Gan Shalom Preschool offers children and their families an opportunity to build a foundation for learning — both academically and spiritually. Our child-centered approach follows the best-of-the-best early education philosophies, underpinned by Jewish values.
Gan Shalom is a community-inspired preschool program. Our curriculum creates a specialized and engaging experience for children based on age group, while enrichment activities give all students an opportunity to grow.
Located 15 minutes from Des Moines in Waukee, we’re situated on the 50-acre Caspe Terrace campus that offers unrivaled outdoor learning spaces. Learn more about our facility and green spaces, including a convenient van service that safely transports children to and from school.
“This is more than a preschool, it’s a community with kind educators who care about my daughter’s wellbeing as much as I do. She was welcomed warmly and loves the people and place. She looks forward to seeing her friends and teachers. Every activity is designed to strengthen her skills and self-confidence. I’ve seen tremendous growth in her and I am beyond grateful to Gan Shalom for this. If you’re looking for a nurturing environment for your children, look no further!”
— Gan Shalom Parent
Our staff consists of teachers who are passionate about early childhood development and who have significant experience and training working with young children. Meet our team.
A Flexible Partner for Parents
We understand that it’s important for your child’s school to also fit the needs of your home and work life. Gan Shalom offers a 9-month school program and 11-week summer camp program, all with flexible scheduling.
Gan Shalom Summer Camp runs from June through August for ages 2-4. Your child will be encouraged to wonder, create and discover everything around them through hands-on activities. Each week, campers will be engaged in a variety of enrichment activities with ample opportunity to play on our rolling hills and a state-of-the-art playground.
Tours & Admissions
If you’re looking for a preschool in Des Moines, we welcome your family to join us! The registration process starts by taking a tour of Gan Shalom with our Director, Anissa Deay. For available times and days, please fill out the form on the Admissions page, and our Director will be in touch soon after.
Support Education Programs
Education is a core part of our mission at the Jewish Federation, and your donation enables this crucial work with the next generation. Please consider making a gift to Gan Shalom Preschool today.