Baltimore Jewish Preschools & Daycares

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It may seem hard to believe, but there will come a time when your child is going to take his or her first step, roll, or crawl out of the nest and into an organized program with other children. Whether you are looking for daycare, full-day preschool, half-day preschool, or something in between, finding the right fit for your child and family can seem like an overwhelming task.

To help get you on your way, we have rounded up a list of Jewish preschools in the Baltimore area.

The fine print: The information on this page was provided by the respective schools, and as such, we can’t ensure the accuracy of any particular entry. If you are interested in a school, the best thing to do is call them, arrange a visit, and ask lots and lots of questions. Not sure what to ask? We can help:  Top Ten Questions to Ask a Preschool.

Bais Yaakov Preschool
11111 Park Heights Avenue
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Denomination: Orthodox
Age Range: 3 – 6 years
Director/Principal: Miriam Trout
Description: Our preschool is the gateway for the Torah Chinuch of our girls. The goal of the preschool program is to develop a love for Torah and Mitzvot, building the foundation for healthy social and emotional development, together with academic readiness. All of this is accomplished in a fun and loving environment that includes experiential activities, both in limudei kodesh as well as in general studies. Art, physical education, music, special activities, and field trips all enhance the educational experience.

Beth El Baltimore Pauline Mash School for Early Childhood Education
8101 Park Heights Ave
Baltimore, MD 21208
Denomination: Conservative
Age Range: 6 weeks – 5 years
Director/Principal: Mandy Barish
Day Camp? Yes
Description: The Pauline Mash School for Early Childhood Education provides children with a nurturing Jewish environment and innovative educational experiences that stimulate exploration, creativity, and problem-solving. We strive to instill a sense of pride in Jewish culture and tradition and believe that children reach their highest potentials when school and family are partners in the educational process.
What Makes Us Unique:  Our flexible scheduling and continuity of care, we are an accredited EXCELS Level 3 school.
Favorite School Event: Grandparent Appreciation Day–an annual breakfast for all grandparents
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Apple cake–there are many kinds of apples in an apple cake, and we encourage diversity and inclusiveness in our school.  Apple cake is also associated with Rosh Hashanah, and every year is a new beginning in our program with new growth for our staff and families.

Beth El @ Federal Hill
1530 Battery Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230
Denomination: Conservative
Age Range: 2-5 years
Director/Principal: Ilene Vogelstein
Description: We provide children with a nurturing Jewish environment and innovative, educational experiences that stimulate exploration, creativity, and community and facilitate their growth as curious, competent, responsible and caring individuals. Through observation and documentation, we empower young children to become effective, enthusiastic, independent learners. We partner with their families to create a warm, caring and supportive community where everyone is respected and valued.
What Makes Us Unique: We are the only Jewish preschool in downtown Baltimore. The city is part of our curriculum as we walk to the Science Center, Visionary Art Museum, yoga studios, etc.
Favorite School Event: Our annual community tashlich at the Inner Harbor. This community event is indicative of our commitment to the community around us and the community-based nature of our curriculum.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: A blintz because we wrap all our children and families with love.

Beth Israel Joseph and Corinne Schwartz Preschool
3706 Crondall Lane Ave
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Director/Principal: Chris Wilson
Denomination: Conservative
Age Range:  2 – 5 years
Day Camp? Yes
Description: Jewish values and traditions are seamlessly integrated into our emergent curriculum. We believe all children have the right to caring relationships and rich learning environments provided by adults who listen to their ideas, value their thinking, and broaden their understanding of our world. We believe every young child is intelligent, competent, curious, and capable of constructing knowledge through interactions with parents, peers, and educators.
What Makes Us Unique: Our focus is on the individual child and developmentally appropriate practice. Our teachers are “guides on the side” who help children learn how to problem solve and develop a sense of curiosity. Beth Israel is accredited with the MSDE, and is an EXCELS Level 2 school.
Favorite School Event: Pajama Havdalah–teachers and clergy perform an original musical explaining the Havdalah ceremony. The show is followed by a Havdalah service and ends with milk and cookies.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Sweet Noodle Kugel–filled with yummy things, no two are exactly alike, and a traditional favorite.

Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore
6300 Park Heights Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215
Director/Principal: Yehudis Hexter
Denomination: Orthodox
Age Range: Pre-K – High School, Girls Only
Description: Bnos Yisroel aims to educate each individual student in a nurturing Torah environment while instilling in her a love of Yiddishkeit, self-esteem, and a lasting commitment to family, community and Klal Yisroel as she charts her unique path in Avodas Hashem.

Beth Tfiloh PreSchool
3300 Old Court Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Denomination: Community School
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Director/Principal: Melissa Lebowitz
Day Camp: Yes  
Description: Beth Tfiloh Preschool is dedicated to the belief that preschool offers extraordinary opportunities for the emotional, spiritual, physical, and intellectual growth of young children. Children feel safe, loved, and excited about coming to school every day.
What Makes Us Unique: We are a Reggio-inspired school. We believe deeply in this approach and that children have a right to a joyous childhood. We merge this approach seamlessly with our Jewish learning.
Favorite School Event: Spotlight–a fundraising event benefiting our scholarship fund, because we believe every child has the right to a Jewish education.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Rainbow cake! Our goal is to reach children and families of all flavors and colors.

Cheder Chabad
3402 Clarks Lane
Baltimore, MD 21215
Denomination: Chabad
Agre Range: Infants – Kindergarten
Director/Principal: Chanie Feldman
Description: Cheder Chabad instills in its students a love for one another and an excitement for their roles as Yidden. All learning is guided by the principles of Chabad Chassidus, to help our students attain the knowledge, values, and strength of conviction to make and maintain a lifelong commitment to Torah and mitzvos.

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center
7401 Park Heights Ave
Baltimore, MD 21208
Denomination: Reform
Age Range:  10 weeks – 5 years old
Director/Principal: Jill Eisen
Day Camp: Yes
Description: E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center stimulates and supports curious learners who are confident in exploring their environment, asking questions, and experiencing authentic and age-appropriate activities to expand their knowledge of the world around us.
What Makes Us Unique: 
We have a wonderful, warm, environment that welcomes all. Our school community is wonderfully diverse yet feels very much like an extended family. We have an active PTA, dedicated staff, and have many joint preschool and congregational programs which build strong community bonds.
Favorite School Event:
The annual back-to-school picnic, our families return from their summer vacations eager to socialize and eat dinner together. The genuine warmth and friendships in our school family are apparent to all.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Kugel is warm, sweet, fragrant and delicious – an appropriate description of our children, staff, and school environment.

Gan Rutie
3710 Fords Lane
Baltimore, MD 21215
Director/Principal: Rutie Schwiger
Description: A licensed child care center in Baltimore for ultra-Orthodox families.

Gan Yaffa Nursery Preschool
6106 Biltmore Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
Age Range: 6 weeks – 4 years old
Director/Principal: Yaffa Arnson

Chizuk Amuno Congregation Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center
8100 Stevenson Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21208
Denomination: Conservative
Age Range:  18 months – 5 years
Director/Principal: Michelle Gold
Day Camp: Yes
Description: We provide stimulating, nurturing, creative experiences within a Jewish environment. We support and encourage the social, emotional, academic, physical and spiritual growth and development of the whole child.
What Makes Us Unique: We are an MSDE accredited school, and are Maryland EXCELS Level 3.
Favorite School Event: Our Breakfast with the Birds celebrates the Orioles opening day, and dads, grandfathers, uncles, etc. come to school with the children on this fun morning.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: Matzah ball soup–we are a large pot full of different vegetables, unique flavors, and big soft matzah balls that warm the soul and put a smile on your face. Our school makes you feel like you are home.

JEWELS Preschool
5713-B Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
(410) 415-3515
Age Range:  2 – 6 years
Director/Principal: Shuli Bamberger
Description:  JEWELS is an inclusion preschool where children with special needs are educated in classrooms alongside typically developing children. Children with special needs receive therapeutic services and assessments, including special education, speech, occupational and physical therapies.  Supplemental enrichment activities include music, gymnastics, cooking, art, and computers. All classrooms utilize a multi-sensory approach to learning, incorporating sensory activities daily.

