The Springboard School Welcomes You

The Springboard School (formerly The Therapeutic Nursery of the JCC Palisades) is a nationally recognized program for bright preschool children with a variety of developmental challenges, including communication and learning disorders, ADHD, emotional and behavior problems, and high functioning autism.


We are a developmental, language-based, parent-child program that addresses the social, emotional, behavioral, language and cognitive development of each child. Our staff is comprised of a well-trained interdisciplinary team including speech and language therapists, special education teachers, occupational therapists, school social workers and child development specialists.


The Therapeutic Nursery model was created in 1978 by Doris A. Allen, EdD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, and was brought to the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in 1995. As of September 2019 the school will be located at 11 Harold St, Tenafly NJ 07670 on the premises of Lubavitch on the Palisades.


Click here to visit our webpage on the Lubavitch on the Palisades site. 

A Program For Children and Parents


We believe that our students make dramatic long-term gains because the parents are included as collaborating partners in their child’s treatment. Parents or other caretakers are invited to attend classes, interact with teachers and participate in weekly parent counseling and peer support groups. Parents use what they learn in the program to help their children at home and in the community.



Making A Difference

The Springboard School can change the lives of young children and their families.


We address the children’s emotional lives along with other aspects of their development. We help them understand and express their feelings. We also help the parents develop new ways of empathizing and communicating with their children. As the children learn to replace inappropriate or out of control behaviors with appropriate ones, self-confidence is enhanced and learning becomes possible. When parents are helped to use these principles at home, the children’s capacity to develop expands still further.





Speech and language therapists and special education teachers collaborate in the classroom at all times.  In addition, children receive individual and small group pullout language therapy.


The curriculum focuses primarily on social skills and emotional and behavioral regulation. The children who come to the Springbpard School are intelligent, however they have difficulty with communication, socialization and emotional and behavioral regulation, which prevents them from succeeding in mainstream environments. Our curriculum is unique because it focuses on these core issues, and teaches these critical skills directly. We use a comprehensive social skills curriculum based on Michelle Dunn’s S.O.S: Social Skills in our Schools (2005). Through puppet and role play, pictures, scripts and stories, the children are taught directly how to play, interact socially and modulate their emotions and behaviors. Graphic organizers are used to help the children verbally interact with others. Parents practice these lessons at home with their children, to insure that these new skills and behaviors are internalized and generalized to all settings.


We provide a highly stimulating academic curriculum, including lessons in science, social studies, geography, music and yoga. By consistently stimulating the students’ intelligence and curiosity, we not only increase their knowledge of the world, but we also harness their intellectual strengths to overcome the difficulties they may have in focusing, attending, listening, taking turns and making transitions. In this way we prepare them to succeed in a kindergarten setting.

Occupational Therapy Curriculum


Occupational therapists help the children process sensory information which increases their ability to self-regulate. In addition, the therapists work to develop gross and fine motor skills, motor planning and visual motor skills, as well as self-help skills.




Our Springboard students are encouraged to join classes and a variety of programs for typically developing peers, at Lubavitch on the Palisades Preschool. Our staff works closely with the mainstream staff to insure maximum success for our students.


The primary goal of The Springboard School is to help each child reach his or her best potential, providing a foundation for future success.

Many of our students eventually thrive in mainstream settings and go on to college, graduate school and professional careers.

Most importantly many have succeeded in achieving happy and productive lives.


Support The Springboard School

Charitable contributions of all types to The Springboard School are crucial to its success. Private philanthropy every year provides financial support for our scholarship funding. Please consider making a gift to ensure continued excellence.

Make a Donation

Make a donation earmarked for The Springboard School at Lubavitch on the Palisades.

We are a fully tax deductible 501(c)(3) organization.

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Contact The Spingboard School

11 Harold St, Tenafly, NJ 07670

(917) 692-8298


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