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 Miriam Miller & Lisa Erkus, interim director & administrative director, at or 516.627.6274. 


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Schedule of Classes

Toddler Classes: 3 and 5-day options
  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 5-days 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (full day option)

Three-Year-Old Classes: 5-day program

   9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or 5-days 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (full day option)

Four-Year-Old Classes: 5-day program

 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or 5-days 9:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Gan Shalom Nursery School Offers Expanded Hours We now offer a wrap-around program to our regular nursery school classes.  From September-June we offer the following:

  • Our nursery school is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 am for before care
  • We are open until 5:30 p.m. for aftercare

Gan Shalom is staffed by our award-winning teachers. We are participants 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 the 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. We invite families to share Shabbat and Birthdays with us.

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 encourages 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 Directors 

We are happy to announce that the RSNS Executive Committee has appointed Miriam Miller as Interim Director of Gan Shalom, effective September 5, 2020. Miriam has been with Gan Shalom since 2003 and is beloved by parents, students, fellow teachers and the RSNS community. Her unflagging dedication to Gan Shalom over many years has been as inspiring, as it has been instrumental in keeping our Nursery School outstanding. Miriam’s strong knowledge of Early Childhood Development will continue to be a valuable resource to Gan Shalom parents and teachers. Miriam has a Masters in Science from Touro College in Special Education for Birth-2nd grade. She was awarded the Grinspoon Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education and has been a facilitator for the last six years in Gan Shalom’s Family Engagement program and plays a part in our PJ library program.
We are also happy to announce that the RSNS Executive Committee has appointed a newer member of the Gan Shalom family, Lisa Erkus, as Interim Administrative Director, effective September 5, 2020. Lisa has assisted with logistical work of managing Gan Shalom during her time with us and has become integral to our administrative efforts. Lisa has a Bachelor’s in Communications with a minor in Politics and has been CDA certified for teaching since 2004. She is familiar with all OCFS regulations as well as requirements for Covid-19. Lisa was a head teacher in the 2s last year and has developed written curricula for 2s, 3s and 4s.

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, and sprinklers. 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 - 6:30 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 interim directors, Miriam Miller & Lisa Erkus at 516.627.6274 or