We live in Tel Aviv and we love it. Raising kids here is no problem.
Well . . . come to think of it, it can be a problem on a sweltering hot day, or even after a few days cramped in an apartment.
We want a place to go for a change of scenery. We want a place we can feel comfortable in our own skin, reminisce about New York and London and meet some friendly adult faces. We want a space that offers quality classes and allows our kids to run around and play with others, and . . . we want it in our neighborhood.
CityKids is founded by an English speaking, Tel Aviv, Nanny who understands what it is like to have insufficient engaging places to take your kids in the White City. CityKids is all-in-one education and play space for families with children newborn-13 years old. We have a library with over 1,500 of our children’s favorite English books and we offer a variety of classes from art to music, movement, infant massage, gym and language, all taught by highly qualified teachers. We strive each moment of every day to be the ultimate safe, clean and fun English speaking resource for Tel Aviv families to gather, learn, socialize and play.
Dina Bright, RN, BSN, MA is a Registered Nurse and a Master’s prepared ESL Educator. She worked in maternity and labor and delivery for over four years in New York and has participated in over 1000 births. Dina is passionate about helping mothers feel empowered, accomplished, and positive about their experiences. She has provided support during pregnancy, labor and after birth with education and motivation to reach the mother’s goals. Dina has helped many women in taking the steps to start breast feeding moments after birth. Besides, nursing, Dina also has experience as an ESL educator. She worked two years with elementary, junior and high school level children, both native and non-native speakers of English at a composite school in Tel Aviv.
Zilah Joslin is a new olah from Chicago where she owns a studio focusing on Parent-Child Music, Art, Movement, & Imaginative Play. Zilah has a dual-degree from Indiana University in Music & Education. She has been teaching music to children of all ages for over 12 years. Zilah’s classes are energetic, enriching, and fun for children . . . and adults, too! Zilah (and her guitar) are thrilled to be teaching with CityKids!!
Tara Chen graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University (in Canada) in 2001 with a B.A. in Religion and Culture. Her passion and love for children sent her back to school again in 2005 where she graduated with Honors from Seneca Collage in Toronto, completing her Early Childhood Education diploma to become a Preschool/Kindergarten teacher. At the same time Tara deepened her love and knowledge of Yoga and was certified to teach children Yoga through the “Yoga for the Special Child” program. Five years ago Tara began her career as an educator when she moved to Israel to be with her husband and start a family. Tara continues to work as a preschool teacher in an English preschool in Herzliya, as well as teach Yoga to children both privately and professionally.
Tali Nagler, Art Educator, obtained her BFA in sculpture from the University of Colorado and her Master of Fine Arts and Art Education from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Tali spent the past 3 years teaching advanced art classes at a public high school in Manhattan as well as an after school digital design class. In addition, she also worked as the Program Coordinator for Starting Artists Inc., a nonprofit summer art program in Brooklyn where she planned field trips, demonstrations, artist presentations, and worked with interns directly. Tali has worked as a mentor for under-served high school students for The Nature Conservancy and learned the inner workings of art sales and business working for Anton Kern Gallery in Chelsea. Tali is excited to share her passion for art and creative processes at CityKids while establishing a safe, English speaking, and fun environment for students at all levels.
Yana Babaev-Atias has an Honor’s B.A. from Adelphi University in Elementary Education and 15 years of experience as a children’s entertainer, Yana knows how to make learning FUN. As a children’s entertainer, Yana goes under the alias of “Freckle Speckle the Clown”; specializing in bringing smiles to the faces of children all over the world. In New York, Yana built and ran “Fun For Kids Party Entertainment”, entertaining at birthday parties and mading weekly visits to hospitalized children. Before leaving New York, being a performer at heart, Yana found herself shifting into work as a Stage Manager. She received her training at The Juilliard School which in 2008 brought her to work in Israel at the Israeli Opera. However it did not take her long to realize just how much the Israeli community values learning English, so Yana left her work as a Stage Manager to return to teaching.