Nursery Schools



Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning
Fax: 240-283-6201
[email protected]
Collaborates with Early Childhood Programs in the Greater Washington area: Promotes and provides Professional Development opportunities for all Early Childhood Educators; convenes the Directors Council; holds the annual Early Childhood Conference and the Directors Leadership Retreat; offers workshops and staff development opportunities in the areas of best practices and curriculum, pedagogy of Reggio Emilia, Israel education, leadership and supervision, Jewish life and values and other customized topics; conducts private consultations; convenes professional networks for Israel education, curriculum development and support.


Adas Israel’s Gan HaYeled
Nursery School
2850 Quebec St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Director Early Childhood: Sheri Brown
Ages: 2 to 5
NAEYC accredited, developmental nursery. Parent education: meetings, classes, workshops, parent-toddler class; parent involvement: Gan Parents Association.

Temple Sinai Nursery School
3100 Military Rd., N.W.
Washington, DC 20015
[email protected]
Head of School: Perri Iger-Silversmith
Ages: 2 to 5; and Parent (or Caregiver)/ Toddler program
Developmental play-based, Reggio-inspired nursery; early drop off; lunch bunch/p.m. enrichment. Vast outdoor playground, garden, art studio. Summer Adventure camp.

Washington DCJCC Preschool
1529 16th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: 202-518-9420
Director: Bini Silver
[email protected]/preschool
Ages: 2 to 5
Year-round, full time (7:30 a.m.– 6 p.m.). Reggio-inspired, child-centered curriculum. Early drop-off and afternoon enrichments.

Washington Hebrew Congregation Selma Edlavitch-Ralph Tyser Early Childhood Center
3935 Macomb St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
202-362-7100 (TTY capable)
Fax: 202-537-1091
Director: Nancy Cook
[email protected]
Ages: 2 to 5
Parent education: meetings, classes, workshops. Judaic and secular early childhood environment. Pre-school summer camp.


Alef Bet Montessori School
11418 Old Georgetown Rd.
North Bethesda, MD 20852
301-881-9010, ext. 16
Fax: 301-881-9018
Executive Director: Ellie Ayelet Lichtash
[email protected]
Nursery school, kindergarten and elementary
Ages: 18 months to 6th grade
The only AMI Certified Jewish Montessori Center for nursery, kindergarten and Elementary in the Rockville/Potomac area. Traditional Montessori, Judaics and Hebrew studies, Hebrew immersion.

Bender-Dosik Parenting Center JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 301-881-5512
The Bender-Dosik Parenting Center is a place to connect, play, learn and create lasting memories with your child. We are an inclusive community that is open to parents, caregivers and children of all backgrounds. Children from birth to age 5 enjoy a wide variety of enriching classes such as Story Time and Music Together, which support all areas of development. Parents look to the Parenting Center for relevant and engaging parenting workshops that help them find positive solutions to the daily challenges of parenting in today’s busy world. Our classes like Shabbat Shalom Playgroup and L’Amazing Baby enrich the lives of Jewish families so that values, customs and traditions can be passed on from generation to generation.

Bet Yeladim Preschool
8910 Rt. 108
Columbia, MD 21045
Executive Director: Jodi Fishman
Secular and Jewish education;
summer camp, infant program.

Beth El Preschool
8215 Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814
[email protected]
Director: Elaine Auerbach
Ages: 20 months to 5 years
Parent co-operative preschool with emphasis on family participation. Play-based program, with integrated Judaic and secular curriculum. Parent education programs throughout the year. Six week summer program, late June-July.

Beth Sholom
Early Childhood Center
11825 Seven Locks Rd.
Potomac, MD 20854
301-279-7010, ext. 212 or 214
Fax: 301-279-5815
[email protected]
Director: Michelle Singer
Administrator: Heather Strauch
Ages: Toddlers – Kindergarten
Sept – June
Camp: Nine weeks
Half day/full day options; early drop; late stay; enrichment; bi-lingual with English and Hebrew, Hebrew Resource room, parent toddler programming and parent education, Awarded for Excellence in Israel Education.

Beth Sholom
Early Childhood Center
1011 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
Fax: 301-663-8154
Ages: 2 to 5

B’nai Israel Congregation Schilit Nursery School
6301 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Director: Karen Gerton
[email protected]
State accredited
PJLL commended
Ages: 15 months to 5 years
School year and year round options.
Half and full day options to accommodate the needs of our families. Morning classes with lunch; afternoon programming and enrichment; early arrival drop-off; parent toddler/toddler time classes; young two’s classes; pre-K Gesher class; summer program; parent education; Judaic and secular developmentally appropriate, warm childhood environment.

B’nai Shalom of Olney Nursery School
18401 Burtfield Dr.
Olney, MD 20832
[email protected]
Director: Beth Hoch
Ages: 14 months to 5 years
Half and full day options. 10 and 12 month programs.
Early arrival and afternoon program for 2-5 year-olds; parent/toddler programs; late stay; summer program; commendation in Jewish early childhood education; parent association; integrated Judaic and general studies curriculum. Play based early childhood environment. Approved by Maryland State Department of Education.

