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Welcome to Gan HaYeled Preschool


It is summertime at the Gan! As always, even in these times, our school strives to be a central space of connection, meaning, and relevancy in our families' daily lives.

We are continuing our virtual framework for how our school community stays connected in our new reality. The framework revolves around three core elements which school offers children but are inherently hard to sustain in an environment defined by physical distancing. These three elements are ROUTINE, CONTENT, and CONNECTION. Additionally, class Zoom sessions and activities will incorporate items from the Magical Summer Backpacks that were distributed. Students and families are also invited to join us for virtual in-house field trips over the summer months.  

School Director Noah Hichenberg is currently on paternity leave. Please contact with any questions, feedback, or ideas. A member of the Gan Administrative Team will get back to you.

July 3rd: July 4th Observance, no class Zoom sessions; Shabbat Sing at 11:30am
July 7th: Virtual petting zoo with Squeals on Wheels at 9:30am
July 29th: Virtual petting zoo with Squeals on Wheels at 9:30am
August 5th: Drew Blue Shoes virtual magic show at 9:30am


Our Shanah (year-round) classes will continue to have daily Zoom sessions together. Additionally, each class will have time with Val Tompkins, our movement specialist; Sally Heckleman, our music specialist, and Robin Jacobson, Adas Israel's Librarian. (Need help with Zoom, or never used it before? You can find how-to videos from Megan Soe on our content for parents page!) 

Dubim M/W/F 8:30am; Tu/Th 11:30am

Peelim 9:00am

Dagim 10:30am

Parot Click here for July calendar

D’vorim  10:00am & 4:30pm

Shualim 11:00am

Aryot Click here for summer calendar

Tzabim 11:00am


If you have questions about your class's schedule or Zoom links, please contact your child's teachers.

11:30am on Fridays: Shabbat Sing!

Weekly Shabbat: Fridays at 5pm and Saturdays at 11:30am, Family Shabbat Service.

View full schedule and live feed at


Teacher-generated videos of read-alongs and other activities: Access here.  Our content is constantly updated; please check back frequently!

Online activities and resources: Access here. This collection is open-sourced, allowing all of our Gan community - including teachers and parents - to contribute new ideas and links. 

Content for parents: Access resources, office hours, and other content from school leaders (Noah, Stephanie, Darci, & Megan) here. We also have compiled online information, resources, and helpful articles for parents and caregivers, found here

Erin Weisman and Carolyn Rogers hosted a webinar titled "Parents and Children: Together at Home." Click here to view the slides from that webinar.

In addition to our online asynchronous content and daily class Zoom sessions, we will be having virtual in house field trips! Dates and times are posted above.  (Please contact Jocelyn Dorfman if you have questions about these virtual field trips.)

In addition to daily classroom Zooms, which allows your child to see their classmates, hear directly from their teachers, and engage virtually in class activities, teachers are still facilitating play dates and small group activities. We know that children benefit from a range of social settings, even virtually.

Stephanie Slater, Director of Early Childhood Development & Family Support, is available for online office hours. To sign up for a time with Stephanie, please click here

Stephanie has prepared several social stories for children about what school looks like now, why we are learning virtually, and what it will be like to return to school in the fall. In the story Summertime Gan with Rosie, we introduced a character named Rosie. Rosie will continue to appear in subsequent stories, as well as in classroom Zooms and our virtual field trips. The intention here is to offer a character for the children to connect with and who will be a consistent presence throughout the summer as well as when we transition back to the building in the fall.

                      My Days Feel Different Now
                      Summertime Gan with Rosie (for students who will not be returning to the Gan in the fall)
                      Summertime Gan with Rosie (for students who will be attending the Gan in the fall)
                      Rosie Goes Out and About
                       Rosie Gets a Mask


Mazal Tov to Noah Hichenberg & family on the birth of two beautiful baby girls!

We are thrilled to be able to share the news that in early June, Noah and his family welcomed two new family members into the world.

Maayan Tikvah Hichenberg and Eliana Liba Hichenberg arrived Wednesday, June 3 just before 8pm! Below is a beautiful explanation from Noah and Shira regarding the origin of their names. We join together to wish Noah, Shira, Jonah, and Solomon a heartfelt Mazal Tov.

Maayan translates to "fountain" and Tikvah translates to "hope."  We find maayan in Genesis, in the flood story as the "fountain" of the deep which opened up and poured rain down on Earth. In this time of great pain and loss for our nation, we hold fast to a vision of a great fountain raining down and blanketing the world in an all-consuming flood of hope.

Eliana translates to "God has answered me" and Liba comes from Lev which translates to "heart." Liba is chosen because her elevated heart rate led to her and her sister's early (healthy) birth. When naming our boys, we found an abundance of male Biblical characters. With women, their names and their voices vastly overlooked in the Tanakh, we are now inspired by contemporary projects like Overlooked which recognize and "name" those women and minorities who the writers of history have overlooked. In Eliana we choose to see the Woman of Thebez, a nameless heroine from the Book of Judges who defeated evil.

At this tumultuous moment in our world, it is such a blessing for us to be able to share this wonderful news with our Gan family.

See below for our pre-diaspora content:



Quick links:

Apply to Gan HaYeled for the 2020-2021 school year

Apply to Gan HaYeled for our Summer Camp 

Access Gan HaYeled's 2020-2021 school year open/close calendar

Contact us with any questions

Fast Facts about the Gan:

  • Founded in 1972
  • 15 classrooms
  • 175 students
  • 50 teachers
  • "Full day" offering of 8am-6pm
  • "School day" offering of 9am-12pm or -3pm
  • Year-round, school-year, and summer-extension available
  • Outdoor playground onsite
  • Onsite parking lot
  • Metro-accessible via Cleveland Park Station
  • 2019/2020 Academic Calendar 


Our school:

The Gan HaYeled Preschool at Adas Israel Congregation is a warm and welcoming, NAEYC Accredited Preschool in the heart of Washington, DC. Known for its strong community of students, parents, and faculty, the Gan is the perfect place for children to learn, grow, and have fun! We offer both full-day and part-time programs. 

Our Philosophy

At the Gan, we use a play-based developmental approach. We recognize that all children learn in different ways, at different paces. Along with the fundamental skills taught in our curriculum, we believe enrichment activities and parent involvement are critical ways to extend learning opportunities. Our children are part of a vibrant community of learners.



Current Parents: 


Registration Forms

· Early Bird (drop your child off 8:00-9:00am) (this program will not return for 2020-2021)

· School Lunch (kosher lunch delivered to your child’s classroom daily)

· Lunch Bunch (extend your child’s day from 12:00-3:00pm)

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