Gan Shalom Nursery School
The Nursery School of the Reconstructionist
Synagogue of The North Shore
1001 Plandome Road
Plandome, New York 10030
Laura Reich, M.S., Director
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 7:45 a.m. to 6:15 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. To schedule a tour or obtain more information contact Laura Reich, Director at email@example.com or 516-627-0257.
Gan Shalom Nursery School of 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.
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:
- Delight in their own creative efforts
- Are encouraged to be curious and safely explore their natural surroundings
- Investigate cause and effect relationships
- Develop social skills with other children
- Develop control of their bodies through the use of equipment for large and small motor activities
- Interact in a Jewish environment and experience ritual at an age appropriate level
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Laura Reich has been the director of Gan Shalom Nursery school since 1995. She is a lifelong early childhood professional and earned a B.S. and M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Queens College. Prior to becoming the director of Gan Shalom, Laura was teaching 3 and 4 year olds and taught kindergarten in the New York City public schools. She has been actively involved in Jewish Early Childhood Education for more than 30 years. Laura has published articles on early childhood education for prestigious early childhood journals. She is a member of the National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC) and serves on the board of The Jewish Early Childhood Association and Childcare Council of Nassau County’s Golf Committee. She has worked closely with traditional and non-traditional families with young children to develop strong Jewish identities and a love of Judaism.
Our Exceptional Staff
Our LOW CHILD/TEACHER RATIO ensures individual attention for your child and family. All of our Head Teachers are state certified and have earned MASTERS DEGREES, two having been awarded the prestigious Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION. Our nurturing assistant teachers are all experienced in working with young children. Our Clergy are an integral part of your child’s learning. Additional staff includes our music, woodworking, sports, movement and gymnastics specialists. All our staff model life-long learning and bring enthusiasm, creativity, and a sense of HUMOR to class each day. Our staff regularly attends workshops and conferences so that we can offer the newest and best practices in Jewish Early Childhood Education for our children and families.
Programs and Facilities
Gan Shalom Nursery School provides separating classes for two-year-olds, three-year-olds and four-year-olds. Our non separating Come Play With Me Class introduces our youngest students to a school environment.
Our inviting, homey, air conditioned classrooms and gym provide a wonderful place 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.
Schedule of Classes
Come Play With Me (non-separation class) Beginning January 2018
9:30-10:45 a.m. 11:00-12:15 p.m.
Toddler Classes: 2, 3 and 4 day options
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Three-Year-Old Classes: 5 day program
9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.* or 9:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Four-Year-Old Classes: 5 day program
Mon/Wed 9:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. & Tues/Thurs/Fri 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
We offer extensions to your child’s school day with our three-year-old Lunch Bunch Program and our four-year-old Afterschool Program. For information on 7:30 a.m drop-off and/or 6:30 p.m. pick-up, please call Laura Reich at 516-627-0257.
Our Family Programs
Gan Shalom Nursery School encourages parents and other family members to participate in their child’s nursery school experience. Regular participation in your child’s class creates a bond between home and school. Opportunities are readily available for you to join your child’s class for a trip, a Shabbat experience, a cooking experience, a birthday celebration and a holiday celebration. During the year we encourage you to attend our annual Daddies day, Family Picnic and Shabbat Dinner as well as other events and services offered by the synagogue.
Summer at Gan Shalom
For seven weeks each summer your child can have a wonderful experience at Gan Shalom. We offer weekly Come Play With Me Classes and summer programs for our toddlers, three-and four-year-olds. Special activities are planned for each week of the program. 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.
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.
Please contact our director,
Laura Reich at 516-627-0257 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Licensed by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services
- Registered with the NYS Education Department
- Rated 4 Stars in Quality Stars New York program
- A participant in the Port Washington Universal Pre-K Program
- We participate in P J Library
- To see a list of PJ Library events click here.