North Bay

Gan Israel Preschool of Petaluma

B'nai Israel Jewish Center 740 Western Ave. Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 763-5136
Director Leslee Lauritzen

Emphasizes emergent curriculum with focus on process more than product, on children’s interests more than the teacher’s, on what happens rather than what is planned to happen. By helping children see the lessons and learning in the world around them and among themselves, teachers create lifelong, independent learners and foster creativity and problem solving. The preschool presents an activity-oriented program that includes Jewish teachings and traditions and fosters respect and interdependence among children.

Open to all faiths, ages 2-5 years; teacher-student ratio is 1:6; additional days and early care available upon request. In-house gymnastics program, kindergarten readiness. Two- to five-day program available; hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also Gan Katan Infant/Toddler Play Group for children from birth to 2 years. Group serves two purposes: for moms, dads and grandparents to meet each other and to educate children through play. Visits welcome every Monday from 9 to 10 a.m.