Tucson Jewish Montessori Pre-School


Tucson Jewish Montessori combines the best of Montessori for both General and Judaic studies. Our guiding philosophy is "Teach the Child According to his Path" which promotes an unshakable belief in the "total child" and enables the child to discover his/her fullest potential. Tucson Jewish Montessori foster's each child's natural love of learning. We are dedicated to help our children develop the positive habits, attitudes and skills to pave the way for a lifetime of growth.

Darkaynu, Tucson’s Premiere Jewish Montessori Preschool, has hired Jennifer McDowell as Lead Teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. Jennifer is a recent graduate of the Khalsa Montessori Teacher Training Program, and is certified by the American Montessori Society (AMS). Originally from Iowa, Jennifer and her family have made Tucson home over the last six years. An avid reader, hiker, and Montessori advocate, Jennifer will bring creativity and enthusiasm to the students of Darkaynu.

The school is founded by Rabbi Israel and Esther Becker. The classes are aimed at one to six-year-olds, and will run from 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday with additional child care available before and after classes. Scholarships are available.

For additional information and registration, contact Esther Becker at (520)591-7680.
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The Olga and Bob Strauss Center for Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten

The Strauss ECE and Kindergarten is a high quality early childhood center and promotes the development of young children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age in a nurturing and stimulating play-based program that encourages creativity, decision-making and problem-solving skills and a joy of learning. We offer many enrichment programs, including Judaics, sign language, Spanish, PE, dance, music, yoga, and storytellers.  Our hours are from 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Thursday, and to5:30 pm on Friday. We have a variety of flexible schedules. Call 325-0390 to schedule a tour today.

Director:  Lyn Henry
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Assistant Director:
Mindy Henry
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Temple Emanu-El
(520) 325-0390

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Esther B. Feldman Preschool / Kindergarten

Proudly teaching children from generation to generation

Begun in 1956, Congregation Anshei Israel's Preschool/Kindergarten and its teachers are the recipients of numerous education awards. The school has twice received the "Solomon Schechter Award for Excellence" from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and two teachers have been selected as "Educator of the Year" from the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

For more information about CAI's award-winning Preschool/Kindergarten, space availability, or to schedule a personalized visit, please contact

Nancy Auslander
Preschool/Kindergarten Director
Congregation Anshei Israel
5550 E. Fifth Street
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 745-5550


Early Childhood Education at the Jewish Community Center

The ECE is more than just a daycare. We provide an enriching, multi-faceted early childhood education program for children from six weeks of age through pre-kindergarten. Our nurturing Infant/Toddler program and enriching Preschool program are rooted in Jewish values. There are regular opportunities for parents and families to meet one another. Come be a part of The J family!

Contact: Joline Riddle
(520) 615-5437
Jewish Community Center
3800 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718