Readers’ Choice 2019: Jewish Preschools


Beth Sholom

(415) 221-8736  •

Beth Sholom’s preschool enriches the lives of young children and their families by providing opportunities for learning, creativity, and exploration with a program infused with Judaic values and culture. It offers play and learning opportunities inspired by the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education with the understanding that each child develops at an individual pace.  Open for 11 months plus a 4-week summer program in July and August.

JCC of San Francisco, Claude and Louise Rosenberg Early Childhood Center

(415) 386-4990  •

Housed in a beautiful, historic landmark building with a front yard, vegetable garden, spacious play yard and cozy, inviting rooms, the preschool is a community of learners with children, families and educators as partners. Children have joyful experiences that encourage their development of knowledge and self-esteem. Inspired by the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach and guided by Jewish values and culture, the preschool’s mission is to create an environment where each child develops a greater sense of self, a respect for others, and a lifelong love of learning.



Gan Ilan

(925) 284-8453  •

Gan Ilan, “Garden of the Trees,” serves children ages 2-6 years old. In this program, the child is seen as curious, competent, and able to build theories and discover as their teachers support them. Children have the opportunity to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, with other children, and with the environment. The play-based curriculum is relevant, emergent and intertwined with Jewish life and practice.

JCC East Bay Preschool

(510) 848-0237  •

Award-winning, play-based JCCEB preschool is a nurturing place for early childhood education. Offering both full- and part-time developmental preschool and an extended care program for ages 2-5. Every day, children enjoy group activities, music, art, and team projects as well as individual, creative exploration. Culturally Jewish, celebrating Jewish values, heritage, traditions, weekly Shabbat, and holidays throughout the year. The preschool provides a strong connection to community, connecting parents to each other and to other cultural, social, and educational opportunities.

Temple Sinai

David Pregerson Preschool
(510) 451-3263  •

Kavod ­— respect and honor for every individual — is at the foundation of the Pregerson preschool’s inclusive, welcoming community. This philosophy is carried forth into all of the activities: large and small group play inside the classroom and outdoors, arts, music, storytelling, dramatic play, science, and literacy. Jewish values are at the core of the teaching, learning and celebrations of Jewish life through stories, music, cooking, Shabbat and holidays.



Peninsula JCC


(650) 378-2670  •

Play-based learning environment is supported by the most current child development research and engages minds by sparking creativity, curiosity and imagination. In addition to regular preschool, it offers weekly special-interest classes for children ages 3-5 in three sessions during the school year, a wonderful addition to the basic program, with activities including soccer, science, cooking, dance, and art.

Oshman Family JCC, Leslie Family Preschool

(650) 223-8788  • 

Provides infant-toddler playgroups, both full- or part-time preschool in a Jewish, play-based preschool inspired by a constructivist and innovative approach to education. The program for ages 18 months to 5 years fosters Jewish values and traditions while honoring individuality and welcoming and respecting all religions, backgrounds and cultures. It also offers joyful camps as well as a Hebrew immersion option.



Gan Israel Preschool

(707) 763-5136 •

30+ years of experience shape Gan Israel preschool’s exciting offerings, which include gymnastics, gardening, live animals (chickens). Other activities include music and movement, local field trips, an environmental awareness program, and basic skills for healthy living. The program is activity-oriented and includes Jewish teachings and traditions and fosters respect and interdependence among children.

Osher Marin JCC

(415) 444-8162  •

Provides engaging indoor and outdoor spaces that provoke wonder, curiosity, intellectual engagement, creativity and fun. Curriculum is built on the foundation of the image of the child as a competent and capable individual with the potential to construct his or her own knowledge about the world in which we live. The program pulls inspiration from philosophy and educational practices of Reggio Emilia and has a full complement of offerings, including a toddler program, preschool and pre-K (Transitional Kindergarten). Ages 18 months to 5 years.

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