Temple Emanu-El Preschool

Our mission is to inspire curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, to promote social and emotional development, and to instill Jewish values and traditions within a nurturing and inclusive community.

Register for a Preschool Tour this Fall!

Download an Application

Download a Preschool Brochure


Welcome to Temple Emanu-El Preschool

Just blocks from San Francisco's Presidio, Temple Emanu-El Preschool is housed within the Congregation Emanu-El synagogue, known for innovative programming that reflects the diversity of San Francisco.

We are a developmentally appropriate, play-based program influenced by Jewish values and culture that balances child and teacher initiated learning and supports developing social skills. An emergent curriculum approach allows teachers to help each child discover the fun and exploration of learning.

Community and inclusion are values highlighted by building relationships for our children, for our families, and within the Temple. Throughout the year, families are encouraged to participate in parent education, social programming, and community service, organized by the vibrant Parent Association in conjunction with the preschool administration and the broader Temple community.


Temple Emanu-El Preschool Highlights:

  • Professional, Experienced, Caring Teachers 
  • Low Child: Staff Ratio (6:1)
  • Active and Involved Parent Community
  • Developmentally Challenging Curriculum
  • Judaic curriculum that enhances the lives of our Jewish and non-Jewish children, parents, and staff
  • Outstanding Pre-K Program and support to find the right Kindergarten for your child
  • Enriching afternoon Extended Day Care programming

We are a school that continues to reflect and grow!

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Programs

San Francisco's Temple Emanu-El Preschool has offered a warm, caring, and stimulating environment for preschool-aged children and their families since 1986. We offer programming for children 0 to 5 years.  Download an application


  • Young Twos, 2.0 – 2.4 years, 5 mornings
  • Preschool Programs, 2.5 – 4.0 years, 5 mornings
  • Pre-K / Transitional K, 4.0 – 5.4 years, 5 mornings
  • Morning program starting at 8:00 am
  • Extended Day Care program available in three segments through 5:50 pm (5:30 pm on Fridays)

Program Details:

Parent & Baby/Toddler Programs

Early Drop-Off & Extended Day

Summer Program




© 2015 Congregation Emanu-El 2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 751-2535
Fax: (415) 751-2511