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About Hertz Nursery School at TI

Located in Sharon, MA, the Erna and Julius Hertz Nursery School offers a unique multifaceted pre-school program for children ages 21 months through age 5. Affiliated with Temple Israel of Sharon, the program offers varied experiences, equipment, and curriculum to encourage the child's social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth within a Jewish environment.

Hertz's curriculum provides a seamless integration of the secular and Judaic environment. Children explore and are exposed to a theme-oriented program that compliment areas of Jewish living and learning. This includes holiday celebrations, integrated family programs, and an introduction of Israel and Hebrew.

Our program is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), and has a staff of dedicated certified early childhood educators. 

Our core program (9:00am-1:00pm each day) includes a toddler program, three and four year old classes, and a five year old transitional kindergarten program. In addition to our Core Program, Hertz offers Early Drop Off, Enrichment, and Stay and Play! daily. Hertz also offers summer programming and Designer Days over school vacations. 

On top of our age-appropriate classroom settings and equipment, Hertz boasts an exciting outside play space, nature environment, and licensed outdoor classroom space.

Our Philosophy

Hertz Nursery School is a child centered program. Our program:

  • Encourages children’s positive self-image.
  • Encourages children to make decisions and choices at their developmental level.
  • Encourages children to use words to communicate.
  • Ignites children’s curiosity, while instilling a sense of Jewish core principles and traditions.
  • Encourages children to experience positive peer and group interactions through individual teacher guidance and group projects and games.
  • Encourages children to participate in age appropriate fine motor and gross motor activities.
  • Encourages children to become aware and strengthen their Jewish identity.
  • Encourages children to have a connection with the natural world through utilizing our outdoor classroom and the natural beauty in Sharon, MA.

With our staff of certified early childhood educators and small student-to-teacher ratio, each child receives individualized attention which allows them to flourish in our environment, and prepares them for success beyond Hertz. 

Core Program: Cubs Class!

Two year old: Together in our toddler class we learn through exploration and play. We take a toddlers natural energy, creativity and playfulness and turn them into skills they can use throughout their preschool years. Cubs are exposed to new experiences and materials such as sitting for circle time or painting with sponges. Teachers lovingly show the way to problem solve and give structure to the classroom while still having fun and sharing exciting moments with their students. These experiences are the building blocks to a successful preschool experience. Cubs Class is available 2, 3, 4, or 5 days. Open to children 21 months and up. Must be 2 by the end of December.

Core Program: Teddy Bear Class!

Three Year Old: Our Teddy Bears focus on problem solving, kindness, creative expression and gaining independence. We push our students to do things for themselves and celebrate every step towards independence! The three main rules in the Teddy Bear classroom are: Kind Hands, Kind Words and Good Listening! You'll see us singing, playing and being responsible for our toys by cleaning them up throughout the day. Teddy Bear Class is available 2, 3, 4, or 5 days. Must turn three by December 31.

Core Program: Busy Bees Class!

Four year old: The Busy Bees are explorers. We explore things individually and together; respecting other's ideas and thoughts we grow in confidence, kindness and accomplishment week by week. Living life with appreciation, fun, and joy is a large component of our time together. We celebrate all things big and small as we learn practical academic skills and see ourselves as capable learners. Using everyday experiences as learning opportunities, we also have organized and STEM based lessons. We strive to empower students with self confidence and curiosity. Modeling ourselves as mitzvah making team and viewing ourselves as capable we look to make each day count! Busy Bees Class is available 3, 4 or 5 days. Must turn 4 by December 31st.

Core Program: Dinosaur Class!

Five year old: Transitional Kindergarten: Our Dinosaurs are always moving forward! With a focus on preparing our students for Kindergarten, we work on their social and emotional skills, as well as their early academic skills. Additionally, we focus on sharpening their self-help skills, among other skills they will need in Kindergarten, such as following directions, moving in a line, and sitting during circle. We use a play based curriculum approach, which makes learning fun and exciting! We use games and activities that incorporate early math, science, history, and literacy skills that foster a lifetime love of learning. The Dinosaurs love exploring Hertz's licensed outdoor classroom which we use to springboard curiosity for nature and the world around us! The Dinosaur core program is Monday-Friday 9am-1pm, plus Wednesday until 3pm, with the option of extending time at school through our other programs. 

Early Drop Off

We offer Early Drop Off Monday-Friday beginning at 7:30am with an option for an 8:00am drop off. 

At Early Drop Off, the children have the opportunity to acclimate to the school day by choosing the activities that they would like to do. This can range from teachers reading stories, to coloring, Magnatiles, dramatic play, and so much more! 

Enrichment Program

Everyone is invited to participate! Sign up for the entire year or join us as needed (and space available). 

Afternoon enrichments enhance your child's morning preschool experience. The worlds of science, math, music, art, and literature are explored in greater depth with hands on curriculum. Themes will be announced and will last approximately 6-8 weeks each.

Our afternoon schedule includes rest time after lunch, the enrichment activity, and outdoor/indoor free play.


  • Monday-Thursday, 1-3pm

  • Friday, 1-2:30pm

Stay and Play!

We offer Stay and Play Monday-Thursday 3pm-6pm with a 4:30pm option for pickup. Friday Stay and Play runs from 2:30pm-4:00pm. 

Stay and Play is a program where your child takes the lead! Our wonderful staff takes the cue from the children for the structure of the afternoon. Activities and projects are offered to the children as well as giving them the opportunity to explore the Stay and Play room and materials. 

Registration and Calendar

Hertz is currently accepting registrations
for all 2020-2021 programs!

Click here to download a registration form!

Click here to download a Toddler Tuition Worksheet

Click here to download a Preschool Tuition Worksheet

Click here to download the Hertz Nursery School 2020-2021 Calendar

Contact the Director, Leisa Glass, at 781-784-4050
to request a tour and more information.

History of Hertz Nursery School at TI

It All Starts Here!

Hertz Nursery School was founded in 1984 by a group of parents who wanted to see their shul have a Jewish preschool. The school was endowed by the Levine family in memory of Edith's parents, Erna and Julius Hertz. Since the first class in 1985, Hertz has grown to welcome many second-generation students, epitomizing excellence in Jewish preschool education, seamlessly fused with child-centered play and "Kehillah" community. 

Over the years parents have returned to tell us wonderful stories about the memories and friendships forged during their children's preschool years. Recently, in a former students wedding program Hertz was mentioned as one reason why someone was in their wedding party. Hertz has introduced Friday night Challah to many families. One introduction led to a former parent becoming a Rabbi. While we never know where our Jewish family journey's will take us the Hertz "Kehillah" community always asks where have you been, what can we do for you now and how can we help you go forward. It is this warm loving environment that has sustained us for so many years.

We invite you to join our Kehillah during your Jewish journey and experience all that preschool has to offer for your child and your family.

I look forward to meeting with you and welcoming you to Hertz.

Feel free to call me at 781-784-4050 or email me and feel free to visit our photo gallery at They say a picture is worth a thousand words!

Remember, It All Starts Here!
Leisa Glass, Director of Early Childhood Education

Mon, January 25 2021 12 Shevat 5781