Early Childhood Faculty

Mrs. Sophia Dabbah, Early Childhood Director

We are very proud to have the Mrs. Sophia Dabbah preschool as part of the YDE family. For over 20 years Mrs. Dabbah’s program has been educating the community’s young children in an atmosphere of warmth and care, infusing in them an excitement and joy for learning.

Mrs. Dabbah’s approach to children’s education is to maximize every opportunity of the day to teach the children in a positive, loving way, while building close relationships with the children and parents.


Mrs. Chashi Brand, Early Childhood Curriculum Coordinator

Chashi Brand has been working in the field of education for 35 years. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Special Education and her Certificate in School Administration and Supervision. She worked as the principal of Otsar Early Childhood Center for 25 years. Chashi Brand currently works as an Educational Consultant for YDE and other Yeshivot. She maintains a private practice in which she provides remediation for children with reading and language difficulties and conducts educational evaluations. Mrs. Brand has taught graduate courses in the field of Early Childhood and Special Education and has trained many teachers. She strongly believes that each child has the potential to achieve success and that every teacher has an obligation to strive to bring out the best in each and every one of his/her students.


Mrs. Dafna Koshanfar, Early Childhood School Psycologist

Mrs. Dafna Koshanfar, M.S. Ed, ACSP is a graduate of Brooklyn College and a bilingually certified school psychologist. She has over 15 years of experience working in the special education field and was the school psychologist at Otsar Early Childhood Center for the last 10 years. She has experience and knowledge in assessment, counseling, social skills, and consultations with staff and parents. She believes that each child’s social/emotional health and wellbeing is an enabling factor and imperative to a child’s growth and success in the preschool years.

We look forward to a very exciting year!