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Preschool History

The dream to have a preschool at Temple Emanu-El in San Jose became a reality on September 24, 2001. Opening with just one student, enrollment quickly grew and we ended our first year with about 40 young friends. Our school has continued to grow and in the fall of 2004 we opened our first kindergarten class. Temple Emanu-El Preschool is located on the campus of Temple Emanu-El which was founded in 1861 and serves as one of the oldest Synagogues in the Bay Area.

Temple Emanu-El Preschool under went a major renovation over the summer of 2004. We moved back into our "home" in December of 2004 to a beautifully renovated building. Completely modernized classrooms, child size bathroom fixtures, upgraded earthquake and fire protection systems are just some of the many exciting changes to our building.

Student Ratios

Our student to teacher ratio falls below the county norm of 1:12. We strive to provide children with the one on one attention that they deserve while preparing them for their next step in education.

Toilet Training

Children do not need to be toilet trained to enroll in our program. Our quality staff will work with the child at school on toilet training in conjunction with the family working at home. All children are special and they will master toilet training, however we find that it is best to wait until the child shows signs of readiness.

Health and Sickness policy

Temple Emanu-El Preschool has a very firm health and sickness policy. Our goal is to provide a quality education to our students and we love to see them every day. However, when children are ill we request that they remain at home until they are not only non-contagious, but also feeling well. Please inquire for a copy of our health and sickness policy.

No Nit Policy

Temple Emanu-El preschool has a no nit policy. All students must be completely free of nits prior to returning to school.


Students who show a readiness to our program are welcome to enroll.

Preschool Tuition Information

Tuition is charged on a monthly basis.

A sibling discount is offered to enrolled siblings and a discount for Temple members is also offered.

Our Hours

Mornings Only:  8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Full time hours: Children may attend 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM with no extended care charges.

Extended day care:  Extended care is available for morning only students:  7:00 AM to 8:30 AM and from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM by arrangement only for an additional fee.

Late fees:  Late fees will be charged for pick up of your child(ren) after 6:00 PM or after 12:00 PM on days school closes at noon.

A non refundable $175.00 registration fee per child is required to save a space or be placed on the waiting list.

Please contact us at (408) 293-8660 or

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