Brotherhood Way Preschool

Ages 2 – 5

Brotherhood Way Preschool, located in the Lake Merced neighborhood, is rooted in Jewish values and San Francisco culture. We’re committed to giving children the freedom to discover their world through play.

  • Youth & Family
  • Preschool
  • Camp
Brotherhood Way Preschool kids smiling on the playground.

Led by Director Edna Vaknin, Brotherhood Way Preschool is located at 655 Brotherhood Way in the Lake Merced neighborhood on a woodland campus shared with the Brandeis School. The newly remodeled school features bright, spacious classrooms, an outdoor play area, a garden space and an art studio.

Our preschools are built upon shared goals, values and knowledge that deliver the highest quality experience possible. We’re committed to creating an inclusive community that’s infused with meaningful Jewish values. We celebrate holidays with our children and families throughout the year as well as a weekly Shabbat. Our program is built on the fundamental premise that children learn and understand their world through play. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, we provide a variety of opportunities for learning, exploration, creativity and self-expression.

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Boys playing with blocks

Dates & Rates

Brotherhood Way 9-Month Program

August 2024 – May 2025 (half days)
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Laughing preschool teacher helps child with blocks

Brotherhood Way 11-Month Program

August 2024 – July 2025 (full days)
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Girls painting at Brotherhood Way Preschool.

* Morning and afternoon extended care is available for an extra fee. Financial assistance is available.


We can’t wait to welcome you and your little one to our family of preschools. We’ll support you every step of the way – from applying and touring, throughout your days with us, and into the big transition to kindergarten. Let’s get started!

Submit an Application

Online applications for the 2024 – 2025 school year are closed. Please email Arianna Carino at if you are interested in applying.

When you select the “Apply” button, you will be prompted to either log into your existing JCCSF account or create a new one. Once you’re logged into your account, select “Personal Information” from the settings, and under “My Household” create a new contact for your child. Then when you continue onto the application, select your child’s profile to complete the process.

Take a Tour

Tours are closed for the 2024-25 school year. Please email Arianna Carino at if you are interested in applying.

Fill Out a Questionnaire

After completing a preschool tour, you will receive a Post-Tour Questionnaire that needs to be returned to complete the application process.

Decision Time

Admission letters are sent in mid-March for fall enrollment.


After accepting your spot, you’ll receive an enrollment agreement and a non-refundable $600 deposit is due. We maintain an active wait pool and fill additional spaces as they become available throughout the year. Families who have applied, but not toured, will still be considered for mid-year vacancies.

Financial Assistance

Once you’ve accepted your spot at one of our preschools, you can submit your application to receive adjusted tuition for the upcoming school year.


  • To be considered for enrollment in the 2024 – 2025 school year, your child must be 2 years old by August 19, 2024.
  • You must complete all three steps of the application process.
  • Only one application is required for admission to all three preschools.

Questions about applying or touring? Contact Theresa Arroyo at 415.292.1252 or

Summer Camp at Brotherhood Way Preschool

Registration Now Open

Brotherhood Way Preschool Camps

Camps for Preschool (age 2 – 5) are all 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Add on AM Care and PM Care. All options are listed in our Camp Finder above. Click through the options you want and add them to your cart.

5/21 – 5/31 (No camp May 27)

Global Music Makers: Campers will dance, play instruments, listen to stories, and celebrate with crafts as we explore music from England, Spain, Mexico and Africa.

Camp: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM // $890

AM Care: 8:00 – 9:00 AM // $160

PM Care: 1:00 – 3:00 PM // $305

PM Care: 1:00 – 6:00 PM // $765


6/3 – 6/14 (No camp June 12)

Summer Scientists: Campers will explore science with hands-on projects and wacky experiments. Activities are designed to inspire kids to get creative and explore the world around them.

Camp: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM // $890

AM Care: 8:00 – 9:00 AM // $160

PM Care: 1:00 – 3:00 PM // $305

PM Care: 1:00 – 6:00 PM // $765


6/17 – 6/28 (No camp June 19)

Wild, Wildlife: An unforgettable experience for campers, including live animal visits from our rescue wildlife ambassadors, animal-themed games, crafts and nature excursions.

