Portland Jewish Academy is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and is proud of our partnership with them in strengthening our local Jewish community as well as the global community.


Welcome to the Best Preschool in Portland! For children ages two to five years old.

Download 2018-2019 Preschool Enrollment Application
View 2018-2019 Preschool Tuition Information
Click here to apply for financial aid.

Guidelines for Right Start qualification:
1. Enrolled in a participating Jewish Infant Care, Toddler Care or preschool for the first time
2. Enrolled in a class where the child attends independently and meets at least 2 days per week.
The program may be either half-day or full-day.
3. A member of a family where at least one parent identifies as Jewish.

Click here to learn all about the Right Start Grant Program to receive $2,000 towards your child's preschool tuition.

PJA’s newly expanded preschool is a warm, joyful environment that sets the stage for education to come by encouraging curiosity, caring, and love of learning in a setting of Jewish awareness.

Our curriculum has been designed to help children develop a lifelong moral framework, through richly textured learning experiences.

Small classes and PJA’s dedicated staff encourage exploration and experiential learning in a nurturing environment that helps children develop self-confidence and self-respect. Our preschool encourages creative exploration through art, music, and movement. Children also experience a rich variety of learning experiences including science, block constructions, manipulatives, books, cooking and dramatic and sensory play. Specialists in each field help to craft a complete (and fun!) program.

PJA preschool students play well together; they learn to cooperate and share by the time they reach the lower school. They’re proud of their accomplishments, whether it’s learning to tie their shoes or to pour without spilling at a teddy bear tea party.

Skilled and deeply committed teachers

Each classroom has a team of co-teachers with a demonstrated commitment to education and to PJA. Preschool teaching teams use their talent, expertise and creativity to craft rich learning experiences.

Flexible Schedules & Options

Recognizing the differing needs of families we have planned a flexible program. Half-day and Full-day pre-K students must be four by September 1 of the upcoming school year.

  • Morning care: 7:30 am - 8:30 am (a daily option)
  • Classes:
    Two Day 2s, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm - Tuesday and Thursday for two year olds
    Three Day or Five Day 3s, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, or Five
    days a week for three year olds.
    Half-Day pre-K, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm - Five days a week for four and five year olds,
    Full-Day Kindergarten is offered through PJA's lower school.
  • Afternoon care: 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm (a daily option)
  • Extended Day: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (a daily option)

PJA Preschool Tuition, 2018 - 2019

Effective July 1, 2018
Early Morning Drop-Off begins at 7:30 am at No Extra Charge

Preschool and Half Day Pre-K
8:30 am - 12:30 pm



Pre-K: Monday - Friday



3 Days 3's: M, W, F



2 Days 2's: T, TH



Late Lunch Tuition 12:30 - 4:00 pm
(Pre-Registration Required)



5 Days/Week: Monday - Friday



4 Days/Week: Any 4 Days



3 Days/Week: Any 3 Days



2 Days/Week: Any 2 Days



Extended Day Tuition, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
(Pre-Registration Required)



5 Days/Week: Monday - Friday



4 Days/Week: Any 4 Days



3 Days/Week: Any 3 Days



2 Days/Week: Any 2 Days



Drop-In Late Lunch Daily Fee: $30

Extended Day drop-in: $15

Late Lunch and Extended Day: $45

Early Morning Drop-Off begins at 7:45 am at No Extra Charge

Pricing for the 2018-2019 school year includes snack. Tuition includes "Vacation Day Programs" for school holidays when the building is open for those families enrolled in Late Lunch and Extended Day. Schedule is TBD.

Download 2018-2019 Preschool Enrollment Application

Click here to apply for financial aid.

For more information or for a tour of the preschool, please contact:
Erika Saiers – Director of Early Childhood Education
Phone: 503.535.3536