Our preschool is staffed with trained early childhood educators. Each member of our school faculty is sensitive to the needs of the children and their families and has a strong commitment to quality Jewish education.

The faculty meets weekly to discuss curriculum, plan programs and share and exchange ideas. In order to uphold the high standards of our program, staff development is ongoing throughout the year. This ensures that our teachers remain alert to the ever-changing needs of today's families and to the findings of current research.

Our director, Rochel Kalmanson, and our teachers are an unusually dedicated group of professionals whose level of commitment to each child does not stop at the classroom door, and whose commitment to early childhood education is truly an avocation. As a result, they bring to their jobs a unique and special blend of professional skills and personal experience. 

For our Staff Directory with contact info, click here 



The fact that my daughter is so excited and happy to come proves that all you are doing is positive. I also like it that parents are so well informed of all that occurs throughout the day.
- David L.

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My husband and I feel very fortunate to have found Chai Tots. We feel this is the perfect all around education for our son, and soon our daughter. It is overflowing with Jewish culture as well as the practical skills they will need to succeed in Kindergarten. It is a great feeling to take our child to school and feel like we are dropping him off to members of our own family.

We are thrilled with the warm and loving environment they have created for all the children. Our son enjoys learning the prayers and Jewish holidays right along with his ABC’s and counting. It seems like everyday he is teaching me a new Hebrew word or song.
--- Laura Rossey, Mason
Former Public School Teacher

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We love Chai Tots! It is such a wonderful combination of Montessori and Jewish learning.  Madi develops important life skills while learning Hebrew and having a sense of being Jewish.  This overflows so positively into our home life.  She can't wait for Shabbat and we catch her singing the Hebrew alphabet!  Under Rochel's leadership, the teachers strive to implement challenging activities that meet each individual child's needs, while being fun for all.  It is a wonderful place for Madi to grow!
--- Dianne Hardin, Mason
Local Bank Executive

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"It is a great feeling to take our child to school and feel like we are dropping him off to members of our own family." 
  Bill and Laura R

"Madi develops important life skills while learning Hebrew and having a sense of being Jewish. Our whole family is hooked."
Dianne H

"The Jewish Discovery Center either attracts wonderful people to it or takes good people and helps them to become even better, and I have a suspicion it is the latter. I feel part of a wonderful extended family."
Melissa H

"Rabbi and Rochel, you created this community and with G‑d's help the community continues to grow and flourish. It is heartwarming to be a part of it."
The Helton Family

"WOW! Chai Tots is overflowing with Jewish culture as well as the practical skills needed to succeed in Kindergarten."
Bill R

"We have been so pleased with our experience at Chai Tots! It is evident that the staff care so much for the children and love what they do."
Melissa Hunter

"Our daughter is experiencing the "total package" at Chai Tots. Thank you for providing an exceptional foundation for her continued love of learning."

"We are so happy to have been included in the community. You make us feel like family. Thanks!" 
Jaime and Jaramy Carmody 

"The fact that my daughter is so excited and happy to come proves that all you are doing is positive."
David L

"We love Chai Tots! It is a wonderful combination of Montessori and Jewish learning."
The Hardins  

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Currently, my second daughter is attending the Chai Tots Preschool program. I have found it to be an extremely loving, warm and kind environment for my daughters. The girls have both have come home happily singing the songs they learned, as well as talking about their friends and teachers at school.  Every Friday my daughter looks forward to her Shabbat Party and come home with her homemade Challah.

As a mother, it is reassuring to send my child off to school without any worry or concern of her day away from home.  Both girls with their individual personalities and traits have been welcomed lovingly and fully.

I would, without hesitation, recommend the program for any parent interested in providing a Jewish education in a home away from home atmosphere.
- Debbie Burke, Mason
National Insurance Executive

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Your staff and environment is highly recommended. I am so happy my child goes here. I feel secure when I drop him off. What a wonderful place you have; you and your staff are doing a wonderful job!
- Amy S.

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The pre-school program is wonderful. My son will be well prepared for kindergarten. My son's teacher and the staff are also excellent. Everyone comes across very dedicated, which in turn makes me feel good about sending my son to your preschool.
- Dianne K.

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I feel confident that my child is well supervised and getting excellent care in an educational setting while I am at work. It provides me with peace of mind.
- Deborah A.- 


The Chai Tots Early Childhood Center has recently completed its new building facility. It is located just across the street from Cedar Village in Mason. That is 1/4 mile west of Mason-Montgomery Rd., on the corner of Cedar Village Dr and Central Parke Blvd.

The site is sunny, modern and equipped with all the requisite amenities of a first-class Montessori pre-school, including bright classrooms, indoor play areas and outdoor playgrounds. Each class is equipped with its own child-size bathroom facilities, classroom observation windows and secure hi-tech webcams.

We invite you to come and tour our new facility.

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Chai Tots Early Childhood Center is associated with the Jewish Education Alliance for Montessori Schools, Merkos National Accreditation Board of the National Council For Private School Accreditation, and is a member of The International Montessori Council.

We are fully licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The Chai Tots Early Childhood Center seeks to create a stimulating and enriching educational environment for each and every child. The school is devoted to helping children learn socialization skills, building their self-confidence and teaching them the preliminary skills to explore and experience the world independently from their parents. We provide children with the early foundation and framework to prepare them for the transition to elementary school. In addition, we seek to ignite a spark in each child to lay claim to his Jewish heritage and commit him or her to a lifetime passion for learning. 

We nourish your child’s heart and mind, as they develop cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills, so that your child will be a well-rounded person capable of solving problems and adapting to new situations.

At Chai Tots, we envevor to:

Provide a strong academic curriculum. 
Through detailed record keeping and various levels of class works, we aim to provide each child with an ideal learning environment that is tailored to his or her individual needs.

Help your child build a positive Jewish identity. 
By celebrating Jewish holidays and Shabbat as well as exposing your child to stories from the Torah, daily prayers and blessings, we will lay the foundation for your child’s positive Jewish identity.  Hebrew is introduced through songs, stories, and letter recognition and Jewish values are explored through integrated works, circle time discussions, art and stories. We want your child to not only learn about life as a Jew, but will come to love it too!

Facilitate in your child’s emotional development. 
To help each child express him or herself in a socially acceptable way, we try to model positive social behavior and help the children express and understand their feelings and reactions to daily events. We encourage each child to make choices, with respect towards him/herself, others and his/her surroundings.  This helps develop your child's self esteem, self-efficacy and belief in him/herself.

Create a supportive environment for your child’s social development. 
Play is a rich social experience through which your child learns and discovers many things about the world, including sharing and negotiating skills.  Creativity and appropriate social interactions are nurtured in Chai Tots’ warm classroom environments.

Provide a safe, home-like, and stress-free environment where your child can thrive. 
By observing and interacting with their peers and listening to each other in a calm and balanced environment, the children will learn to work both independently and cooperatively all the while building their self-esteem.

Stimulate your child’s physical development.  
Through gross motor exercises as well as fine motor activities, your child will be presented with a multitude of activities to stimulate his or her physical development.  Throughout the year, indoor and outdoor physical activities will be offered at developmentally appropriate levels.

Care for your child’s physical health and well being. 
Our child-centered environment is a safe place for your child to grow.  Chai Tots provides healthy snacks and the school facilities are kept in clean and sanitary condition.  All health and emergency forms must be received before your child enters the program.  Staff members are trained in C.P.R. and first aid.

Instill in your child a love of Eretz Israel. 
Through language and cultural activities integrated into the daily program, we will guide your child along the path to becoming a proud member of our community who has a special love of Israel.