Preschool Program - Camp Shalom

Beginning with toddlers (18 months by June 20th, 2023) and going up through children entering kindergarten (5 years old by September 1st, 2023), Katan welcomes our youngest campers to a fun and nurturing summer experience! Children enjoy developmentally appropriate, engaging activities including art, tactile exploration, music, outdoor water play, and more, all led by our team of highly qualified and experienced preschool teachers! Special onsite events include bounce houses, dance parties, animal programs, guest entertainers, and all-Katan Shabbat. Campers ages 3-5 participate in weekly recreational swim, staffed by our certified lifeguards.


Campers are divided into classes by age group, and adhere to the following ratios:

  • 18 months by 6/20/23: 1:4 teacher to child ratio
  • 2 yrs old by 6/20/23: 1:6 teacher to child ratio
  • 3 yrs old by 9/1/23: 1:8 teacher to child ratio
  • 4 yrs old by 9/1/23: 1:9 teacher to child ratio
  • 5 yrs old by 9/1/23: 1:9 teacher to child ratio (see ‘Rising Kindergarteners’ tab below for special options for 5 year olds)



Session 1: June 20th- July 21st, 2023

Session 2: July 24th- August 23rd, 2023

By offering longer, five-week sessions, we are able to provide our youngest campers a sense of stability, consistency and ownership of their environment, as well as facilitate deeper bonding and relationship building with their peers and teachers. Feel free to contact us with enrollment questions.


Operating Hours

Katan starts at 8:30 am and ends at 12:00 pm for half-day camps, at 4:00 pm for full-day camps, or at 5:30 pm for extended day camps. Early morning care is available beginning at 7:30am.

Drop Off: 8:30 am
Pick Up: 12:00 pm (half day) | 4:00 pm (full-day) | 5:30 pm (extended day)

Katan Office: The preschool camp office is open 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.


Rates (per session)

Half-Day (8:30 am – 12:00 pm)

JCC Member: $1,790 per session

Non-Member: $1,970 per session


Full-Day (8:30 am – 4:00 pm):

JCC Member: $2,630 per session

Non-Member: $2,890 per session


Extended Day (8:30 am – 5:30 pm):

JCC Member: $2,995 per session

Non-Member: $3,255 per session


Early Morning Care (7:30 am – 8:30 am):

$345 per session


Register by February 28th to receive a $10 per week Early Bird Discount!

There is a $250 per-session, non-refundable deposit due upon enrollment. Remaining balance for Session 1 is due June 15th, 2023. Remaining balance for Session 2 is due July 15th, 2023.

Katan is licensed by the state of California and operates as part of the APJCC Preschool. The staffing is separate from the 1st-10th grade camp staffing.

Many of our APJCC Preschool teachers serve as Katan counselors. Our special staff is carefully selected for their superior educational background, professional experience, and warmth and sensitivity to young children.

License #430709398.

Katan forms must be filled out and returned to the camp office after your child has been accepted into Katan.

Forms for New and Returning Campers (PDF format) 

Please note: If you’re signing up a child who has never been enrolled in the APJCC Preschool or Camp Shalom, then please fill out the forms for “First-Time Campers.”  If your child has been enrolled in the APJCC Preschool and/or Camp Shalom in the past, please fill out the forms for “Returning and Current Campers.” Even if they’ve never been to camp before, if they’ve been enrolled in the APJCC Preschool, you can fill out the “Returning and Current Camper” forms.


Children who are entering Kindergarten in the 2023-24 school year may either enroll in the Katan Preschool Program, or Camp Shalom’s school-aged program.

Katan: Join the 5-year-old age group at the APJCC Preschool’s summer program, Katan, which is being offered in two sessions of 5 weeks each: June 20th- July 21st, and July 24th- August 23rd (proration of the second session is available for children who return to school prior to Aug. 23). This program is run by our fully qualified preschool educators, and is the right fit for children who thrive with consistency and the opportunity to be in a stable group of peers and a more structured program.  For this option, you can register for half-day (8:30am-12:00pm), full-day (8:30am-4:00pm) or extended day (8:30am-5:30pm).

Camp Shalom: Our summer camp for school-aged children is a more fast-paced program, offering enrollment by the week from June 12th- August 18th for those entering Kindergarten. This option is led by summer camp counselors, and is a great fit for children who are more mature and can keep up with a busy activity-filled day and new peers each week. Camp Shalom runs 9:00am-4:00pm daily, with the option to add Extended Care from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

*Please contact the preschool at (408) 357-7417 or camp office at (408) 357-7416 for further information on which option is the best fit for your child.

To apply for Financial Assistance for our Summer Day Camps  please follow the steps listed:

  1. Please complete a Financial Assistance Camp Registration Form and email the completed application to  Please be sure to indicate you are applying for Camp Shalom – Summer Camp.
  2. Complete the Online Campership Application
  3.  Paper Camp Application and Online Campership Application are due by April 1st, 2023.  Application will reviewed and you will receive an email prior to the pay in full day (Friday, May 19, 2023) with information regarding Scholarships.
  4. Please note that you will need to clearly mark on your application if you are also applying for a School Year Scholarship for Preschool.

We encourage you to complete these items as soon as possible.  Once your application is received your camper will be registered into the chosen camps to hold your space pending financial assistance.  Should you chose to withdraw your camper after scholarship allocation please email

Katan is part of the APJCC’s fully licensed Preschool program. License #430709398

For more information about Camp Katan, contact the preschool camp office at or 408.357.7417.