We offer programming for children from 0 - 5 years.

Parent & Baby/Toddler Programs

For children 6 months - 2 years and a parent

Young Twos & Preschool Programs (September - May)

Young Twos: 2.0 - 2.4 years morning program
Preschool: 2.5 - 4.0 years morning program

Pre-Kindergarten (September - May)

Pre-K / Transition K: 4.0 - 5.4 years morning program

Optional Extended Care Available 8:00 am – 5:50 pm

Early Morning drop-off starting at 8:00 am
Extended Day Programming until 5:50 pm (5:30 pm Fridays)

Summer Program (June - August)

2 - 5 year olds not entering Kindergarten


(Please see Admissions Process for scholarship information)

Children in our Preschool and Pre-K programs are enriched with many activities:

  • Art - 2-D and 3-D art with many different materials. The Parent Association organizes a biennial Children's Art Show to feature the imaginative pieces.
  • Music & Creative Movement - In addition to our teachers, a specialist, Jonathan Bayer, joins weekly with his guitar to lead each class through a delightful session of cooperative, creative movement and rhythm.
  • Jewish holidays and celebration - Musician Jonathan Bayer joins us for "Family Shabbat" song leading and for monthly vocal singing programs with each class.
  • Science, Building and Investigation - Developing hypotheses, observation, and drawing conclusions are fun and important aspects of the learning process. Science experiments in preschool can be anything from mixing colors to mixing liquids in a clay volcano.
  • Drama - Both child and teacher directed with puppets and dress-up.
  • Literacy & Library Time - Regular reading time and visits to our children's library
  • Cooking - A popular activity with the classes. Classes often create their own snack (pancakes, pretzels) and take turns baking the Friday Shabbat Challah bread for the school.
  • Indoor Play - Coach Dee Dee with Playball visits weekly and focuses on basic fundamental sports skills.
  • Outdoor Play - Essential for gross motor development, children are outdoors in the courtyard (bikes, climbing, running) and garden (sand, water, plants). Our older classes also take walks in the neighborhood.
  • Sensory integration equipment
  • More Specialists visit in our Extended Day Care Program.


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Phone: (415) 751-2535
Fax: (415) 751-2511