About Us


Our vision is that children served by the Mishkan Israel Nursery School and Childcare (MINS) experience safe, welcoming and supportive educational and child care opportunities. Infants, toddlers and older preschoolers engage in developmentally appropriate play activities that prepare them for the next level of growth. Caring and attentive teachers plan and provide individualized small group experiences that assure preschoolers of all ages have fun while they learn through play.


The Mishkan Israel Nursery School and Childcare is a state licensed Jewish preschool that provides a continuum of educational play opportunities for children of all faiths from age 6 weeks to 5 years (including a Pre-Kindergarten class). We provide responsive and supportive classroom activities designed to meet the developmental needs of young children. The School offers year round, full and half day enrollment options, including two, three, four and/or five days-a-week sessions with classrooms for each age group.

At MINS we value each child as both a unique individual and a member of our school community. Our educational philosophy is consistent with guiding principles about early learning and child development as outlined by the Connecticut Department of Social Services and Board of Education. Our dedicated teachers and warm classroom environments create a community where children learn to care about others, develop a positive self-image, and master the skills that are the foundations for successful early childhood learning.

Our Director

We are fortunate to have experienced educator Susan Witten Nason join the CMI family in August 2012 as our Early Childhood Director. Susan, a Connecticut native, earned her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Miami. Prior to joining the CMI family, she was the Preschool Program Coordinator at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Houston, Texas. Previous positions also include being Assistant Director of the Religious School at Congregation Beth Israel, Program Coordinator for Southwest Human Development Services, Hebrew Studies Coordinator at Congregation Beth Israel, and Lead Preschool Teacher at the West Houston Jewish Community Center. Her commitment to Jewish programming and her dedication to children and families is evident in all of her work.

Educational Philosophy & Core Values

Our educational philosophy is grounded in the research-based understanding that young children learn through their play. Our educational program includes a daily routine with an array of intentional play activities designed to stimulate children’s social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual growth and development. Our small classroom settings allow each child to learn at his or her own pace. We encourage children to become active learners and creative problem solvers. Additionally, our approach to early learning supports each child’s developmental and educational needs.

We provide ongoing guidance and professional development opportunities for our staff to enhance their knowledge of child development and effective early childhood teaching strategies. We work collaboratively with parents to understand their expectations and needs. We provide weekly program updates through an electronic newsletter. Additionally, infant and toddler teachers provide daily updates to parents about their child’s experiences and developmental progress. Teachers of the older children have formal parent-teacher meetings each year, and all teachers are available whenever a parent-teacher meeting is desired.

Student Population

Our enrollment is non-sectarian and we are proud to have an extremely diverse population of kids: Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Muslim children. We have families from the U.S., Canada, Africa, Mexico, Israel, Eastern Europe, Russia, Iraq, Japan, China and Korea and our social functions continue to strengthen and enrich the ties between our families of interfaith, GLBT, multiracial, single-parent and two-parent backgrounds.


We are open Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., year round.

Breakfast Club – 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (meal is not included)
Nursery School – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Daycare – 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Additional Options

Enrichment Classes – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Scheduling Options: 2, 3, 4, or 5 days

Pay School tuition online.

Online registration for School Year.

Registration Fall 2018-19 form.

Summer Registration Form 2018 or register online

For more information, contact Director Susan Witten Nason at sperry@nullcmihamden.org or (203) 288-2375.

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