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At Jennifer Rosen Meade Preschool, we nourish your child’s growth and engage them in experiential learning enriched by a unique blend of Jewish values in a way that serves the whole family, and makes us all feel connected within the warm embrace of a Reform synagogue community. Our premier secular learning opportunities regularly put us at top of our parents’ minds as one of the best Seattle preschools, best Bellevue preschools, and the best Jewish preschools.

Our teachers support and encourage children to acquire knowledge through child-centered, discovery, exploration, creative thinking and problem-solving, and nurture a strong foundation for a life-long love of learning. We use our beautiful wooded setting to bring the outdoors in and the indoors out every day.

Ask our parents and you’ll quickly hear about how much their child loves joining their friends in the classroom for an exciting and developmentally in-tune educational experience.

We draw on a broad range of proven educational methods and programs, including not only math, science, art, language and literacy, but also movement, cooking, creative thinking, and music all with integrated Judaics. We educate the whole child and nurture their body, mind and spirit.

“What we love about our students is that they are curious and eager to try new things. Children thrive in our warm caring environment. It is nice that for the most part, we have the common thread of Judaism which connects us even though we all come from different backgrounds.”

Laurel Abrams, Preschool Specialist at Jennifer Rosen Meade

To ensure our program continues to be a top Jewish preschool in the Bellevue and greater Seattle area, we continually evolve with an innovative, child-centered curriculum, in a warm, supportive Reform Jewish environment. Your child can develop confidence, critical thinking skills and a lifelong love of learning that will prepare him or her for kindergarten and beyond!

Through June 2017, our Pre-K students attend 4 days per week with a 5th day option through Kibbutzim on Mondays. Kibbutzim is our literature focused enrichment program designed to build confidence in and nurture a love for reading by exploring and discussing a range of age-appropriate books.

To find out more about our programs and to register, click here.

Starting in Fall 2017, our 4-year-old/Pre-K program will be five days a week, with options to fit your family’s needs – mornings, extended day and full day.

Find out if your family and Jennifer Rosen Meade Preschool are a great match, reach out to us at (425) 559-2571 or ssolomon@tdhs-nw.org.

Your child can start on a pathway of self-discovery now. Enroll at JRM and begin building their love for learning, and the confidence to tackle any challenge.

We offer specially created programs for birth to two-years old designed to build in complexity as your child’s mind and curiosity blossom. These programs create an environment where adults work with both child and facilitator to enhance overall development.

As a Reform Jewish community, we provide ample opportunities for parents, grandparents, and loved ones to learn and explore with your child, from Shabbat to Jewish holidays to other fun activities designed to strengthen our children’s ties to our heritage.

Take a moment and explore our Kisses & Knishes Programs.

As a family-centered Jewish preschool, we understand that you and your child have specific needs, and we meet those needs with one of the most flexible schedules of any preschool in the Bellevue area. Our programs start with caregiver and child classes for infants and toddlers and move to a supported learning experience once your child reaches two years old. Starting in September 2017, we will offer families even more flexibility, with morning, extended and full time options.  Full-day care will be available from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, with options for five days or three days a week.

We will also continue to offer a half-day program that runs from 9 AM – 12:30 PM on the following schedule:

  • Two years old: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Three years old: Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • Four years old: Monday through Friday
  • AM extended: 8:00 to 9:00 on your child’s PT days
  • PM extended: 12:30-3:00 on your child’s PT days

JRM Preschool values your child’s safety and provides security features at our Bellevue campus that include staff training, security cameras, a gated parking lot entry and a security guard. Our procedures provide an additional level of safety and security, as we carefully control release of children as well as who has access to the facility.

Our staff’s unwavering dedication is reflected in our extraordinarily low turnover rates.

Teachers are STARS certified, bring years of experience to the classroom and commit to continued, advanced training throughout the year. Health, safety, and emergency preparedness trainings are provided annually to the staff.

Warm, Welcoming Reform Jewish Community

Meets Outstanding Curriculum to Nurture the Whole Child

At Jennifer Rosen Meade Preschool your child’s imagination and individuality are encouraged, not stifled. We pride ourselves on our preschool being a place where your child feels comfortable building the confidence that supports a lifetime of learning.

We recognize that every child grows and learns at his or her own pace, so we provide customized curriculum to meet individual needs, using Teaching Strategies Gold & Creative as a basis for curriculum, daily schedule, lesson plans and individual child development. We don’t believe that education should be one-size-fits all, so our skilled teachers draw from different educational theories and curricula, bringing the best of each to the classroom. Our staff create an environment that nurtures your whole child; body, mind, and soul. While we update you regularly, we think of your child’s educational experience as a collaboration and encourage you to ask questions and voice concerns at any time.

Our synagogue-based program encourages families to connect with Temple on an on-going basis. In this way, our program is distinct from others in that it offers a unique bond with a synagogue, the historic center of Jewish life. Opportunities to visit the sanctuary, interact with rabbis, and experience Jewish Holidays enrich our program.

As a Reform Jewish preschool, our rabbis are an integral part of our teaching team celebrating Shabbat with us weekly, as are our music, movement and Judaic specialists. Our rabbis and specialists infuse Jewish traditions, melodies and warmth into our school life.

Mitzvot/derech eretz (basic values and respect for each other) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) are values incorporated into our curriculum. Children are exposed to basic Hebrew language as well as Jewish rituals and blessings. Families – including, of course, parents, siblings, grandparents and extended family – are invited to join us weekly for Tot Shabbat on Friday mornings starting at 11:15.

While JRM is a Reform Jewish preschool, we welcome those with all levels of observance as well as families from other faith traditions.

For parents with no or little knowledge of Judaism, we share information to keep you up-to-date on what your child is learning.

We bring the outdoors in and the indoors out every day. We believe that outdoor play is essential for building the physical, motor and social skills your child needs to thrive. We offer a specially designed, fully fenced play area, surrounded by lush, protected woodlands, and plenty of grassy areas to run: exactly what your child needs to spark their imagination!

We experience the outdoors in all types of weather and we ask that children have appropriate clothing. If we are unable to go outdoors for any reason, we have a spacious indoor facility that allows children to explore and use both fine and gross motor skills.

You’ve been there for every scrape, bump, boo-boo and temper tantrum. Now it’s time to let your baby go, just a little, so they can begin building the confidence they need to explore the world around them. That is why we put extensive care into designing our classrooms, choosing teachers who feel like a natural extension of your family, and providing the Reform Jewish education that aligns with your values.

Beyond that, we believe ensuring you get what you want from your child’s preschool experience begins by listening to the person with the deepest understanding of what they need: you! We encourage you to reach out, at any time, with comments, questions, concerns and even funny stories about your child, because the only way your child can grow up the way you want is for us to work together.

Daily two-way communication is invaluable as we embark on this adventure together. Twice a year family conferences are held to discuss your child’s development and goals. We also share newsletters and photos on a consistent basis.

Alumni, parents and our Jewish community generously donate to ensure the ability to pay is not a barrier to giving your child the best education imaginable.

If financial assistance would allow you to join us at Jennifer Meade Rosen Jewish Preschool, we would love to help. Click here to learn about scholarship opportunities available to your family.

If you’re seeking that special environment, where your growing baby can laugh, discover, and develop a lifetime love of learning, we welcome your family to come explore Jennifer Rosen Meade Preschool.

You can sit in on classes, speak with your child’s teacher, and discover how we can work together to make JRM the ideal “home away from home” for your little explorer. Simply reach out to JRM Early Childhood Education Director, Shannon Solomon, to schedule a time to visit at (425) 559-2571 or ssolomon@tdhs-nw.org.