educational development to keep up with best practices and recent research.

Our staff uses positive techniques of guidance such as redirection, anticipation, elimination of potential problems, positive reinforcement, and encouragement. Consistent, clear rules are explained to children and understood by adults. We nurture children’s self-esteem through respecting, accepting, and comforting them. Safety limits are set for the children, while our environment is arranged to minimize the number of “no’s” necessary.

The first few days of preschool are very exciting for parent and child but may also be a difficult time. However eager your child seems to begin preschool, there will be a moment when they realize that you will not be present. The apprehension that accompanies that realization is normal for both parent and child. Most children adjust to preschool with little difficulty; nevertheless, gradual separation is important to assure smooth transitions. Our staff is committed to providing the support and time to make this adjustment as pleasant as possible. This includes visits to campus before your child begins school.

For more information, please email


Half Days: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Full Days: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Extended Days: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For a copy of our application, please click the link at the top of this page "click here to register for the 2022-2023 preschool year"


For more information, email Director of Early Childhood Education Tatiana Zaidman at or call (310) 396-7733.

Mon, June 5 2023 16 Sivan 5783