The Gan HaYeled PreSchool at Adas Israel Congregation is a warm and welcoming, NAEYC Accredited Preschool in the heart of Washington, DC. Known for its strong community of students, parents, and faculty, the Gan is the perfect place for children to learn, grow, and have fun! Now offering both Full Day and Part Time programs.  


Welcome to the Gan, a premier Jewish preschool in Washington, DC. We are a community of students, staff, and parents who learn and play together. Our children, ages six months to five years, are excited to come to school to experience new things and see familiar faces. Children form friendships with one another that sometimes turn into lifelong relationships, and parents frequently make plans for coffee and get-togethers with other families. We are a diverse community of families who celebrate traditions together, and whose children learn to love learning.  more >


Gan News

PPA SOccer on Mondays at noon

In response to parent requests, PPA is bringing soccer to the Gan! 

We are offering a  class to children 3 years and older who are not in class on Mondays after 12pm. The Barvazim and Levavot will participate in soccer during their school day and do not need to register. 
Sign up here


a message from stephanie

It is only November, but we are already thinking about what our rising Kindergarteners need in order to feel confident and be successful in their classes next year.  To help understand their specific skill-sets, I will be working individually with each child (who turns 5 by September 2017).  I will be using an assessment tool called the Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning, 4th edition (DIAL-4).  This is a tool that will provide us with a cursory look at motor, language and concept development.  This tool provides us with a better understanding of where our children are in their pre-academic skills, as well as an awareness of what we can add to our curriculum for the year.  Once each class is completed, I will review the findings with teachers.  They will be able to share this information with you as necessary.  If you have any concerns or want to discuss the DIAL-4 further, email me at



Gan staff were asked to write what the Gan means to them. This work of art is what they said:

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November 23- Gan closes at noon

November 24-27 Gan closed

November 19- Expectant Parent and a Movie Havdallah

November 21- Free trial class for PPA Soccer program



The Gan has been NAEYC accredited since 1994.  Visit NAEYC to learn about the criteria to obtain accreditation.

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