Gan Haverim Pre-School
For children ages 2 to 5 of any faith, or no faith, background.
Gan Haverim means “Garden of Friends” in Hebrew, and has evolved from the vision of a group of Bet Haverim parents who worked with passion to develop and nurture the concept of the school. Since 2005, offering the Yolo County community a unique, Jewish-inspired, play-based learning environment.
The emphasis is on Reform Jewish values in an emergent, play-based curriculum. Children are inspired to explore, celebrate and learn in a friendly, safe and stimulating environment.
“Every time we teach a child something, we keep him from inventing it himself. On the other hand, that which we allow him to discover for himself will remain with him visible for the rest of his life.” ~ Jean Piaget
A variety of program options are offered. Full-time (7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and Pre-school day (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) opportunities are available for two, three, four and five-day per week programs.
Children are placed in either the Redwood Room or the Sunshine Room on an individualized basis to ensure the most successful environment for each child’s unique social-emotional strengths.
We see our children as individuals who come to us with a variety of experiences which we can nurture and build upon. We are building the foundation for later learning by allowing children the time and opportunity to play and discover the world around them. We are constantly working to create an atmosphere of childhood self-discovery, personal independence and individual uniqueness. Every day we promote feelings of joy in creating and learning, respect of other people, plants and animals.
We believe that children can learn from each other and can problem-solve together with the adult there to guide their thinking with open-ended questioning and by providing appropriate materials.
Jewish values create the school environment. We model and encourage kindness, compassion, respect and responsibility. Judaism teaches that the formative years of early childhood are vitally important. We want all children to feel competent, unique, nurtured and loved.
A Play-Based Curriculum
Gan Haverim follows a play-based, or emergent curriculum. This means that the children are observed in the group setting to see where their interests lie. Activities may change from year to year, depending upon the needs of the children enrolled.
At Gan Haverim, the outdoor space is as important as the classroom. Many activities are moved outdoors, so that they can be experienced in a more natural setting.
Jewish values and holidays enrich the classroom curriculum. The children learn about the Jewish holidays at an appropriate developmental level.
Rabbi Greg Wolfe joins the Gan Haverim children on Fridays to celebrate Shabbat, as well as for holiday celebrations and visits to the Sanctuary.
Our aim is to create a warm, caring and stimulating learning environment where children will grow in confidence and self-esteem.
Gan Haverim children are provided the opportunity to develop their natural curiosity, imagination and creativity. They are allowed time for creative thinking and exploration.
With a seven-to-one student to staff ratio, small class size and a dedicated staff of early childhood-educated professionals, Gan Haverim has been the program of choice for hundreds of Yolo County families for more than a decade.
We welcome your family to become part of ours, as well!
Apply for Gan Haverim
Applications for current and future openings are accepted throughout the year. Please contact Gan Haverim Director Trudi Schwarz at 530-758-0842 ext. 307, or e-mail her to schedule a tour.