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Preschool & TK Fees 2016-2017

Preschool Calendar 2015-2016

Application & Forms

Program Schedule and Hours

TK Afternoon Program

Parenting Seminars (TIPS for Families)

Now Accepting Applications for 2016-2017!

The JCC of the East Bay Preschool provides a warm, nurturing environment for children ages two to five in our historic North Berkeley location. Our program offers a unique opportunity for young children to thrive in a joyful environment that is a very positive first school experience.

Seeking to support and deepen the children's innate love of learning and wonder, our curriculum is rich in child-centered projects that focus on the many interests brought forward by the children and our talented teachers. These activities often incorporates celebrations of the Jewish holidays and culture. Through playful encounters with each other, their teachers, materials, music, movement, and literature, the children develop their creativity, intelligence and skill in getting along with others. Each child is accepted for who they are and where they are developmentally.

We are a culturally Jewish school in which children celebrate Shabbat and other holidays.  The JCC East Bay welcomes and serves families of all cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse configurations.  We grow together in a supportive community that enriches all of our lives. 

Program Schedule & Hours

The JCC Preschool is a year round (12 month) program that operates September through mid–August

Core program 9:00am–1:00pm (2.5 or 5 days for two year olds, 5 days for three, four, five year olds) 

Prescheduled or Drop-In basis (current JCC Preschool enrolled children only):

     - Early Care 8:00am–9:00am

     - Rainbow program 1:00pm–3:30pm and 3:30pm–6:00pm

Application and Other Requirements

  • Submit an application with a non-refundable application fee of $50.00 
  • Before your child starts preschool, you will be required to become a member of the JCC of the East Bay
  • Volunteer hours are required - 15 volunteer hours/year or $36 per hour in lieu of volunteer participation
Click Application & Forms to view details on the application process.

Schedule a Tour & More Information

Are you interested in learning more about our Early Childhood Education Programs?  Tours are by appointment with our ECE Director, Ruth Petersen Shorer.  Please contact Ruth to set up a morning appointment or for more information at 510-848-0237 x122 or

Thanks to a generous Emergency Education Grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, the scholarship award process is being implemented in partnership with the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay and the Bureau of Jewish Education. The Jim Joseph grant will enable families to keep their children in Jewish preschools, day schools and Jewish overnight summer camps throughout the Bay Area. Three preschoolers at the JCC here in Berkeley have been assisted by this grant.

For information on scholarship availablity, please contact Noosh Yazdi at 510-848-0237 x121 or