Thank you for your interest in the Edlavitch DCJCC Preschool! 

Our dynamic early childhood program is filled with developmentally appropriate activities led by our energetic staff. We focus on a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum and believe children learn best when they are active participants in the formation of their own ideas and understanding of the world.

Admissions Process

We run on a school year system, from September through August, so children are admitted for the September following their second birthday (or just prior, in the case of September and October birthdays).  In order to be considered for admission, children must be on our Waitlist (see below). There is no other admissions process; your waitlist form serves as your application.  When we begin the admissions process in late January/early February, we send out offers to new families based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to, whether an older sibling has been a student, date of waitlist sign-up, past participation in EDCJCC programs, and other considerations necessary to create balanced classrooms.

So once you are on the Waitlist, there is no need for any further action until admission offers go out. 

We do occasionally have mid-year openings, as folks move away or have other unexpected situations arise.  Please email Miriam to let us know if you are interested in a mid-year spot once your child has turned two.

Waitlist Application

Please note that all of our admissions are done from our waitlist; there is no separate admission list.

Please fill out our online waitlist application on the CampMinder site:

There is a $50 waitlist application fee.

**Important Note about the Waitlist Application: When filling out the application, please select the current calendar year (2018) to find the Preschool Waitlist Application.  Admission for all future years (2019, 2020, 2021, etc.) are done from the 2018 Season Waitlist; there will be no need to re-enroll once you are on the 2018 list.

Preschool Group Tours

We'd be delighted to have you join a tour of our school! Please contact Miriam Szubin, Director of Preschool Admissions and Director of the Parenting Center, at or (202) 777-3263, to reserve a spot on a tour or for more information. The best way to contact Miriam is via email; she is usually in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Upcoming Group Tours:

Monday, June 11
Wednesday, June 27
Tuesday, July 10
Thursday, July 26

All group tours begin at 9:15 a.m. and run about an hour.

Please contact Miriam Szubin if you are interested in joining one of our group tours.

Important update about the 2018-19 school year

The Edlavitch DCJCC is planning a major renovation of our building, beginning in the fall of 2018, with completion by September of 2019.  The renovation will enhance the Center as a whole and will bring some very exciting changes and improvements to the Preschool. The renovation will include brand new classrooms, a new separate Preschool elevator and stairwell for easier pick-up and drop-off, and enhanced security for our early childhood programs.   The EDCJCC will be refreshed throughout the building, and all of the mechanicals are being replaced to insure an easy-to-maintain and more environmentally friendly building.  The EDCJCC will be an even warmer and more welcoming new home for our entire community when we return in the fall of 2019.
As we will be renovating our current building during the entire 2018-2019 school year, our students in the 3s, 4s, and Pre-K classes will be just across the street from the EDCJCC, at the Foundry United Methodist Church.   The Foundry is located at 1500 16th St, right next to Stead Park on the corner of 16th and P Street.  We will have access to classroom spaces in the building, as well as a beautiful play space, and a gross motor space.  Our new 2 year old classes (both older 2s and younger 2s) will be in a large 2-room mobile classroom (trailer designed for this purpose) on the EDCJCC’s parking lot.

We will still be offering Group Tours throughout the 2017-18 school year (see dates above). These tours will not include the temporary locations, although some images of them will be available for viewing.  During your tour, we will see our school as it currently is and also discuss some of the plans for renovations.  Please keep in mind that even though our physical space might look different when your children are old enough to attend, what you will see on your tour in terms of our pedagogy, community, general schedule, and approach will remain the same during and after the renovations.

Please reach out to Miriam with any questions!  She can be reached at or (202) 777-3263.  The best way to contact her is via email; she is usually in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

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Miriam Szubin
Director of Preschool Admissions
(202) 777-3263

Jennifer John
Preschool Director
(202) 777-3256

Maggie Heidema
Preschool Assistant Director

(202) 777-3271