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Gan Ilan Preschool

Gan Ilan now registering for Spring Nitzanim Class

See Enrollment and Tuition below for more information

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Gan Ilan or “Garden of the Trees” is Temple Isaiah’s preschool, serving children ages 2-6 years old.  The program is open to the community with priority given to members of Temple Isaiah.  At Gan, children learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, with other children, and with the environment around them. We provide children with the opportunity to explore, question, practice and pretend in order to discover the world around them. We see the child as curious, competent, and able to build theories and discover as their teachers support them by observing, documenting and further extending the learning process.

We believe that each child is a unique person who possesses an individual pattern of timing for their own growth and development. We accept and respect each child’s individuality, development, and learning style, and we design our curriculum to reflect these differing abilities. Our play-based curriculum is relevant, emergent and intertwined with Jewish life and practice.

We encourage you to explore our philosophy and curriculum, to contact us with any questions, and to set up a visit so we may share our program with you. Your child is more than welcome to join you on your visit to Gan Ilan.

Gan Ilan is located in Temple Isaiah’s Talmud Torah Center: 945 Risa Road, Lafayette, CA 94549

Heather Mendelsohn Posner, Director of Early Childhood Education, can be reached at (925) 284-8453 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Early Childhood Education

Our early childhood education programs offer an integrated family experience that connects the child, the family, the school and the Temple Isaiah community. We provide children with the opportunity for cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual growth in a safe, nurturing environment that encourages love of learning and fosters independence.

Our programs are designed to encourage imagination and curiosity and to help develop self-esteem and respectful social relationships through curricula that are rich in opportunities for exploration and discovery.

We place particular emphasis on the beauty of Jewish tradition. Through music and art, holiday celebrations, and class rituals, we share with children and their families the joy of Jewish life. Jewish content is woven into the daily structure, providing children a meaningful experience of Jewish values.

We believe that our children are a part of a web of interconnected relationships, and we encourage open dialogue between families, teachers, Temple clergy and community members.

Come Visit Us

We strongly encourage prospective families to schedule a tour of our facility before applying for our program.

Preschool tours are for adults only, to give you the time to focus on the classrooms and the program as a whole. After the tour, there will be a chance to speak with the director on any questions you may have regarding our school.

Please click here to sign up for a tour date.

Enrollment and Tuition

Gan Ilan is now registering for our Spring Nitzanim Class (for children who turn 2 between September 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018).

Registration is open to both members and nonmembers of Temple Isaiah, with a priority enrollment period for temple members and currently enrolled families.  Interested parents of new students should schedule a visit to meet the ECE director and to tour Gan Ilan. 

Gan Ilan has an open enrollment; applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the classes are full.  A nonrefundable enrollment fee of $100.00 must accompany your enrollment form. You will subsequently be billed for your tuition deposit (your last month’s tuition). The deposit reflects your membership status at the time the deposit is given. If you join Temple Isaiah, your tuition rate will change based on the month you have joined the temple, but your deposit will remain the same.

Members - Please click here to register. Please make sure your Temple account is all up to date.

Non-Members - Please click here to start the process of applying. Once this preliminary form is filled out, you will receive a follow up email with instructions on how to set up your secure account and fill out the online application.

Nitzanim Monthly Rates for Gan Ilan 2017-2018.pdf

Extended Care Rates - 2017-2018

Oranim-Nitzanim Extended Care Request Form.pdf

Arazim and Alonim Extended Care Form - 2017-2018

2017-2018 Gan Ilan Calendar.pdf

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Gan Ilan Administrative Staff


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