The Springboard School accepts applications year-round. Please contact our director, Lois Mendelson, Ph.D., at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 917-692-8298 to partner with us to help your child reach his or her full potential! 

The Springboard School (formerly The Therapeutic Nursery at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades) is a nationally recognized program for bright 3 to 6-year-old children with a variety of developmental challenges, including communication and learning disorders, ADHD, emotional and behavioral problems, selective mutism 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 is located at 11 Harold Street in Tenafly, New Jersey on the premises of Lubavitch on the Palisades Preschool.