Olam Tikvah Preschool is a private, cooperative Jewish preschool for children aged 20 months to Pre-K. Established in 1973, we provide a wide variety of learning experiences that include structured learning, circle time, music, sensory experiences, stories, and snack time. The curriculum at OT is presented to the children through ongoing topics such as Jewish holidays, positive self-concepts, family relationships, seasons, nutrition, colors, and numbers.

OT Preschool offers discounts for synagogue members. To learn more about Olam Tikvah Preschool, or to schedule a tour or obtain an application, please contact Melissa Schwartz, at (703) 425-1886. We look forward to welcoming you and your child into the OTPS family! 

Program Highlights

  • Warm, nurturing Jewish environment for children ages 20 months to Pre-K
  • Weekly fitness and music classes
  • Child tended vegetable and flower garden
  • Creative cooking in our newly renovated kitchen
  • Excellent teachers with many years of experience
  • Playground
  • Teva Time *(see below) when we go explore the wooded area and the creek near the school
  • Offering Fun 'N Nosh lunch and enrichment classes and aftercare until 3:00pm
Reading with the Rabbi Teva Time Kabbalat Shabbat

Summer Camp

Olam Tikvah Preschool is excited to offer summer camp for children ages 3-5! Our program offers a morning of arts and crafts, songs, snacks, stories, exercise, playtime, garden fun, and water activities. There are 3 or 5 day options available. Hours: 9:00am-1:00pm. For more information, please contact Jennifer Gorowitz or call the Preschool at (703)425-1886. Click here to see our summer camp brochure. Click here to download the application.

Special Family Programs

Baby & Me Playgroup, Thursdays, 9:30–11:00am. Connect with other Jewish families at this free, informal gathering, where we play, share a snack, and attend a music class. Parents, grandparents, and/or caregivers bring children ages 0-3. For more information, please contact Melissa Schwartz, or (703)425-1886.

After School Care. Olam Tikvah Preschool is pleased to offer After School Care from 1:00-3:00pm, Monday through Fridays, beginning in September. In order to ensure that we have adequate staff and supplies we would appreciate it if you would sign up sooner rather than later! Any questions? Contact Melissa Schwartz.

OTPS Job Opportunities

Click here to learn more about job opportunities in the OT Preschool, including the Preschool Director Search.


*Teva Time provides important time in nature for our students. Studies show the benefits of nature play:
Stronger children
Less classroom conflicts
Better attention spans                
Sick less often
Enriches language development       
Better imagination                      
Builds confidence
More physically active                 
More cooperation
Develops problem solving skills                   
Less near-sightedness (myopia) 
Improves pretend play                                
Better communication skills
Smarter and happier                   
Less stressed
Better balance and general coordination