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PaRDeS Cooperative Preschool


Welcome to Pardes Cooperative Preschool!


Pardes Preschool is a play-based early childhood education program dedicated to nurturing each child’s individual development within the framework of Jewish values and traditions.

We maintain excellent child/staff ratios that exceed the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) accreditation requirements of 1:6. We use emergent curriculum inspired by Reggio Emilia and Creative Curriculum, guided by the interests, development, and potential of each enrolled child. Our small class size (a maximum of 10-11 students, mixed age) enables a very individualized learning experience.

Each learning day includes indoor and outdoor play as well as teacher-facilitated large and small group learning sessions to develop each aspect of the enrolled children. The entire learning day is focused toward the development of the whole child including social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Classroom routines encourage autonomy while planned and unplanned activities encourage cognitive and language skills.

We use a basis of Jewish values and traditions to encourage a sense a community and the ethical development of each child. Hebrew language instruction is offered weekly, and children celebrate Shabbat on Fridays.

Pardes is a Hebrew word meaning "orchard". It is also an acronym that refers to four levels of learning, ranging from the literal to the esoteric. Our hope is that our preschoolers will blossom as they undertake these processes of growth and discovery in our program.


Peshat – surface or literal meaning

Remez – deep meaning beyond literal

Derash – comparative meaning

Sod – esoteric meaning



We believe that parents are a child's first and best teacher, and encourage their involvement in their child's education. In our cooperative preschool, we employ a professional certified lead teacher for the class who is assisted by a volunteer parent (or grandparent or other vested individual) on a rotating basis. Depending on enrollment and scheduling needs, parents will be the assistant teacher in the class 1-2 times per month. There are also other volunteer roles, such as toy sanitation, scheduling, snacks, activity coordination (such as field trips or special guests), and playground neatening that are assigned to volunteers on a monthly or yearly basis.



Mixed-Age Classes (Age 2.5-4.5 as of 9/1, must be potty-trained or almost there)

Schedule under development, but will include cooperative classes most days between 9am-Noon, with occasional extended day / lunch option available.

Flexible enrollment options, with tuition ranging from $85-$285 per month depending on number of days attended.

Fall 2018 registration begins in February 2018. 



Please contact or 256-812-1548 to register or for more information.

Thu, December 14 2017 26 Kislev 5778