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JCC of the East Bay Preschool

1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709

(510) 848-0237


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Seeking to support and deepen the children�??s innate love of learning and wonder, our curriculum is rich in child-centered projects that center on the many interests brought forward by the children and our talented teachers, and incorporates celebrations of the Jewish holidays and our 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.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is accepted for who they are and where they are developmentally. Teachers emphasize getting to know the children as individuals, and adjust the teaching approach based on this. Frequent conversations as well as formal conferences provide the opportunity for teachers to speak with parents and gain insight in how best to address any particular needs or skills.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

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

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers are dedicated to school open houses, parent-teacher conferences, and frequent informal conversations.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our staff is particularly sensitive to issues of separation anxiety, and will work together with parents to respond to the needs of the individual child.