Early Childhood Center (ECC) of Tikvat Israel
2200 Baltimore Rd.
Rockville, MD 20851
Director: Michelle Sobel
[email protected]
Preschool and Child Care for Ages: 18 months to 5 years
Open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. with Core Hours
9 a.m.-1 p.m..
Part-time or full-time; 3, 4 or 5 day flexible scheduling options
Open Enrollment / Year-round Programming (School Year + Summer)
We balance the importance of learning and play!

Children’s Learning Center
Jewish Nursery School
4511 Bestor Dr.
Rockville, MD 20853
Fax: 301-871-6015
Director: Renee Popkin
Ages: 3 months to 4 years
Nursery school hours:
Full-day: 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Half-day: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Child care hours: 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Infant care, September-June; Jewish Camp CLC, June-August. Small classes. Maryland State Dept. of Education approved and accredited. After school activities between 1 and 3:30 p.m. Basketball, dance and soccer.

Congregation B’nai Tzedek Laura and Joel Greenzaid ECC
10621 S. Glen Rd.
Potomac, MD 20854
Director: Bonnie Ramer
301-299-1149, ext. 333
[email protected]
Ages: 6 months to 5 years
MSDE Licensed and PJLL-commended. Offers toddler-Pre-K programs including Babies @ Play, Play and Learn classes and Parenting Workshops. Emergent Curriculum, Early Drop off and after-school enrichments, creative ECC includes innovative science and literacy programs. Engages children’s natural sense of wonder; supports children in understanding and making sense of their world; and empowering children to be lifelong, passionate learners. New nonmember families registering a child in program will receive a complimentary one-year membership to B’nai Tzedek.

Congregation Har Shalom
Early Childhood
Education Center
11510 Falls Rd.
Potomac, MD 20854
301-299-7087, ext. 235
Har Shalom offers full and half day programs for students ages 2-4 years old. Hebrew and English parent and child programs for 14-24 months. Summer-long program. Integrated Judaic and secular, developmentally appropriate emergent curriculum. Parent involvement and parent education workshops. Licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education and Partnership for Jewish Life & Learning commended.

Gan Israel Day School
770 Howes Ln.
Columbia, MD 21044
Director: Chanie Baron
Ages: 2 to 5; kindergarten and 1st grade
Preschool and enrichment.

Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim
Early Childhood Center
1910 University Blvd., W.
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Fax: 301-649-3112
Director: Sharon Wolfson
Year-round, full-day preschool
Ages: 2 to 5
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

JEMS Nursery and Daycare
11520 Darnestown Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Fax: 301-258-5135
[email protected]
Director: Chana Raichik
Ages: 2 to 4
Judaic-flavor arts and crafts, exercises. Associated with Gan-Israel Camp.

Kehillat Montessori – Kemp Mill Montessori Elementary School
1840 University Blvd., W.
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Fax: 301-593-4404

Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy Preschool
13300 Arctic Ave.
Rockville, MD 20852
301-962-9400, ext. 5129
Contact Sharon Butler, Admissions Director, at x5630, or Rebecca Gautieri, Preschool Director, at x5129.
Ages: 2 to 5 1/2
Daycare before and after school. Fully integrated Judaic and general studies curriculum.

Ohr Kodesh Congregation
Early Childhood Center
8300 Meadowbrook Ln.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301-589-3880, ext. 219
Fax: 301-495-4801
Director: Joanie Smeltz
[email protected]
Ages: 2 to 5
Parents and Toddlers
18 to 24 months
Early bird at 8:15 a.m., p.m. enrichment.
Full day component that is year round from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. with early Friday Shabbat closings.

Preschool at the Jewish Community Center
of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Director of Early Childhood Education:
Ora Cohen Rosenfeld
Curriculum Director: Sandra Lanes
Fax: 301-881-5512
[email protected]
Ages: 2 to 6
Full-day preschool, half-day preschool with options for additional childcare, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten; enrichment classes; school-age after-school care; vacation camp; holiday care; parenting programs.

Preschool of the Arts

11621 Seven Locks Road

Potomac MD 20854

Phone: 301-836-1402

Director: Esther Kavka

[email protected]

Preschool Web page/site:

A perfect fusion of ARTS & JEWISH TRADITION – Reggio Emilia inspired

Mommy & Me 6m – 2.5 years old

Ages 16m – 3 years old

September – June

Shaare Torah Nursery School
Mailing address: P.O. Box 83598
Gaithersburg, MD 20883
Meets: 1409 Main St.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
301-869-9842, ext. 113
Director: Pamela Gorin
[email protected]
Judaic and secular curricula, 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri., with lunch period. Enrichment programs available from 12:30-2 p.m. for 3-year-olds and up. Warm, nurturing, safe and secure environment. Five-day classes for 3- and 4-year olds; three-day classes for 3 year-olds; three- and two-day classes for 2-year olds; Mommy and Me classes Tues./Thurs. for 12-23 month olds; Torah Tots classes offered for transitional 2 year olds.

