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Children learn while they play. Gan Shalom offers children hands-on, age-appropriate learning opportunities. Daily activities in small group settings teach children crucial social skills like how to be a friend and work together with others.

“Gan Shalom is an amazing school and we couldn’t be happier that our daughter has the opportunity to attend here. It is a loving and welcoming environment and she has grown so much since starting here. Cannot recommend it enough!”
— Gan Shalom Parent

As a Jewish preschool, our classroom experiences are infused with Jewish values, customs and culture. Our teachers and visiting clergy integrate Judaic principles into everyday activities, including an introduction to Hebrew and Jewish holidays. Children of all faiths are welcome.

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Our curriculum fosters discovery, creativity and independence, and it encourages questioning facilitated by specialists in early childhood education. Get an overview of what kids learn at Gan Shalom.

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Enrichment Activities

Thanks to ongoing partnerships within the Des Moines community, we offer a wide range of special experiences for our students at no extra cost. Explore our typical enrichment opportunities.

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Gan Shalom Summer Camp

Learning and fun don’t end when the school year stops! Gan Shalom summer camp is a great option for parents and grandparents who want to give kids a meaningful summer experience close to home.