Engage, Educate & Elevate: Tips for Engaging Kids During the Pandemic

Engage, Educate & Elevate: Child Development Tips During the Pandemic

Are you parenting a preschooler while working from home…during a global pandemic?

The juggle is real. We are here to help!

Watch the engaging seminar about creating a positive learning environment during the pandemic presented by The Jewish Federation and early childhood education experts, Ora Cohen Rosenfeld and Miryam Buchler.

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Recommended Reading for Preschool Parents

List compiled by Ora Cohen Rosenfeld and Miryam Buchler for Federation’s Engage, Educate & Elevate program on creating a positive learning environment for preschool children during the pandemic and beyond.

No Bad Kids by Janet Lansbury: a collection of Janet’s most popular and widely read articles pertaining to common toddler behaviors and how respectful parenting practices can be applied to benefit both parents and children.

Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky: Galinsky brings the work of more than a hundred scientists into a form that parents everywhere can use, showing parents not only what children are capable of, but specifically how to develop those capabilities in their children from birth up until age eight.

Elevating Child Care by Janet Lansbury: Eschewing the quick-fix ‘tips and tricks’ of popular parenting culture, Janet’s insightful philosophy lays the foundation for a closer, more fulfilling parent/child relationship, and children who grow up to be authentic, confident, successful adults.

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel, Ph. D.: The beloved bestseller that offers a practical, inspiring new roadmap for raising self-reliant, ethical, and compassionate children.

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish: This bestselling classic by internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children includes fresh insights and suggestions, as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships.

The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler: New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler has drawn up a blueprint for modern families — a new approach to family dynamics, inspired by cutting-edge techniques gathered from experts in the disciplines of science, business, sports, and the military.

NY Times: Yes, Your Kids can Play Outside in Winter

Schemas in Children’s Play

GREATER WASHINGTON PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

Search below for a preschool program near you. Please note that this list is still in formation and subject to change.

WASHINGTON DC

Edlavitch DCJCC Preschool
NW Washington, DC

Address:
1529 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: Rolling drop off and pick up times
Drop off: 8:00 AM, 8:20 AM, 8:40 AM, 9:00 AM
Pick up:  4:00 PM, 4:20 PM, 4:40 PM, 5:00 PM

Director: Lauren Eskovitz

Address:
3935 Macomb Street NW
Washington, DC 20016

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: Currently not open due to COVID-19; projected hours of operations for the 2021-2022 school year: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Director: Miryam Buchler

Address:
2850 Quebec St NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: Full day and part day

Director: Noah Hichenberg

Gan Shalom
NE Washington, DC

Address:
212 East Capitol St NE
Washington, DC 20003

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: Monday — Friday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Director: Laura Vitiello

Address:
4715 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20011

Ages: Pre-K

Hours: Monday — Thursday 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Enrichment programs available on Tuesday until 4:30 PM. Aftercare program run by Wonders Monday-Friday (closes at 6:30 PM)

Director: Melissa Davis

Temple Sinai Nursery School
NW Washington, DC

Address:
3100 Military Rd NW
Washington, DC 20015

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: Currently operating with a modular online program (30 minute sessions) for children ages two through five; no in-person programming is being offered. On-site programming is scheduled to resume in the fall with core morning program for Twos and Threes and an extended day for Pre-K.

Director: Ali Hurewitz

MARYLAND

Alef Bet Montessori School
North Bethesda, MD

Address:
6125 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Ages: Infant, Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Director: Ellie Lichtash

Address:
6301 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852

Ages: Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Director: Rachel Siegel

Address:
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852

Ages: Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: Monday — Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Director: Sarah Meytin

Address:
13300 Arctic Avenue
Rockville, MD 20853

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM. After Care until 5:30 PM (non-COVID)

Director: Rebecca Gautieri

Beth El Preschool
Bethesda, MD

Address:
8215 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

Ages: Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: Currently offering 5 morning virtual preschool, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Director: Kim Lausinr

Address:
11825 Seven Locks Rd
Potomac, MD 20854

Ages: Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Director: Michelle Singer

Address:
1901 East Jefferson St
Rockville, MD 20852

Ages: Pre-K

Hours: 8:15 AM – 3:30 PM with aftercare until 6:00 PM

Director: Pamela Shrock

Address:
18401 Burtfield Dr
Olney, MD 20832

Ages: Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Director: Eve Margol

Address:
10621 South Glen Road
Potomac, MD 20854

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Director: Jane Greenblatt

Address:
8300 Meadowbrook Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Director: Joanie Smeltz

Address:
11810 Falls Road
Potomac, MD 20854

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Director: Miryam Buchler

Address:
1409 Main Street
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Ages: Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM or 9:15 AM – 1:00 PM

Director: Allison Colker

Address:
11510 Falls Rd
Potomac, MD 20854

Ages: Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Director: Beth Hoch

Shomrai Preschool
Silver Spring, MD

Address:
11510 Falls Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Director: Sarah Dollman

Silver Spring Learning Center
Silver Spring, MD

Address:
1401 Arcola Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20902

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Director: sslcnews1401@gmail.com

Simcha Educational Center
Gaithersburg, MD

Address:
15021 Dufief Mill Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Likely extend that for the summer and next year.

Director: Chana Raichik

Temple Beth Ami
Rockville, MD

Address:
14330 Travilah Road
Rockville, MD 20850

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, with options for extended days

Director: Paula Sayag

Address:
10101 Connecticut Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Year-round

Director: Melissa Williamson

Address:
8401 Grubb Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20902

Ages: Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Director: Lisa Heiser-Polin

The Gan Montessori
Silver Spring, MD

Address:
519 Lamberton Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20902

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 7:45 AM – 5:00 PM

Director: Chaya Wolvovsky

Address:
2200 Baltimore Road
Rockville, MD 20851

Ages: Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Director: Sheri Brown

NORTHERN VIRGINIA

Adat Reyim Preschool
Springfield, VA

Address:
6500 Westbury Oaks Court
Springfield, VA 22152

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 9:20 AM – 1:40 PM

Director: Therese Fournier

Agudas Achim Preschool
Alexandria, VA

Address:
2908 Valley Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Director: Jen Halpern

Address:
12523 Lawyers Rd
Herndon, VA 20171

Ages: Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 9:15 AM – 1:15 PM. Before care and After care were canceled due to COVID-19

Director: Ora Cohen Rosenfeld

Address:
2920 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22204

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Director: Alexis Joyce

Address:
2920 Arlington Blvd
Fairfax, VA 22031

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Director: Raizel Deitsch

Address:
4800 Mattie Moore Ct
Fairfax, VA 22030

Ages: Pre-K

Hours: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM (with before and aftercare) 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (regular Preschool program)

Director: Aviva Walls

J-Care of Alexandria
Alexandria, VA

Address:
3830 Seminary Rd
Alexandria, VA 22304

Ages: Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Director: Dina Backer

Address:
New Address Coming Soon
Arlington, VA

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 9:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Director: Ilisa St. Pierre

Address:
3800 Glenbrook Rd
Fairfax, VA 22031

Ages: Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Director: Cindi Drake

Pozez JCC
Fairfax, VA

Address:
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031

Ages: Infant, Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Director: Amy Vermillion

RUJEC
Leesburg, VA

Address:
19357 Evergreen Mills Road
Leesburg, VA 20175

Ages: Toddler, 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: Currently closed
Director: Allison Musa

Address:
2100 Westmoreland St.
Falls Church, VA 22043

Ages: 2s, 3s, Pre-K

Hours: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM with early drop-off available

Director: Rene Shiohama

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