Our philosophy and curriculum are based on our understanding that each child develops at an individual pace. Our program considers the developmental stages and needs of young children, and allows them to learn about themselves and their world in a loving and supportive Jewish environment.


Congregation Beth Sholom Family Preschool was voted Best Preschool in San Francisco by the readers of the J Weekly. Thank you for voting for us!

We’re accepting applications now for the 2020-2021 school year.



Our program respects the developmental stages of young children, and seeks to enable children to:

  • Know that they are always competent, safe, and loved

  • Expand their ability to recognize and express feelings appropriately

  • Explore and discover their world through play

  • Increase their sense of independence and self-control through decision-making and problem-solving

  • Build strong relationships with their teachers and other adults in their lives

  • Develop creative and critical thinking skills

  • Increase language skills to express individual ideas and to ask questions

  • Explore the outdoors through trips around our neighborhood and to The Presidio

  • Take pride in mastering and completing multiple tasks

  • Build friendships with other children and gain maturity through the ability to resolve conflicts

  • Experiment with different materials

  • Develop a sense of pride and love for Judaism

  • Acquire a love of books, art, and music


The Congregation Beth Sholom Family Preschool enriches the lives of young children and their families by providing opportunities for learning, creativity, exploration, and curiosity. Our school is inspired by the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. It is our belief that all children are competent learners, ready to explore their environments, engage in social interactions, and construct their own learning. Play is essential to early learning because it offers opportunities for children to build relationships with other children, with materials, and with their environment. The strength of our preschool comes from the sense of community that is built through family engagement. Parent education workshops, ongoing teacher education, and individual counseling with families are also integral parts of our program.

Our preschool is infused with Judaic values and culture. Classroom experiences are guided by Jewish holidays and traditions, demonstrated especially by our weekly All School Shabbat and havdalah rituals. Children also learn about Judaica through stories, smells, tastes, sounds, and touch. By living our Jewish values, sharing stories, singing songs, cooking, and celebrating the Jewish holidays together, we help to make Judaism a meaningful part of each family’s life.

We are currently enrolling families for our 2020-21 school year. We have full time and part time availability.

The CBS Family Preschool Inquiry Form is available here.



We are open from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., 11 months each year, from September – July.
We also have a 4-week summer program in July and August!



Katherine Barboni

Director of
Early Childhood Education



Dale Kleisley

Associate Director of Early Childhood Education, Jewish Resource Specialist & Director of Family Engagement


Daily Options for Preschoolers (aged 2–4)
We offer Tuesday/Thursday, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, and Monday–Friday programs
Early Morning Care — 8 – 9 a.m.
School day — 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Extended Day Program — until 5:30 p.m. (depending on your needs)
Nap time — 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (individualized; we can accommodate each child’s needs)

Daily options Pre-Kindergarten (ages 4 & 5)
Pre-K students are required to enroll five days per week
Morning Early Care — 8 – 9 a.m.
Pre-K Class — 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Extended Day Program — until 5:30 p.m. (depending on your needs)
Nap time — 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (individualized; we can accommodate each child’s needs)

For additional information about our preschool or to arrange a tour, please contact:

Dale Kleisley
Associate Director of Early Childhood Education, Jewish Resource Specialist & Director of Family Engagement



Whether or not you are a CBS Family Preschool parent, you can support our preschool when you shop at select stores. Please click here to learn more about how your online or brick-and-mortar shopping can raise money for preschool programs.

You can also support our preschool by participating in our weekly challah delivery program. Please click here to learn more and view the order form.