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The JCC of the East Bay's Early Childhood Education Program provides a warm, nurturing environment for children ages two to five, including Preschool, in our historic North Berkeley location. Our program offers a unique opportunity for young children to thrive in a joyful environment that provides 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, and incorporates celebrations of the Jewish holidays and our rich culture. Through playful encounters with each other, their loving 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.

Every family who shares their child with us is respected and welcomed wholeheartedly. Together we create an environment in which families from diverse backgrounds feel comfortable exploring the beauty of early childhood and of our Jewish heritage. We grow together in a supportive community that enriches all of our lives.

For more information, please contact Early Childhood Education Director, Ruth Petersen Shorer at 510.848.0237, ext. 122 or