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Gan Haverim Preschool

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

Program Offerings

A variety of program options are offered throughout the year. Full-time (7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) and Preschool day (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) opportunities are available for three, four and five-day per week programs.

children enjoy a story

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.

Our Approach

We see our children as individuals who come to us with a variety of experiences that 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.

Rabbis Bess Wohlner and Jeremy Simons join the Gan Haverim children on Fridays to celebrate Shabbat, as well as for holiday celebrations and visits to the Sanctuary. Gan Haverim closes at 4 p.m. on the first Friday of each month for teacher’s work; we also close on certain religious holidays.

Our aim is to create a warm, caring and stimulating learning environment where children will grow in confidence and self-esteem.playing and learning

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.

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We welcome your family to become part of ours, as well!

Financial Policies 2023-2024


There is an annual registration fee for every student. The fee is not applied toward any tuition charge.

Registration fees are as follows:

Registration fee for CBH members:   $100.00
Registration fee for non-members:    $125.00

A security deposit of $500 is due at the time of enrollment. This security deposit, less any unpaid fees, will be refunded within 30 days following your child’s termination from Gan Haverim. The registration fee and first month’s tuition are non-refundable. The annual registration fee and the security deposit must be paid to hold your spot. The first month’s tuition is due on your child’s first day of attendance.


All tuition payments are due by the 1st of each month. There is no monthly discount for holidays, non-student days or early closure days.
All accounts not paid in full will be assessed a late payment fee of $20.00. Any account delinquent for more than 15 days may result in termination of services.

Tuition Options

Preschool day = 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Full Time Day = 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

  5 days/week 4 days/week 3 days/week
Preschool day $1,230 $1064 $838
Full-Time day $1,545 $1,383 $1,204

Congregation Bet Haverim partners receive a 5% discount on monthly tuition

Optional Services

Parents with children enrolled in the preschool day program have the option of
adding pre-care or after-care to their monthly billing. The cost per month is:

Days/week 4 3 2 1
Pre-Care $284 $211 $145 $71
After-Care N/A $323 $211 $108

Drop-in care
is also available on a limited, first-come, first-served basis and requires advance notification to the Director. Drop-in fees are as follows:

Per Hour Per Preschool Day Per Full Care Day
$14 $71 $103

There is a once-a-year fee that is not applicable toward any tuition charge.  The registration fee and the first month’s tuition are non-refundable.  Our registration fees are:

CBH partners $100
non-CBH partners $125

Gan Haverim requires the non-refundable registration fee plus a $500 security deposit and the first month’s tuition by your child’s first attendance day.

Apply for Gan Haverim

Applications for current and future openings are accepted throughout the year. Please contact the Gan Haverim Director at 530-758-0842 ext. 307, or e-mail Jennifer to schedule a tour.

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As the center of Jewish community life in Davis and the surrounding area, we are committed to building a community which meets the educational, spiritual and social needs of people in all stages of life.

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