Preschool

For additional information on our preschool, please call our Director, Kate Holdsworth-Clarke at

413-584-3593 x204 or send an e-mail to gan.keshet@cbinorthampton.org.

 

Please note: A link to our admissions materials can be found below.

 

PHILOSOPHY

During the early years, children form their basic attitudes towards learning, themselves and others. At Gan Keshet we strive to support a child’s development of self-confidence, respect and empathy for others, intellectual curiosity, creative expression, and a positive identity.

Gan Keshet offers a rich, nurturing, play-based learning environment where children, families and staff together explore what it means to be a community. We strive to create an environment for children to explore, question and develop an authentic voice. Families and staff, of diverse backgrounds, partner together as we introduce the Jewish community and its values. Our curriculum focuses on social, emotional, and physical development while fostering intellectual curiosity and cognitive growth.

Since children grow at different rates, individual and group activities are offered. Children are encouraged to be actively involved in the learning process.

PROGRAM 

The children’s day includes time for group play as well as time for exploring and working independently. A variety of developmentally appropriate materials are provided to support making of choices, sharing, experimentation, and problem solving.

The arts are woven into all facets of the program. Painting, collage, dance, movement, music, literature, and dramatic play are an important part of our program.

We are fortunate to have large sunny classrooms, several other large indoor rooms as well as a spacious playground, outdoor classroom, and Abundance Farm available to us, allowing for ample opportunity for gross motor activities on a variety of equipment. Frequently we take walks giving children the opportunity to both observe and enjoy nature and seasonal changes!

Gan Keshet celebrates the rhythm of the Jewish year through explorations of Jewish holidays and customs, and an exposure to the Hebrew language. Now after 0ver 30 successful years of service, Gan Keshet is growing again, collaborating with the Lander Grinspoon Academy and Abundance Farm to expand the options it offers local families. 

Nutritious snacks are served daily. Shabbat is celebrated each Friday with challah, grape juice, and a candle lighting ceremony. Our kitchen is kosher.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Parents are an active and vital part of our program and are welcome in the classrooms to observe or participate in activities. As volunteers, parents are part of our Parent Teacher Association, fundraising activities, shopping, special events, and field trips. This affords parents the opportunity to share in the children’s experiences and helps to build a sense of community. Teachers and the Director communicate regularly with parents through written notices, informal chats, and bi-annual parent teacher conferences.

ADMISSION POLICY

Established in 1985, the school is administered by a Director and is a part of Congregation B’Nai Israel. We are licensed by the MA Department of Early Education and Care. Children must be between the ages of 2.9 and 5 years old as of September 1st of the enrollment year.

The official application period is from November 1st to February 28th of the school year prior to the student’s enrollment. Parents are notified of acceptance status by March 1st. All enrollments are on a trial basis and are subject to the child’s adjustment to the program. Our non-discrimination and other school policies are available on request.

  • Download our Application for Admission
  • Download our Admissions Policy
  • Download our Tuition & Fees Information

SCHEDULE – Click for the School Year Calendar

Gan Keshet operates during the school year (Sept. to  June).  We offer a Summer Program to current and incoming Gan Keshet children (who are of age as of the start of July). Summer Program is not currently open to the public. The Summer Program is held almost exclusively outside in our outdoor classroom and on Abundance Farm, running from the start of July to mid August. 

We believe the work of the 3 year old (socially/emotionally) differs from the four year old and divide our classrooms into developmentally age appropriate groups.

The school’s Morning Program starts at 8:15 am and runs to 12:45 pm, Monday through Friday. Children may attend 3, 4, or 5 mornings a week in the Parpar (Butterfly) class and 4 or 5 mornings a week in the Chamaniah (Sunflower) class. Lunch Bunch is included in our Morning Program, Monday through Friday. Lunches are brought from home and must be kosher, dairy or vegetarian.

An Afternoon Program (Tzohoraim) is also available four days a week (Monday- Thursday) from 12:45-3:00 pm and on Fridays until 3:00 pm (Nov-Feb until 2:30 pm) for children who participate in the morning program. We also offer an Extended day Program:  Monday to Thursday from 3:00- 5:15 pm.

TUITION

Tuition is subject to change annually. A rate sheet is available upon request. Ask us about the HGF Right Start Grant (go to: http://www.pjlibrary.org/rightstart.php for eligibility guidelines) and/or any scholarships that may be available.

VISITS

Visitors are welcome. Please contact our Director, Kate Holdsworth-Clarke, at (413) 584-3593 x 204, or via email at gan.keshet@cbinorthampton.org to schedule an appointment.