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About Gan Aliyah Preschool

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Gan Aliyah Preschool, our early childhood program, opened in 2014 with an inaugural class of 8 students with 2 certified early childhood teachers in its Toddler program.   Now including classrooms for children from 18 months to 5 years old, Gan Aliyah Preschool engages students in creative and inspiring experiences designed to foster their curiosity and exploration.  Gan Aliyah is welcoming and open to families of all faiths and ethnic groups who wish to attend.

Our program is fully licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).  Gan Aliyah Preschool exceeds staffing ratios required by our licensing agency with intimate classroom sizes and two teachers in each classroom. 

Are you considering giving your child the gift of time with another pre-kindergarten year? Would you like him or her to try a different program? Then we are ready to welcome him or her! Our experienced staff are skilled at accommodating individualized curriculum goals for children who are ready for more but not quite ready for kindergarten. Your child will thrive during an extra year as s/he gains skills in the foundational areas of social/emotional development as well as all cognitive learning domains. 

Gan Aliyah Preschool and the Temple Aliyah family thrive under the enthusiastic leader­ship of Rabbi Carl Perkins, Cantor Jamie Gloth and Aileen Landau, our Director of  Early Childhood Education and Young Family Engagement.  All three are frequent visitors to the classroom where they engage with students and families in music and learning, Shabbat and holiday celebrations. Aileen is a daily presence in the school, working with staff, students and families.


Gan Aliyah Classes

18 months to 2 years as of 9/1/19 (Blue Room) 9am - 12:45 pm
  • 2-day program: Tuesday and Thursday
Two's and almost-Two's as of 9/1/19 (Purple Room) 9 am - 12:45 pm
  • 3-day program:  Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 
  • 4 day option: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • 5 day option: Monday through Friday
  • Additional Hours:  Stay & Play (til 2:30 pm) available Monday through Thursday
Threes and Fours (Yellow Room) 9 am - 12:45 pm
  • 9 am - 12:45 pm
  • 5-day program:  Monday through Friday
  • Additional Hours:  Stay & Play (til 2:30 pm) available Monday through Thursday
Fours and Fives (Green Room) 9 am - 12:45 pm
  • 9 am - 12:45 pm
  • 5-day program:  Monday through Friday
  • Additional Hours:  Stay & Play (til 2:30 pm) available Monday through Thursday

Calendar:  Gan Aliyah Preschool is in session from early September through mid-June.  We are closed for all Needham Public Schools and Jewish Holidays.  

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