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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, includes Summer Camp
Closed one week for Winter Break

Program Options (run when demand is sufficient)

Shanah (for children who will be 2 by September 30th)
January 2s (for children who will be 2 by January 1st)


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
Closed two weeks for Winter Break

Extended Hours (additional charge applies)

Early Bird (8 am - 9 am)
Lunch Bunch (12 pm - 3 pm)

Program Options (run when demand is sufficient)

2 mornings (Tu/Th)
3 mornings (M, W, F)
5 mornings
5 + 2 (W/Th afternoons)
5 + 3 (T, W, Th afternoons)
5 + 5

Summer Camp

Summertime at Adas Israel’s Gan HaYeled is about making friends, actively learning, and participating in Jewish traditions. Students enjoy the opportunity to spend more time with the teachers and friends they have grown to love. Camp runs from mid-June through early-August, and Gan teachers staff the classes.

A camp day is similar to a school day at the Gan. Mornings begin with playtime in classrooms, followed by water play and other outdoor fun. Campers create unique art projects, and enjoy special programming like the magic shows, plays, and special visitors. All children eat lunch at camp, often enjoying picnics in the shade.

Sweet Summertime registration begins in February with priority given to Adas Israel members and Gan families. For more information, call the Gan office at 202-362-4491. Registration is now closed. 

*Children under age 3 MUST be continuing Gan students. Children over age 3 are welcome to apply. 

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!  Register here!



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 Naomi Brown

Naomi is excited to join JSSA as a Clinical Social Worker providing community and mental health services to the DC and Northern Virginia communities. Prior to beginning her work at JSSA, Naomi worked as a social worker and behavior specialist at a charter school network in Washington DC. In this role, Naomi provided social, emotional, and behavior support for teachers and students in early childhood, elementary, and middle school settings. Naomi received a Master in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Naomi also spent 5 months teaching English at an elementary school in Tel Aviv and completed a 2 year service program teaching high school English through Teach For America in St. Louis.


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

Tue, November 13 2018 5 Kislev 5779