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Welcome to Gan HaYeled Preschool

We miss you! On March 12, the Gan shifted into a "diaspora school". 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 offering a novel 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 social distancing. These three elements are ROUTINECONTENT, and CONNECTION.

Please reach out directly to Noah Hichenberg, School Director, with any questions, feedback, or ideas.


Each weekday we have two fixed times at which the whole Gan community can Zoom in together. (Need help with Zoom, or never used it before? You can find how-to videos from Megan Soe on our content for parents page!) 

9:30am: Join for a morning storytime and other fun activities with a classroom teacher. 

Week of May 18th
Monday: Rachel Vana (D'vorim)
Tuesday: Erin Weisman (Tzabim)
Wednesday: Isabel Barr (Parot)
Thursday: Laura Vitiello (Aryot)
Friday: Lilly Keller (D'vorim/Support Staff)

12:00pm on Fridays: Shabbat Sing!

4:00pm: Join for an afternoon "grab bag" of enrichment activities. To watch previous sessions, visit our YouTube channel

Mondays: Library with Robin
Tuesdays: Movement with Val
Wednesdays: Library with Robin
Thursdays: Songs with Sally 
Friday: Shabbat story with Noah

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

View full schedule and live feed at

Please help our host by adding a name card for your child. We suggest taking a piece of paper, folding it in half twice so it can stand up, and writing your child’s name on front. For older students, have them do the writing!


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.

Families are receiving calls from your child's classroom teacher as well as from school administration. We hope your teacher’s voice brings a smile to your child’s face! Your teachers can help answer any questions about what your child was working on before school closed, tips for keeping them engaged at home, and suggestions for daily schedules. As administrators, please let us know how you are doing and what, if anything, we can do to support you remotely. 

Classroom teachers are hosting a daily Zoom session for their class community.  This is a daily chance for your child to see their classmates, hear directly from their teacher, and engage virtually in a class activity.  

Teachers are facilitating one-on-one peer playdates for all students over Zoom. We know children benefit from a range of "social settings", even virtually.  We are hoping that playdates will last 20 minutes, likely more for older students and potentially fewer for younger students. We are committed to making sure all Gan students have a peer playdate each week.

If you have any questions about how to use Zoom or access your classroom Zoom link please email Megan Soe. Daily classroom-specific Zoom times are as follows:

Dubim 8:45am

Squares 9:00am

Peelim 9:00am

Circles 10:00am

Parparim 10:00am (M/W/F)

Parot 10:00am

Tziporim 10:00am

D’vorim  10:00am + 4:30pm

Dagim 10:30am

Kofim 10:30am (M/W/F)

Aryot 10:45am

Tzabim 11:00am

Shualim 11:00am

Rimonim 11:00am

Zayteem 11:00am

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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