Nursery School

General Information Classes Extras

Registration is open for the 2014-15 school year!  Call soon to set up a tour for you and your child.

If your child has a fall birthday and you are considering alternatives to transitional kindergarten, please give us a call and ask about our four’s program! You can talk with our long time, experienced staff members and find the fit that’s right for your child. In addition, click on Admissions and see the list of other “NEW” ways that your family can participate at BACNS in 2014-15.

Extended Day Care is currently available Monday through Friday, before school starting at 7:30 a.m. and after school until 5:30 p.m. for students of ALL ages.


Photo Courtesy of Erik Castro

Beth Ami Community Nursery School (BACNS) is committed to high quality early childhood education. We believe each child is unique and approaches learning in a variety of ways. We strive to present a warm and nurturing program that teaches the whole child – socially, physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.

Our curriculum is child-centered, with themes and activities emerging from the interests of the children and occurrences in their lives. This emergent curriculum is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy embraced by educators for its child centered philosophy. We emphasize the importance of children as active participants in their learning, where exploration, discovery and invention are of primary importance. We believe young children need to be active and learn through play. We provide an atmosphere where children are free to take risks, to ask questions, and to experiment with a variety of materials and tools. The environment is designed to empower children to develop problem-solving and cooperation skills.

We provide experiences with art materials, manipulatives, blocks, cooking, music and creative movement, language arts, dramatic play and science, as well as activities which encourage literacy development, both oral and written, and beginning math concepts. Within the context of these curriculum areas, we emphasize the importance of decision-making, problem-solving and learning by doing.

Our goals for each child are that they develop a positive self-image, independence, creative thinking skills, tolerance and respect for differences, and a sense of community through their experiences at school.

We celebrate Jewish culture in a developmentally appropriate way through joyous holiday festivities, stories, music and art, shared values, and by celebrating the end-of-the week Shabbat (Sabbath). We welcome the Sabbath every Friday by singing with The Rabbi, lighting the Sabbath candles, saying the blessing over wine (in our case, grape juice), and baking and sharing challah (braided egg bread).

BACNS is open to everyone. We welcome all preschool aged children and their families into our community, regardless of religious affiliation.

We have four self-contained classroom programs, taught by teams of two to three teachers. Click on the links above to learn more about the class appropriate for your child.

Beth Ami Community Nursery School is a California State Licensed Facility and conforms to California State childcare facility standards and reporting requirements.

Potty training is not required for entry.

Interested in visiting our school? We are happy to set up a time at your convenience, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (707) 360-3030.

“Beth Ami Community Nursery School has been a tremendously positive experience for both of my boys and our family. The teachers are outstanding and are very caring about each child’s well being. The program is is nurturing for preschoolers, the facility is set up for lots of fun outdoor play time, and the environment fosters each child’s growth.”


Mom of Hunter and Noah

Beth Ami Community Nursery School is supported by the Jewish Community Federation (JCF) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.