Rosenberg Early Childhood Center is a preschool community rooted in Jewish values and San Francisco culture. We’re committed to giving children the freedom to discover their world through play.
Youth & Family
Led by Senior Director Kelly Dotson, Rosenberg Early Childhood Center is located in the Inner Richmond at 325 Arguello Boulevard, just blocks from the JCCSF. Set inside the beautiful historic landmark Campfire Girls building, the school features spacious classrooms, an outdoor play area, garden space and art studio. Children and teachers also make regular trips to the Presidio for outdoor time.
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.
Dates & Rates
Rosenberg 11-Month Program
August 2022 – July 2023
M – F | 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
$33,820 / year
Financial assistance is available.
Tour & Application Process
Submit an application. Applications are accepted year-round, but your child must be two years old by September 1st of the year of enrollment.
Schedule a tour (virtual info session). Tours run from October through December each year for the following year’s fall enrollment and are required for your application to be considered complete. After you attend a tour, you will be asked to complete a Post Tour Questionnaire. Both the tour and the questionnaire are required. If you’ve missed the tour window, you are still welcome to apply, and someone will reach out if there are more tours being offered.
Notification of admittance. During the standard cycle, admission letters are sent in mid-March for fall enrollment. A $600 deposit is due when you sign the enrollment contract. 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.
Navigating the Kindergarten Process
Graduating from preschool to kindergarten is a big step! Did you know that 92% 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 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.
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 Rosenberg 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 experience like music or gardening. We then head outside for some playtime before lunch. Children then transition to a rest period with either a nap or meditation before the afternoon continues with another small-group experience and more time playing outside or going on a walk. The afternoon starts to wind down with a final meeting before preparing to be picked up.
What makes Rosenberg different from Helen Diller and Brotherhood Way?
Rosenberg is an 11-month full-day program serving children ages 2 – 5 in a historical cottage nestled within theInner Richmond District. Rosenberg has two large play yards and a bountiful garden for children to explore.
Does my child need to be Jewish to enroll?
No. Children of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to apply.
The school's approach, space, and leadership team foster an environment that builds good kids. During our time there, the parent community provided wonderful support and camaraderie as well.
Two of our children attended Rosenberg for three years each and we can say, without a doubt, that the experience was a transformative one for each of them. The environment, the staff, the facility and the parent community were all exceptional and the bonds of friendship formed in the Rosenberg community will last us a lifetime.
Staff are trained and coached to really listen to the kids and understand their needs before deciding how to work with them. The result are children who have a strong sense of who they are and their own agency in the world.
How Rosenberg adapted to COVID really highlights its strengths . . . [The teachers] talk with the kids and really engage the whole child in understanding why things are different and why it's okay because it keeps us all safe. I am so grateful to have Rosenberg as a partner in parenting during this experience and being apart of the Rosenberg community has been an incalculable benefit.
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