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Full Day Shanah Program

(Ages 2 - 5 Years Old)

Core Hours
8 am - 6 pm  Monday-Friday
(We close at 5 pm on Fridays)
Includes nap

12 months
September - August



Traditional School Year Onah Program

(Ages 2 - 5 Years Old)

Core Hours
9 am - 12 pm (mornings)
9 am - 3 pm (mornings and afternoons)

10 months
September - June

Extended Hours (additional charge applies)
Lunch Bunch (12 pm - 3 pm)

Program Options (run when demand is sufficient)
3 mornings (M, W, F)
5 mornings
5 + 2 (W/Th afternoons)
5 + 3 (T, W, Th afternoons)


Expanded offerings for children ages 0 - 2 years old

While not yet old enough to come on their own, we have a number of programs for our youngest community members, ages 0-2, and their parents that will entertain, build community, and introduce your young ones to Gan HaYeled. Click here to learn more about our drop-in Parents with New Babies "Coffee-Club," Toddler Playgroup, and Library Story Times!

Parent/Toddler Kangaroo Class

For children 18-24 mo. old. Children in this program have the opportunity to get to know Gan HaYeled as a warm and secure place, while exploring the facilities and materials of the Gan. Flexibility of the program and space allows them freedom to touch base with their parent and then experience some independence as their confidence increases.

Caregivers participate in discussions based on issues such as discipline, parenting, toilet training, language development, etc. All caregiver participation is encouraged and appreciated!  For more information, e-mail Megan Soe.

Summer 2020

Please note that the Coffee-Club, Toddler Playgroup, Library Story Times, and Kangaroo Class will not be running during Summer 2020. We look forward to each of these programs in Fall 2020.



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.

Through a variety of hands-on experiences, we encourage students to explore the world around them. Students develop their cognitive, social, and physical skills through art, make-believe play, science, cooking, literature, music, and simply playing together. Our program, which offers small classes and an excellent student-to-teacher ratio, is enhanced by enrichment faculty in creative movement, music, science, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), and Jewish education.

Joyous celebrations of Jewish holidays foster a deep feeling of pride in Jewish heritage as children participate in traditional rituals, and create their own new customs. Jewish values and mitzvot, such as chesed (kindness to others), bal tashchit (caring for the environment), hachnasat orchim (hospitality), and tzedakah (justice, giving to others less fortunate) are also woven into our curriculum.

Throughout the school day, students develop what Ellen Galinsky, in Mind in the Making, calls the “seven essential life skills”: focus and self control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, taking on challenges, and self-directed, engaged learning. All our children, including those with special needs, explore new ways to apply these life skills in the classroom, on the playground, on field trips, and during our special parent-sponsored programs.


School Support Services

The Gan is committed to providing a quality early childhood education for all children. We foster inclusivity by staffing a full-time developmental support coordinator who can assess and coordinate services to accommodate the needs of all our students.

Developmental Screenings

We recognize that every child learns at a different pace, and shines in his or her own way. However, if a child appears to be having difficulty, or is not integrating into the group as would be expected, our developmental support coordinator is available to spend time in the classroom and assess the child’s needs. We are then able to work within the classroom, and to suggest extra-curricular strategies, to help the child fulfill his or her potential and better enjoy his or her Gan experience.

Kindergarten Readiness

When children are four and five years old, we want to make certain they are prepared for the next step in their educational careers. In the late fall/early winter, each child expected to enter kindergarten the following fall is given the Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning IV (DIAL-4).  This is a cursory assessment of motor development, language development and concept development. This assessment enables us to adjust our curriculum appropriately to ensure children leaving the Gan make a successful transition to kindergarten.

Support Service Coordination

Our development support coordinator, Stephanie Slater, can provide teachers and parents with many tools to support development, but every so often, a child needs additional support in order to maximize his or her potential.  At the Gan, we consult with both private speech & language pathologists and occupational therapists. These specialists are available onsite for screenings, evaluations and treatment.  Although families are responsible for the payment of these services, our developmental support coordinator is available to help coordinate scheduling to accommodate our families.


The Gan has a rich history of recognizing the value of inclusion. In order to provide an enriched preschool experience to all of the community’s children, the Gan has created an environment that understands the individual needs of all its students.

The Division on Early Childhood Education (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) defines inclusion as follows:

"Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society.  The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with and without disabilities and their families include a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and development and learning to reach their full potential.  The defining features of inclusion that can be used to identify high quality early childhood programs and services are access, participation, and supports."(DEC/NAEYC, 2009)

Family Support Services

A clinical social worker and early childhood specialist from the Jewish Social Service Agency, JSSA, is on site every other week as our JSSA synagogue liaison. Over the years, our liaison has provided support to Gan families dealing with stressful situations such as new babies, developmental challenges, sibling difficulties, separation anxieties, school changes, moving, illness or death, separation or divorce, and job loss.

Meet our JSSA liaison Shana Frenkel

The JSSA Synagogue Liaison program is a partnership between JSSA and local congregations as an additional support to families. As the JSSA Synagogue Liaison for Adas Israel, Shana Frenkel, LCSW-C, provides consultations, support, and referrals to members of the Gan HaYeled Pre-School and larger synagogue community regarding a wide variety of concerns. Shana has experience working with individuals, couples and families. Her expertise includes early childhood, learning and attention challenges, parenting, depression, mood issues, and separation and divorce.

The Mildred and Jess Fisher Early Childhood Center - Gan HaYeled Preschool |Adas Israel 2850 Quebec Street, NW Washington, DC 20008 | p: 202.362.4491 | f: 202.363.7236

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