Gan Shalom Nursery School

Gan Shalom Nursery School fosters positive early childhood education, creativity, and growth. For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Rhya Jerrold, director, at or 516.627.0257. 



Schedule of Classes

Come Play With Me (Non-Separation Classes) 

Offered on trimester sessions.

Toddler Classes: 3 and 5 day options
  9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Three-Year-Old Classes: 5 day program

  9:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Four-Year-Old Classes: 5 day program

  9:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Gan Shalom Nursery School Offers Expanded Hours We now offer a wrap around program to our regular nursery school classes.  From September-June, our nursery school is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. staffed by our award winning teachers.  Gan Shalom is a participant in the Port Washington Universal Pre-K program and Quality Stars NY.  

Gan Shalom is

  • Licensed by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services
  • Registered with the New York State Department of Education
  • Rated 4 Stars in Quality Stars New York Program
  • A participant in the Port Washington Universal Pre-K Program


Begin with the child

We provide a safe, cozy, stimulating and nur­turing CHILD-RESPONSIVE environment in which teachers are sensitive to developmental stages of young children and to each child as an INDIVIDUAL. With many and varied developmentally appropriate materials available, the children learn through play with one another.

Our Home–School Connection

At Gan Shalom we strive to create a PARTNERSHIP between home and school. Families are invited to participate in their child’s classroom throughout the year, thereby having the opportunity to see their child in the context of the school environment.  It is special for a child when a member of his or her own family is in the class­room sharing the day’s experiences.

Our Values-Based Curriculum

Our innovative curriculum focuses on teaching children how to be COMPASSIONATE, accepting, caring individuals.  Jewish activities are integrated into the program through play, music, art, cooking and Shabbat and holiday celebrations. The rich and enthusiastic introduction of early positive Jewish experiences encourage the development of a strong Jewish identity.  In addition to the classroom activities, parents together with their children, are invited to participate in regularly scheduled synagogue programming. Workshops focusing on child development issues and Jewish family experiences are offered frequently.

A School Where Children:

  • Develop an appreciation for literature and other school-readiness topics
  • Delight in their own creative efforts -- artistically, musically, and through movement
  • Are encouraged to be curious and explore their natural surroundings
  • Investigate cause and effect relationships
  • Hone social skills with other children
  • Make connections through STEM exploration
  • Interact in a Jewish environment and experience ritual at an age appropriate level

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Our Director 

Rhya Jerrold is a perpetual student and has earned a B.S. from UMass Amherst, an M.S. in Elementary & Early Childhood Education from Hofstra University, a J.D. from Touro Law School, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Leadership from Touro International University. She is also a member of the Jewish Early Childhood Association (JECA), a member of the National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC), and she serves on the executive board of the New York State Association for the Education for Young Children (NYAEYC) as the state organization’s Finance Chair.

Rhya has previously served as the Early Childhood Director at a large JCC on Long Island as well as taught in both early childhood and elementary settings. She has been actively involved in Jewish Early Childhood Education for almost 20 years. In addition, Rhya has spent the past several years as an Early Childhood Consultant, working with numerous schools and ECE programs on topics ranging from curriculum implementation and the creation of classroom environments to regulatory compliance and the NAEYC accreditation process. 

Rhya lives in Plainview and is the mom to a wonderful young son. She enjoys working with all the families of RSNS… and especially with their young children!

Our Exceptional Staff

Our LOW CHILD/TEACHER RATIO ensures individual attention for your child and family.  All of our teachers are credentialed, certified, or have been approved by the New York State Department of Education to be members of our UPK site. Two of our teachers have been awarded the prestigious Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION. Our teachers hold education degrees or toddler credentials, and are all experienced in working with young children. Additional staff includes our music, sports, movement, and gymnastics specialists. Our clergy also are an integral part of your child’s learning. 

Programs and Facilities

Gan Shalom Nursery School provides classes for two-year-olds, three-year-olds and four-year-olds. Additional classes introduce even younger children  to a school environment.

Our inviting, homey, air conditioned classrooms, toddler indoor playroom, and sensory-friendly newly renovated preschool gym provide wonderful places for children to learn and grow.

Our park-like setting includes a toddler playground, a playground for our three-and four-year-olds, a unique Outdoor Classroom and an Organic Garden where learning, experimenting and exploring take place throughout the year.

Summer at Gan Shalom

For seven weeks each summer, your child can have a wonderful experience at Gan Shalom. We offer summer programs for our toddlers, three- and four-year-olds.  Special activities are planned for each week of the camp. Children will have the opportunity to play indoors in our air-conditioned classrooms and outdoors in our playgrounds with water tables, sprinklers and a waterslide. Music, sports, and art specialists add to our fun!

PJ Library

Gan Shalom and RSNS participate in PJ Library -- hosting fun evenings of crafts, books, music, and dinner once a month on a Wednesday from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Be sure to check the calendar for exact dates.

To learn more about the PJ Library, click the following link

Shalom Shabbat

One Saturday a month, our youngest children along with an adult, celebrate Shabbat with challah and juice, songs, stories, and movement. Both Gan Shalom families and non-members are invited. Learn More


Gan Shalom Nursery School at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, a non-profit school, was organized in 1994 by a committee of dedicated rabbis, early childhood educators and child development professionals, with the goal of providing the best possible Jewish and secular experience for young children and their families. We are licensed by the NYS Office of  Child and Family Services and Registered with the NYS Education Department. Gan Shalom Nursery School is a proud participant of the Universal Pre-K Program of the Port Washington School District and  Quality Stars NY.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in Gan Shalom Nursery School. We would love to have the opportunity to speak with you and arrange a visit to our school.  

For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact our director, Rhya Jerrold at 516.627.0257 or