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What's New

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News and Updates

What's new!

  • Robyn Teigman, our Jacob’s Ladder Early Childhood Director since 1993, is preparing for retirement. Jodi Proefriedt has taken over the position as Early Childhood Director!
  • Jacob’s Ladder is celebrating 30 years!
  • Introducing the Jacob's Ladder Library!
    Along with monthly mailings from PJ Library, our Jacob's Ladder library has expanded because of our Jacob's Ladder families. Throughout our 30 years, many generous families donate gently used books to our school. In addition, when families purchase books at our annual Scholastic book fairs, we use the earned Scholastic Dollars to purchase books for Jacob's Ladder. I am proud to say that our library now has over 600 books! My teachers and I are truly grateful. Thank you!

Early Childhood Director

Jodi Proefriedt was appointed to the position of Early Childhood Director of Jacob’s Ladder in September 2022. In this role, Jodi ensures that all children and their families are treated with kindness, respect and love so they can fully develop into confident, independent, self-assured learners. Jodi also oversees all teaching staff and maintains a positive relationship with families.

Jodi has over thirty years’ experience working as an Early Childcare Provider. Prior to becoming the Early Childhood Director at Jacob’s Ladder, Jodi’s journey began as a Three-year-old Assistant teacher September 2001. Soon after, Jodi became a lead Three-year-old teacher. When a position became available, Jodi became a Lead Pre-K teacher until 2022. During her time as a Pre-K teacher, Jodi also worked in our Early Morning program as well as our Extended Day program. When the community needs changed and parents asked for later hours, Jodi developed our Late Afternoon program. The Early Morning program and the Late afternoon Program included children aged two through five.

Jodi has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

A Note From Robyn

Jacob’s Ladder officially welcomed their first group of children in September 1993. At the time I was not sure how I would juggle my own young family and a preschool all at the same time. As it turned out, those first few years the school was small and my dual roles were completely manageable.

The pages of the calendar turned with each succeeding year going more and more quickly than the previous one. And somehow, I woke up one morning and my children were no longer little and I was starting my fifteenth year at Jacob’s Ladder.

And now, fast forward once again we are celebrating 30 years! And

It has been an incredible journey and continues to be. The children are our most precious gift. They touch our hearts and souls and add meaning to our lives. As the school has grown, we too have grown. Each year has brought new challenges and different learning experiences. Certainly, these last three years brought us to a place we had never anticipated or experienced. We weathered this storm with so much courage and angst and proudly were one of the first preschools to bravely reopen our doors.
We have encountered so many wonderful families who have contributed so much to our school and its continued success.

Jacob’s Ladder is only as good as the staff who makes it so. Our teaching staff has been here through thick and thin and there has been relatively little turnover. They are a dedicated and caring group of women whose love, kindness and devotion have helped each and every child grow and flourish.

In closing, Jacob’s Ladder is a place of much love and happiness, of children learning beauty and innocence.


Flexible scheduling. Early Club. Late club.

Jacob’s Ladder Preschool will provide a stimulating and safe environment for children ages 18 months (Watch Us Grow interactive class) through Pre-K. Run by Director Jodi Proefriedt.

Preschool Education

  • Our program provides a creative, safe and stimulating environment for each and every child within a loving and nurturing atmosphere, allowing each child to develop individually and enjoy a positive attitude toward both himself/herself and school.
  • Our teaching staff is comprised of professionals with early childhood education and experience.
  • We have both indoor gyms and outdoor playgrounds, and a brand new arts and crafts center.

What We Do

How we Learn at Jacob's Ladder

  • We explore. We observe. We ask questions. We predict.
  • We integrate our learning experiences.
  • We reason. We hypothesize. We theorize.

Early Childhood Center

We sing, we dance, we laugh, we read. Communication is a crucial and extremely important aspect of the preschool. Newsletters are sent home throughout the year to give parents an insight into their child's classroom. The director will provide information on a regular basis to inform the parents of anything that is newsworthy in the school.

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About Us

About our Preschool

Jacob’s Ladder is a unique school. We are a nursey school with day care hours. Typically, Nursery schools are half-day programs. Jacobs Ladder has evolved and our hours have expanded as the community needs have changed. What has not changed is our teaching philosophy along with the love and attention that each child receives. Our class sizes are small and our teacher/child ratios are more than what is required because it is our goal to give every child the attention and quality care and education they deserve.

Our Philosophy

Our teaching philosophy is simple. Children learn by “doing”, when they are active participants in their learning. We as teachers provide situations where each child can learn at their own pace and always feel successful. We are focused on teaching to the whole child while they are given the opportunity to explore, interact, experiment, create, and discover. It is a tried and true method where our well prepared teachers support and extend each child’s learning based on their developmental levels so children are school ready and eager to learn.

Our Programs

Our Watch Us Grow Program is designed for children 16 months or older who are not quite ready to separate. This class meets once a week for an hour and 15 minutes and provides a special time for moms, or dads, grandparents, nannies and children to spend together with mornings filled with songs, stories, music, crafts, gym and playtime.

When children are finally ready to separate, they move on to our Playmate classes. Children are required to be two years old by November 1 to enroll. The nurturing environment encourages each child to venture into the social/academic world on his/her own. Children encounter both group and individual activities where they will experience crafts, participate in musical activities, learn shapes, colors, and holidays while working on gross and fine motor skills, independence, socialization and language development.

Our Three year old program is designed to further encourage each child’s social and emotional development. Children are engaged through a thematic, hands-on-approach to learning. With the use of literature, music, crafts, science, math, and creative play, children begin to recognize their name and mathematical concepts that include sorting, grouping, counting, and one- to- one correspondence. Through individual and group activities, children experience texture and weight, make predictions and problem solve all while being encouraged to develop their expressive language. Children at this age begin to work and play together and we often find that this is the year that friendships blossom.

Our Pre K program prepares the children for Kindergarten by differentiating each activity to meet every child’s ability so they become confident learners. There is a focus on letters, language, mathematics, writing, and understanding the written word. We continue to focus on each child’s social and emotional development and encourage independence and individuality. Many activities are provided to assist in fine motor development, which is so important for writing. Both indoor gym time and outdoor playground time help develop a strong core, upper body strength and all gross motor skills. Whether in large or small groups, teacher directed or open play, all activities help foster imaginative play, creativity and a positive sense of self.

The last week in June is the beginning of Summer Camp at Jacob’s Ladder! All of our camp classes focus on science, cooking, creative art, imaginative play, music and indoor and outdoor playtime. Although we do not offer pool time, the children enjoy outdoor water play while splashing about in our water tables and participating in water play games and activities. We offer camp classes for Watch Us Grow, Playmates, Threes, and Pre K. Some summers we even offer our Stepping Stones class, which is for those students entering Kindergarten in the fall. Summer Camp is a half-day program and is available four days a week for seven weeks.

Mini Camp is only offered to current Jacob’s Ladder students who need a fill-in program before Summer Camp begins. It is a two-week program between the end of school and the beginning of Summer Camp,and is offered as either a half-day class or full day class, and must be attended the full two weeks. Children who attend must be in either the Playmates, Threes or Pre K. The thematic daily activities include science, art, music, creative play, indoor and outdoor playground time.

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For additional information about our school please contact Jodi Proefriedt, Early Childhood Director at 516-763-0235 or JLADDER@CSBELI.ORG


  • School calendar varies each year according to holiday schedules.
Early Morning & Late Club
  • Flexible hours!
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Jacob's Ladder

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430 Demott Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11570