Silver Spring Learning
Center Nursery School
1401 Arcola Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Director: Debbie Ungar
Nursery and child care with enrichment programs.
Ages: 18 months to 5 years
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Year round
Special Judaic enrichment and Hebrew-immersion classes available.
Ages: 18 months to 5 years
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Temple Beth Ami
Nursery School
14330 Travilah Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850
Fax: 301-738-0094
Director: Paula Sayag
Nursery and Enrichment
Ages: 1 to 5
Focus on social, emotional and intellectual readiness for kindergarten; active parent community; inclusive and accepting Jewish early childhood education program.

Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Center
10101 Connecticut Ave.
Kensington, MD 20895
301-942-2000, ext. 12
Director: Madeline Lowitz Gold
[email protected]
Ages: 2 to 5
Uses Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Full day, year round program.

Washington Hebrew Congregation rabbi joseph weinberg ecc julia Bindeman suburban Center
11810 Falls Rd.
Potomac, MD 20854
Fax: 301-354-3200
Director: Phyllis Shankman
[email protected]
Ages: 18 months – Kindergarten
Focusing on social, emotional and cognitive development, our curriculum and low child-teacher ratio allow for lively instruction and individual attention. Developmentally-appropriate curriculum includes reading readiness, language arts, mathematics concepts, science, social studies, and Jewish holidays and festivals. Specialists teach computers, art, music, physical education, and media. Early drop-off and extended day options. Parenting workshops, a vibrant parents committee, and an active parent community.

Young Israel Shomrai Emunah Nursery School
813 University Blvd., W.
Silver Spring, MD 20901
[email protected]
Ages: 2 to 5
Orthodox nursery school provides nurturing care promoting love for Torah, tefillah, Shabbat, chagim, art, literature, music, science and drama. Hours from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. available.


Agudas Achim Preschool
2908 Valley Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22302
[email protected]
Half- and full-day play-based preschool in a nurturing Jewish environment. Includes Hebrew, music and story-telling.

Beth Emeth
Early Childhood Center (beecc)
12523 Lawyers Rd.
Herndon, VA 20171
703-860-4515, ext. 115
Fax: 703-860-5647
Director: Judy Fox-Tepper
Preschool and camp
Ages: 12 months to 5 years
Judaic and secular early childhood environment, Reggio-Inspired curriculum, enrichment classes, parent/toddler class. Parent education and workshops, active parent association.

Congregation Adat Reyim Preschool
6500 Westbury Oaks Ct.
Springfield, VA 22152
703-455-7529 (PLAY)
Fax: 703-912-7984
Director: Gail Froehlich
Ages: 21 months-5
Preschool Camp
Parent education; parent association. Judaic and secular early childhood environment.

Congregation Olam Tikvah Preschool
3800 Glenbrook Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22031
Fax: 703-425-0835
Director: Sharon Sherry
Ages: 21 months to 5 years

Etz Hayim Preschool
2920 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22204
[email protected]
Director: Janice Kimmelman
2-, 3-, 4- and 5-day programs. Early drop off, lunch, enrichment and summer camp available.
Gan Israel Preschool
3939 Prince William Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22031
[email protected]
Director: Beth Frame
Ages: 18 months to 5 years
At Chabad NoVa, small teacher child ratio; before and aftercare available.

Jewish Community Center
of Northern Virginia Early Childhood learning center
8900 Little River Tnpk.
Fairfax, VA 22031
Fax: 703-537-3089
Director: Amy Vermillion
Infant/toddler program (full time only) from 6 weeks-24 months; preschool (24 months-4 years) with Judaic and secular curriculum, extended care, specialty classes, summer camp, parent education, Mommy and Me, family programs.

JCCNV/BEHC Alexandria Early Childhood Learning Center
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in partnership with Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22304
Preschool office: 703-537-3084
Synagogue office: 703-370-9400
Preschool Director: Dina Backer
Ages: 18 months (by Sept 30) to 5 years
Judaic and secular curriculum, extended care, speciality classes, summer camp, parent education, family programs.

Keshet Child Development Center
758 South 23rd St.
Arlington, VA 22202
[email protected]
Director: Ilisa St. Pierre
Ages: 2 to 5

Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation Preschool
1441 Wiehle Ave.
Reston, VA 20190
Fax: 703-437-3443
Director: Cindi Drake
Ages: 2 to 5

The Rosie Uran Jewish Education Center (RUJEC)
at Congregation Sha’are Shalom
19357 Evergreen Mills Rd.
Leesburg, VA 20175
Director: Sheryl Brotman, Allison Musa
Programs that promote all aspects of children’s development and Jewish identity, enabling them to reach their potential cognitively, emotionally and socially.

Temple Rodef Shalom Nursery School
2100 Westmoreland St.
Falls Church, VA 22042
Fax: 703-756-0754
Director: Fran Pfeffer
Mommy/Daddy and Me,
Ages: 6 months to 2 years
Preschool and Enrichment
Transitional twos
Ages: 2 to 5

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