Harvey M. and Lynn P. Meyerhoff Early Childhood Center
Weinberg Park Heights JCC

5700 Park Heights Ave
Baltimore, MD 21093
Denomination:  Jewish Community Center
Age Range: 3 months – 4 years
Director/Principal: Carly Schwartz
Day Camp: Yes
Description: We aim to build sacred relationships (kedusha) among children, staff, and parents. Our community (kehillah) is a secure and reassuring environment where everyone grows and learns (brit). We focus on the uniqueness (tzelem Elohim) of each child in relationship to their family, peers, community, and society.
What Makes Us Unique: We are one of the only area preschools to offer the Healthy Choices program which helps children, families, and teachers develop a positive relationship with food with the goal of preventing childhood obesity.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food: 
Our school is like a bagel—always a good choice!

Stoler Early Childhood Education Center
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
3506 Gwynnbrook Ave
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Denomination: Jewish Community Center
Age Range: 2 years – Kindergarten
Ilene Meister
Day Camp: Yes
Description: The needs, strengths, and interests of each child are addressed through an integrated, developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to promote positive self-esteem. The school is committed to the principles of derech eretz – teaching respect for ourselves, each other, and the world. Learning through play, hands-on experiences, and Jewish culture and values are integrated throughout the curriculum.
What Makes Us Unique: Students learn Hebrew, ASL, and Spanish. Our Second Step program teaches core social-emotional skills, and we use a values-based curriculum derived from classic Jewish text. Students also benefit from the Healthy Choice food program, intergenerational programming, physical education, gardening, swimming, music, and more.
Favorite School Event: Our annual Pajama Party – a book sale and fun activities in a carnival setting.
If Our School were a Jewish Food: Kugel – it has a variety of ingredients just like our school has a variety of activities, specials, field trips, and family programs. It is also enjoyed by all ages.

Ner Tamid Montessori
6214 Pimlico Road
Baltimore, MD 21209
Denomination: Orthodox
Age Range: 2-5 years
Noa Goldman
Day Camp: No
Description: Ner Tamid Montessori School nurtures each child according to his or her own developmental level and pace. Keeping with the Montessori philosophy, children are given freedom within structure to allow them to develop independence and inner discipline with the guidance of our teachers.
What Makes Us Unique: We are an MSDE EXCEL school and an MSDE Validated Montessori School
Favorite School Event: Our holiday celebrations, particularly our Chanukah and Pesach programs.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food:
 Potato kugel because it is soothing to the stomach and the soul.

Temple Oheb Shalom Learning Ladder
7310 Park Heights Ave
Baltimore MD, 21208
Aileen Friedman
Denomination: Reform
Age Range: 10 weeks – 5 years
Day Camp: Yes – school runs year-round
Description: The Learning Ladder welcomes and nurtures children in a Jewish environment. We are committed to providing a meaningful and developmentally appropriate program centered on purposeful activities and real-life tasks, using a play-based, emergent, and outdoor curriculum.
What Makes Us Unique:
We are a warm and nurturing school that provides a home-like atmosphere for our families. We have little to no staff turnover and are proud of the continuity of care for our children. We are a Maryland EXCELS Level 3 school.
Favorite School Event: 
Our annual Family Fun Day with a moon bounce, face painting, and balloons.
If Our School Were a Jewish Food:
Chicken soup! We are warm, nurturing and make you feel good.

Ohr Chadash Academy Preschool
7310 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21208
Denomination: Orthodox
Age Range: 2 – 4 years
Director/Principal: Leah Golfeyz
Description: Our early childhood center is carefully structured to stimulate and encourage student development through an array of hands-on experiences. Lessons in middot, Shabbat, chagim, and parashah and secular studies including social studies, math, and science are all infused with a sense of kedushah which is the hallmark of an OCA education.

Talmudical Academy – Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim
4445 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
Denomination: Orthodox
Age Range: 3 – 5 years, boys only
Director/Principal: Beily Rosen
Description: Students in the early childhood program experience hands-on learning, gross motor play, fine motor activities, and build pre-reading skills. Students actively develop their middos and learn how to interact socially with others in a respectful fashion while gaining self-confidence and a sense of security at school.

Torah Institute
35 Rosewood Lane
Owings Mills, MD 21117
(410) 654-3500, x 1015
Denomination: Orthodox
Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Director/Principal: Fleurli Muller
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