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, our mission is to encourage creativity, confidence and fun for every child. We offer a variety of age-based classes to meet the needs of toddler and child development, as well as morning and afternoon enrichment and a 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 stayed with the preschool for many years and bring to our programs a unique depth of experience, education and investment. Our sunny classrooms and much-loved playground are the backdrop to the happy memories of the thousands of children who have come through the Community Preschool of the Palisades.
3-4 year olds meet daily in a class of 16 maximum. The Frog class is designed with “learning centers” and a daily schedule with many opportunities to explore, discover, create and ultimately - learn! The toys, puzzles, games, and supplies in these centers change throughout the year as interests grow and needs change. A maximum of 16 students learn together each day.
The Minnows are 2 ½ -3 year olds who meet 5 days per week. Minnows share a classroom with the Tadpoles on Tuesdays and Thursdays and with the Polliwogs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, having broader age interaction to stimulate and foster cooperation in the children. Class size is variable each year due to the maximum class size of 12 students when Tadpoles are present.
4-5 year old Dragonflies discover who they are in relation to the world around them through experiential play and structured activities in a place of safety and encouragement. Each child will arrive at social and academic benchmarks by following a unique path in his or her own time. Drawing on children’s natural curiosity and joy in gaining competence, our approach will lead children to master skills, express themselves verbally and artistically, and discover more about the world around them and their place in it. Class size is limited to 16.
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
A true sense of community, shared purposed, and a safe structure in which children can explore… Having worked in education for over ten years, most of it on a high school boarding campus, I believe that the Preschool embodies many of the same principles that we worked so hard to achieve at the high school level: a sense of community for the children, the parents, and the teachers; a sense of shared purpose; and a safe structure in which children can explore.
LW - Washington, DC
It is not just about the kids. There is a real community being built here… Like many, my wife and I came to the Palisades neighborhood for the Key School, Parks, River, and overall Village feel. We had not yet drilled into details of preschools and a church. No Matter.
Neighbors introduced us to the idea of the Community Preschool of the Palisades and we visited. Hard for me to overstate what a fantastic place it is. Very warm and loving. The school draws in the parents and you quickly become part of a larger Palisades Community.
EP - Washington, DC
The Community Preschool of the Palisades, or “la escuelita” (the little school) like we call it at home, has been more than an early education option for our family…. The amazing teachers at “la escuelita”, who also speak different languages other than English, helped our daughter transition and become the bilingual kid she is today.
We cannot say enough words to thank the Community Preschool of the Palisades and its team for providing our kids with a safe and loving learning environment.
JM & CT- Washington, DC