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All Are Welcome

The Bender JCC embraces and welcomes the diversity of our community and encourages everyone to seek meaning and fulfillment by participating in our rich programming inspired by our Jewish heritage.

We open our doors to everyone, including people of all backgrounds, religions, abilities and sexual orientations, and interfaith couples and families.

Learn More About Our Preschool

Join our Director, Ora Cohen Rosenfeld to learn more about the newly renovated Bender JCC of Greater Washington Sondra and Howard Bender Early Childhood Center.

You are invited to visit the school, hear about our curriculum, tour the classrooms and the Bender JCC.

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A play-based curriculum—founded on Emergent Curriculum and inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach—enables children to become active learners and engaged classroom participants, and interest-based topic studies invite students to explore the world around them. Children are encouraged to express themselves through art and music, and Jewish values, customs, and traditions are integrated throughout the curriculum.

View Our Current Parent Handbook

2018-2019 Preschool Calendar

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Our staff makes a difference and it is our priority to employ experienced and talented staff members that meet our high standards. We provide ongoing professional development to support our staff as lifelong learners. Our talented and dedicated staff is committed to ensuring each child’s happiness, safety, and growth.

If you were to peek into our classrooms, you might see children involved in a community meeting, dressing up, baking challah, immersed in constructing with LEGOs or blocks , looking at books, creating a train village, playing instruments, making signs, or drawing self-portraits.

Our children are fortunate to have access to the wonderful Bender JCC facility, which includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gymnasium, art and dance studios, walking paths, and the Recreation Station.

With two playgrounds, a growing garden, and an abundance of grassy areas, our children benefit from experiences that enlighten and engage outside the classroom. Each day includes learning opportunities outside our four walls, so a warm pair of snow boots and raingear are a must!

We are pleased to offer a program which is rich in Jewish culture, tradition, and values. At the Bender JCC Preschool we celebrate all of the Jewish holidays as well as Thanksgiving, Presidents’ Day, and Martin Luther King Day. HoliDaycare and Kid Koverage is available when the preschool is closed.