Long-sought Center for English Speaking Kids Opens in TA

A new state-of-the-art community center providing activities for Anglo infants and children, and others looking to improve their English skills, opened in Tel Aviv this week. The CityKids English Center for Young Families, located on 25 Spinoza Street, is the first center catering specifically to Anglos to open in the city.

A child playing at Tel Aviv’s first English kids’ center. Photo for illustration only.
Amy Caron-Shif

The center, which has three rooms - each one dedicated to either English, Yoga or arts classes - stretches over 120 square meters and has a 90 square meter courtyard. It also features a library with 1,500 new books and games for children of all ages, from newborns to 12-year-olds.

Elvia Fisher, the owner of CityKids, immigrated from Guilford, Connecticut, three years ago and invested about NIS 180,000 out of her own pocket to create the center.

"I started out nannying for an English-speaking family that was looking for more resources besides the kindergarten that currently exists on Nordau Boulevard," Fisher, 25, told Anglo File. "I started thinking about what are some of the things I could do to help English-speaking families in Tel Aviv. After talking to a lot of people I came to the idea that Tel Aviv really needs a community space for English speakers with library books and classes - a place for people to just get together and speak English."

CityKids, which opened this week, is intended primarily for the children of Anglo immigrants and native Israelis who had the children abroad and recently returned, but also for young sabras who have no prior knowledge of English besides what they learn in school.

CityKids has seven teachers on staff, all with degrees or licensing in teaching. Open from 10 A.M. until 7 P.M., the center charges between NIS 200 to NIS 300 per month for the different classes.