Readers’ Choice 2022: Jewish Preschool

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Shalom School

(415) 831-8366
Children ages 18 months to 5 years develop critical thinking skills, socially appropriate interactions and Jewish pride and love for living a Jewish life at this award-winning school. Multi-language environment includes English, Russian and Hebrew, and homemade meals observing laws of kashrut are served. Art, music, sports and outdoor play are all included for full-time and part-time students. 



Oshman Family JCC Leslie Family Preschool

(650) 223-8788  •
J. readers have once again chosen the Leslie Family Preschool, for children ages 18 months to 5 years, as one of their favorites. This Jewish, play-based preschool takes a constructivist and innovative approach to education, and fosters Jewish values and traditions while honoring individuality and welcoming and respecting all religions, backgrounds and cultures. Infant-toddler play groups also are available.

Peninsula JCC

(650) 378-2670  •
The preschool at the Peninsula JCC, which welcomes children ages 2-5, features a play-based learning environment supported by the most current child development research, and engages minds by sparking creativity, curiosity and imagination. Children learn and play in a caring, nurturing environment, where every child is respected as a competent and capable learner, full of potential and talent. The school offers weekly special-interest classes that complement the school’s regular sessions.



Osher Marin JCC

(415) 444-8162  •
The Osher Marin JCC preschool, for ages 18 months to 5 years, is inspired by the philosophy and educational practices of Reggio Emilia, which holds that each child is a competent and capable individual with the potential to construct knowledge about the world. Early childhood offerings include a toddler program, preschool and pre-K (Transitional Kindergarten). Engaging indoor and outdoor spaces provoke wonder, curiosity, intellectual engagement, creativity and fun. 



JCC East Bay

(510) 848-0237  •
New to Readers’ Choice this year, the JCC East Bay’s award-winning preschool is a nurturing, play-based program, as “play-based learning allows children to make sense of the world around them through active involvement with their environment.” The program “integrates a variety of activities into the daily schedule and connects Jewish values with anti-bias education.”  

Temple Sinai David Pregerson Preschool

(510) 451-3263
At this Jewish, play-based preschool in Oakland serving children ages 2-5, respect and honor for each individual form the foundation for an inclusive community. The community celebrates Jewish life through stories, music, cooking, Shabbat and holiday celebrations. Jewish values are at the core of teaching and learning here, and the staff works to help children mature into community-minded mensches. 

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