Jewish Preschool Scholarships

We believe the Bay Area’s high cost of living shouldn’t deny educational opportunities and Jewish experiences for young people in our community.  

That’s why we’re partnering to provide need-based scholarships to Jewish children attending qualified Jewish preschools in the Federation’s service area.

Scholarship guidelines

Preschools use these guidelines when administering the Federation’s scholarships.

  • Applicants must live in the Federation’s service area. 
  • Families may apply for preschool scholarships for one or more children.
  • Children must be Jewish (as identified by their families). 
  • Families must contribute a minimum percentage of total tuition according to their ability to pay. 
  • Scholarships must be “last resort” funds, supplementing financial assistance provided by the preschool, family, and all other possible sources, for families who would otherwise not be able to attend.

How to apply

Families must apply for the Federation’s preschool scholarships through their participating preschool.

Participating preschools

The following preschools received Federation funding for scholarships in the 2015-2016 year. 

San Francisco: 

JCCSF (Brotherhood Way Preschool, Helen Diller Family Preschool, Rosenberg Early Childhood Education Center) 
Gan Noe Preschool
Congregation Beth Sholom Preschool
Shalom School
Temple Emanu-El Preschool 
Congregation Sherith Israel Preschool

Peninsula:

Chai Preschool, Foster City
Peninsula JCC, Foster City 
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto
Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City
Peninsula Temple Sholom, Burlingame 
South Peninsula Hebrew Day School Preschool, Sunnyvale

Marin:

Gan Israel, San Rafael 
Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael campus and Tiburon campus at Congregation Kol Shofar)

Sonoma:

Gan Israel, Petaluma
Beth Ami Community Nursery School, Santa Rosa 

Scholarship award process

The Federation allocates block grants to each qualifying preschool from which to award scholarships based on financial need. Applications are reviewed and awards determined by the school’s financial aid committee. Application contents and materials and applicants’ identities are kept strictly confidential. Applicants will be notified about award decisions directly by the preschool.

 

For more information, please contact:
Caroline Poland
Program Officer
415.512.6252