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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’s award-winning Preschool is a play-based, nurturing place for early childhood education. Each day includes group activities, music, art, and team projects as well as individual, creative exploration. The Preschool, located in North Berkeley, is culturally Jewish, celebrating Jewish values, traditions, weekly Shabbat, and holidays throughout the year. We proudly welcome families and children from all backgrounds and from throughout the East Bay.

The JCC’s teachers are highly qualified ECE specialists with CPR/First Aide certification, experience, patience, creativity and great love for each child and family. The preschool also provides a strong connection to community, connecting parents to each other and to other cultural, social, and educational opportunities.


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

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