Due to the current pandemic, the preschool office is operating remotely. Enrollment for the 2020-2021 School Year is now open.  The anticipated first day of school is Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Preschool Philosophy

Etz Hayim is a private Jewish Preschool for children ranging in age from 18 months through pre-kindergarten. Established in 2001, Etz Hayim’s goal is to address each individual child’s personal developmental needs. Offering an atmosphere of learning that is nurturing and enjoyable, Etz Hayim is dedicated to helping your child grow and flourish.


Etz Hayim Preschool offers a play-based curriculum through a Jewish lens. Play offers the greatest opportunity for learning at this age. Lessons are child-centered and allow children to choose activities of interest to them while providing opportunities for cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth. As they become ready, children develop at their own individual pace and are encouraged to try a variety of activities. The preschool day is designed to give your child free-play time as well as structured, learning experiences. 

Some examples of themes that are introduced throughout the year are Jewish holidays, self-identity, family concepts, the natural world, health and safety, math concepts, American celebrations, etc. The curriculum has been designed to provide a Jewish atmosphere throughout the program. The children are given a sense of Jewish identity through the weekly observance of Shabbat, the celebration of Jewish holidays and the introduction of Hebrew through songs, stories, and conversation. Through regular exposure, children gain a familiarity with the synagogue environment.

Our Day

Our half- and full- day programs are offered on a school yer schedule from September to June.

  • Half-Day Program 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Full-Day Program up to 8am to 5:30pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 4pm on Friday. (suspended for 2020-2021)
  • Optional Early Care 8am to 9:30am available to all students. (suspended for 2020-2021)
  • Optional Lunch 12:30 to 1:15pm is available most days for half-day students and is included in part of the regular day for full-day students. (suspended for the start of 2020-2021)

Please note: the current health crisis may impact the overall preschool schedule, including but not limited to hours of operation, the number of days a week school is open and the official first day of school which is currently set for Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Etz Hayim Preschool is a member of the Department of Jewish Life and Learning through the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Our teachers are affiliated with the National Association of the Education of Young Children. Etz Hayim Preschool is monitored by the Commonwealth of Virginia and is exempt from regulation at the local level under the auspices of a religious institution pursuant to Section 63.2-1716 of the Code of Virginia.  The preschool operates under the auspices of is a program of Congregation Etz Hayim and is insured by the congregations.

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