Our vision: Gan Shalom offers children and their families an opportunity to build a foundation for learning—both academically and spiritually.
Philosophy: Gan Shalom provides a child-entered approach that follows the best-of-the-best early education philosophies, underpinned by Jewish values. Everything grows better in Iowa. At Gan Shalom your child will develop a solid foundation for learning, the confidence to explore, and the self-esteem that will strengthen their emotional, social, physical, and intellectual development.
Children learn while they play. Gan Shalom offers children hands-on, age-appropriate learning opportunities. Daily activities in small group settings teach children how to be part of a group, to share, and to become a friend. Our curriculum fosters discovery, creativity, and independence, and encourages questioning facilitated by professionals specializing in early childhood education.
Nurturing the body nurtures the mind. The Caspe Terrace campus provides ample opportunity for your child to stretch their muscles. Indoors, there is a dedicated craft room, library media center, and gross motor activity room. Outdoors, children enjoy hiking, exploring, navigating trikes, and climbing on our state-of-the-art playground structure. Morning and afternoon snacks are fresh, nutritious, and Kosher. Every Monday and Thursday a hot, dairy lunch is provided, on the other days children are asked to bring a dairy lunch from home. Lunch guidelines are provided to families to ensure children are receiving the nutrition their growing bodies need.
Judaism is a way of life. Gan Shalom is a Jewish-based preschool. Hebrew, holidays, customs and values are integrated into daily activities. Stories, music, singing, dancing, cooking, art projects and special Shabbat programs are featured each week in all of our classrooms. Area clergy actively participate in your child’s Jewish journey.
Leadership:Heading up curriculum, administration and planning for Gan Shalom is Anissa Deay, Preschool Director and Sophie Homonoff, Director of Education of the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines. The melding of their expertise in early childhood education and Judaic studies allow us to offer children and families an amazing and appropriate experience.