The Community Preschool of the Palisades
is dedicated to providing high quality education for our children. We encourage natural curiosity and creativity in a play-based setting. We believe that preschoolers learn most naturally through play and their interaction with peers and teachers. We value the child as a whole person and seek to promote all aspects of his or her growth.
What We Offer
At the Community Preschool of the Palisades, we strive to foster children's creativity, build their confidence, and instill a love of learning among each child. We offer a variety of age-based classes to meet the varying needs of our preschoolers, as well as morning and afternoon enrichment and Summer Camp. For more than 30 years, the preschool has been a central part of the Palisades and neighboring communities. Our strength lies primarily in our teaching staff who have been with the preschool for many years and bring a unique depth of experience, education and investment to our early childhood programming. Our sun filled classrooms and expansive playground are the backdrop of many happy memories of the thousands of children who have come through the Community Preschool of the Palisades.
Our youngest learners (at least 2 years old on the first day of class) are introduced to a moderately structured routine in a caring, nurturing, play-based environment that offers children a stimulating curriculum and social setting. Two teachers lead the Tadpole class from 9:00 am-12:00 pm with 3 day (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) or 5 day options (Monday through Friday). The classroom serves a maximum of 12 children. (The class is currently capped at 8 children due to Covid restrictions)
2 ½ -3 ½ year olds meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm to continue their transition to a Pre-K classroom. Polliwogs are introduced to a structured routine including morning meeting, story time, singing, lots of outdoor play, and more. Two teachers lead in the Polliwog classroom, serving a maximum of 16 children. (Class is currently capped at 8 children due to Covid restrictions)
The Frog and Dragonfly classrooms serve 3-5 year olds and meet daily from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and until 12:00 pm on Fridays to provide teachers time for collaborative planning. Children in the Frog and Dragonfly classrooms participate in a balance of child directed experiential play and structured learning activities. With the support of two nurturing teachers, children develop the social-emotional and cognitive skills necessary to be successful in school and beyond. Both classrooms draw on children’s natural curiosity and joy in gaining competence. Class size is limited to 16. (Classes are currently capped at 8 children due to Covid restrictions)
The preschool is a wonderful place for kids to be! To play, to have fun and to learn along the way…. We have been with the preschool for a few years now. Our daughter loves to create art and was always encouraged to express her creativity. This was apparent in her overflowing art bag coming home on Fridays.
Our son has a more sensory nature. He loves to dig in the dirt and explore how things work. Every day at pick up he tells me what he did build in the sandbox and in the classroom. TP - Washington, DC