Camp: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM // $890

AM Care: 8:00 – 9:00 AM // $160

PM Care: 1:00 – 3:00 PM // $305

PM Care: 1:00 – 6:00 PM // $765


7/1 – 7/12 (No camp July 4)

Summer in San Francisco: Campers will have the opportunity to explore San Francisco through a range of engaging activities, artistic endeavors and guided excursions. We will embark on explorations of our local neighborhood, as well as iconic landmarks such as Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Zoo and Ocean Beach. Join us for this journey as we discover and tour the city together.

Camp: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM // $890

AM Care: 8:00 – 9:00 AM // $160

PM Care: 1:00 – 3:00 PM // $305

PM Care: 1:00 – 6:00 PM // $765


7/15 – 7/26

Space Exploration: Are you prepared for an extraordinary space journey? Let’s embark on an unforgettable voyage to explore the sun, moon, stars, and even create our very own spaceship.

Camp: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM // $990

AM Care: 8:00 – 9:00 AM // $180

PM Care: 1:00 – 3:00 PM // $340

PM Care: 1:00 – 6:00 PM // $850

Deposit & Camp Policies

A nonrefundable deposit of $150 per child, per camp is due with registration, including those who are applying for financial assistance. Individual camp sessions may be one to three weeks long; each camp session requires a deposit. All fees must be paid in full for AM and PM Care at the time of registration. If the deposit is a financial hardship and you intend to apply for financial assistance, please contact the camp office prior to registration or 415.292.1263. You may pay by ACH, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. A 3% fee will be added to each transaction. Read the full Summer Camp 2024 policy here.

Navigating the Kindergarten Process

Graduating from preschool to kindergarten is a big step! Did you know that 80% of our preschool families get into one of their top two choices of kindergartens? Our enrollment support process can help you get a spot in local programs like Brandeis, San Francisco Day School, Burkes, Town School for Boys, San Francisco Friends School, Hamlin, Convent, Stuart Hall, Marin Country Day School, Live Oak and more. Listen below as Diller site director Karla Cianci shares how the JCCSF family of preschools can help your family navigate the tricky and stress-inducing SF kindergarten process.

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What is Reggio-Emilia philosophy and how is it applied?

Over forty years of dedicated work from Reggio Emilia inspires us to further think about the rights of children, their autonomy, and to listen for what they know and want to know. This will challenge our inherited impulses to contain, correct, and guard children. Observing, documenting, reflecting, designing, and experimenting on the teachers’ part will make this ongoing shift possible. The listening and observation teachers do will enhance their ability to create sensitive contexts for children’s play and learning and then teachers can truly recognize the insights the children and small group work can bring.  

What does a typical day Brotherhood Way look like?

After welcoming the children to school, we begin the day with a time of open exploration that can include art, blocks, dramatic play, manipulation, writing or quiet time. A mid-morning snack and meeting then take place before we move into a small group facilitated experiences like music or gardening. We then head outside for some playtime before lunch. Half-day students then have a closing meeting and prepare to go home while full-day students transition to a rest period with either a nap or meditation. The afternoon continues for full-day students with another small-group experience and more time playing outside or going on a walk before we wind down for the day with a final meeting before preparing to be picked up. 

What makes Brotherhood Way different from Helen Diller and Rosenberg?

Brotherhood Way offers full-day and half-day programs, year-round or 9 months. Serving children 2 – 5.5 in a beautiful woodland set in Lake Merced neighborhood.

Does my child need to be Jewish to enroll?

No. Children of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to apply.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes. Visit our financial assistance page to learn more.

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We are back in our third year at preschool, and quite frankly are amazed at how well things are going amidst the pandemic. The school's health and safety protocols are top-notch, but the JOY is still there. I'm so grateful that my child is learning, having fun, and building relationships every day.

Melanie D.


This is our first year at the school and our 3-year-old son is loving it. He has flourished and developed so much since starting in August. The teachers are caring, loving and provide an engaging environment for kids . . . This school has my highest recommendation!

Debbie F.

Brotherhood Way Preschool Parent

My daughter is in her second year at the Brotherhood Way Preschool, and we have been very glad we found this community. She has truly been thriving from being around the teachers and children, and it's been great to get connected to more families here in the city . . . The situation with COVID-19 really drove home how important her school friends have been.

Jesse R.


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