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 partner with Jewish Preschools in the Federation’s service area to provide need-based scholarships to Jewish children.

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 preschools.

Participating preschools

The following preschools received Federation funding for scholarships in the 2019-2020 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


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


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


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

East Bay: 

Beth El Nursery School (BENS), Berkeley 
Beth Emek Preschool, Pleasanton 
Beth Sholom Preschool, San Leandro 
The Gan - Alameda Jewish Preschool, Alameda 
Gan Avraham Preschool, Oakland 
Gan B'nai Shalom Preschool, Walnut Creek 
Gan Chabad Preschool, Pleasanton 
Gan Ilan Preschool, Lafayette 
Gan Mah Tov Preschool, Oakland 
Gan Sameach Preschool, Fremont 
Gan Shalom Preschool, Berkeley 
Gan Yiladim Preschool, Walnut Creek 
Gani Jewish Preschool, Oakland 
JCC East Bay Preschool, Berkeley
Ganeinu, El Cerrito 
Netivot Shalom Preschool, Berkeley 
Temple Sinai David Pregerson Preschool, Oakland 
Tree of Life Learning Center, Danville 

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:
Eliezah Hoffman
Project Manager, Community Impact