Our Programs

Our Mission

To nurture the next generation of Jewish and global citizens as they become the caretakers of our planet, our community and each other.

Our Vision

Our vision is to become a model Jewish preschool that exemplifies contemporary best practices in the field of Early Childhood Education where teachers, children and parents experience transformative learning, and where other educators come to learn.

Our Philosophy

We use an inquiry-based approach to learning where teachers and children co-construct curriculum that is grounded in Jewish culture and traditions while interweaving developmentally appropriate curriculum in the areas of math, science, arts, music, social-emotional development, gross and fine motor skills as well as language and literacy. Teacher research and pedagogical documentation are central to our work as are responsive and reflective teaching practices.

Our choices about fostering children’s learning are guided by the Jewish values of:

Tikkun Olam/Social and Environmental Justice
Wonder/Radical Amazement: “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” Rabbi Joshua Heschel


Preschool (Two and young Three-year-olds): 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Adventure Pre-K (Four-year-olds): 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Adventure TK (older Four and Five-year-olds): 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Optional Extended Care

We offer:

  • Enrollment for children ages two- through five-years-old
  • Full and Part-time options
  • Open 8:15 am – 5:30 pm on Fridays
  • Optional summer camp enrollment
  • Small class sizes of about 12 children
  • One-of-a-kind Adventure TK program and new January start two-year-old class
  • Ample use of the Presidio and time spent in nature

Financial Aid:

Congregation Emanu-El Preschool is committed to honoring economic diversity and is dedicated to making our school accessible to all families. Through our tuition assistance program, supported by annual giving and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, we are able to provide financial assistance to a broad range of families. Assistance is based on need, eligibility and availability of funds. Every year we seek to fund 100% percent of applicants. During the 2023-2024 school year, 11.5% of the student body is supported by with grants ranging from 10% to 60% of the cost of tuition. Families are encouraged to apply through School and Student Services. Our school code is 174908, and you can find us under “Temple Emanu-El Preschool.”