Gan Shalom Early Childhood Center

The Gan - Gan Shalom Early Childhood Center

The Gan Early Childhood Center (The Gan) provides a warm, friendly, and nurturing environment for young children through family programs, music, crafts, parent-tot classes, unique curricula, and more. A wide variety of engaging activities invites children, parents and grandparents into the Beth Shalom family to celebrate together the joy of being Jewish.

The Gan is proud to continue to bring innovative, fun, creative social and learning activities in a warm and loving environment to children in our community.

We are also proud to announce the establishment of the Acker Family Gan Scholarship Fund, the metro Detroit Jewish community’s first scholarship fund for preschool children. Thanks to the generosity and caring of second-generation Beth Shalom members Caryn and Jerry Acker, assistance is now available to families with preschool children attending or wanting to attend our Gan Shalom Preschool. The application process is informal. Anyone needing confidential assistance should contact Gan Shalom Director Nicole Jahr through the synagogue office.

Gan Shalom Early Childhood CenterThe Gan Shalom Early Childhood Center, for children 18 months to 5 years, celebrates each child and supports their growth through a unique bilingual Hebrew-English curriculum that has become a model for other programs around the country. We also teach Zoophonics (reading readiness), Chicago (hands-on) math, creative art and science exploration, and Israeli dance and music. Our teachers are loving, warm, and professional. We specialize in a small teacher-child ratio.

KinderReady, pre-K curriculum is a specialized curriculum preparing children for the academic and social skills and critical thinking necessary for today’s kindergarten.  Children must be eligible for kindergarten in Fall 2014.

The Gan is held Monday through Friday, with morning, afternoon, and full-day programs available. Extended and early care are offered from 8-9 AM and 3:30-5:30 PM.

For information on specific classes and programs, click on the links below. For more on classes, programs, tuition and other questions, contact Gan Shalom Director Nicole Jahr at 248-547-7970, ext. 234 or

Gan School Calendar 2013-14 (COMING SOON!)

Gan Shalom 2013-14 Application

All By Myself Fall 2013 Registration Form