About Us

Programs

We are glad to offer very flexible program options to fit your schedule and needs. We have programs for children 2 years old to 5 years old with 2, 3, and 5 day a week options. The school day is from 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM with extended care options from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. We hope that one of these combinations will fit your needs. Tuition information is given out at the tours and open houses only.

Aftercare: We offer an Aftercare Program that is open to the entire neighborhood, and we offer pick up from PS78 and the trailors. Please see Aftercare Tab for more info.

Camp: Our camp is a 6 week summer program with flexible options and a packed, fun-filled schedule. See Camp tab for more details.

Specials at City Gan: Weekly specialty include Sports, Yoga, Music and Movement, Art Class, all led by professional and engaging instructors.

Throughout the year, we have programs to involve the children’s extended family. These include Dads N Donuts, Gardening with Grandparents, Mommy and Me Challah Bake, and Annual Friday Night Family Dinner.

Friday’s at City Gan are very special. Each week, the children make and bake fresh Challah from scratch. Baking teaches the children patience, early math skills, and life skills. The classes have a Shabbat party together teaching the children the concept of including and loving others. The children have a Shabbat party with songs, reading, and blessing the candles, wine (grape juice) and Challah. Each week a child takes home the Shabbat Box which gives his family an opportunity to celebrate Shabbat together in their own unique way, which then gets journaled and is discussed in school the following week.

Mitzvah Notes: Good deed notes are filled out every day at drop off and read to the children out loud during the day. This encourages positive behavior, teaches the children that their actions matter, and gives the children a strong sense of self worth and self confidence.

Parent Involvement: Dad, Mom, a relative, or a friend are invited to come once during the year to do a craft, puppet s show, or tell us about their career! This makes the children feel that where they spend their days is as important to their parents as where go to work daily.

Special Visitors/Trips: We love exploring our neighborhood! We make sure to say hello to our local mail woman, UPS delivery man, and Mr. Fruit man at the corner of Dunkin Donuts. We love visiting our local firehouse, police station, and enjoy a very educational visit from the Dentist!

Snack & Lunch: We provide healthy variety of snacks and delicious catered hot lunches.             




Philosophy

At the Chabad City Gan, we provide your child with a warm Jewish environment where his or her unique style of learning and developing is valued and nurtured. Every child is considered a treasure entrusted in our care and we keep to exceptional academic and social skill standards. We firmly believe that the cornerstone for all cognitive learning is a nurtured sense of self worth achieved by celebrating each child’s individual creative expression and their unique strengths. Our approach to integrated education is informed by both Jewish wisdom and the best of progressive educational practices, primarily the Reggio Emilia approach. These methods guide and inspire us to maintain a high level of respect for each individual child. Guided by Jewish teachings, we view each child as a precious gift entrusted in our care. This belief translates into every day and each encounter at The City Gan. The City Gan admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin in all the rights, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies and other school-administered programs.

Our classroom




Our classrooms are designed to feel like a home away from home for your child. Your child will find his family photo as well as photos of him or herself throughout the classroom. Our environment is arranged to encourage children to explore, manipulate, and discover throughout the classroom! Every moment is used as an opportunity to develop a love for learning and discovery. Below is a description of some of the centers you will find in
our classroom.

MANIPULATIVES

Manipulatives are physical objects that are used as teaching tools to engage students in hands on learning. They can be used to introduce practice or remediate a concept. A manipulative may be as simple as grains of rice or as sophisticated as a model of our solar system. These activities strengthen your child’s skills in the following areas.  

  • Basic numeric concepts 1-10
  • Completion of a task and self esteem
  • Letter sounds / phonemic awareness
  • Matching and classification
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Physical dexterity

ART

Art is a fun and engaging activity for your child to experience where the focus is on the process and not the product. Some examples would be pine cone painting and using droppers in water colors to create fall colored leaves. Art aids your child in developing the following crucial skills.  

  • Visual perception
  • Creativity
  • Colors
  • Fine motor skills

Sensory

Sensory play is vital to a child’s brain development and is known to be a stress reducer. Some examples of sensory play include sand, water, lose parts, transferring utensils etc. Sensory reinforces your child’s skills in the following areas:

  • Creativity
  • Exploration & Discovery
  • Social Skills & Self Confidence
  • Fine Motor Skills





Block Center

Blocks building provides one of the most important developmental experiences for children.

Building with blocks teaches children about balance, gravity and is fundamental for later cognitive success in learning mathematics and numbers, particularly in algebra.

Blocks building also develops early scientific skills. Children learn to problem solve as they build structures, constantly experimenting and figuring out better systems. They feel a sense of wonder as they realize there is always something more to discover.

Block play stimulates learning in all domains of development, intellectual, physical, and social-emotional and language.

The block center strengthens your child’s skills in the following areas:

  • Size and shape discrimination
  • Spatial relationships
  • Structural balance

Dramatic Play

In the dramatic play area, children break through the restrictions of reality. They pretend to be someone or something different from himself or herself and make up situations and actions that go along with the role they choose. Initially it is set up to represent a kitchen because most children are familiar with themes related to family life. This area can be extended to situations like shopping at a grocery store, or going to the doctor or post office. The dramatic play center aids your child in the following areas:

  • Social and verbal skills
  • CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION


Library

Our library is always stocked with a collection of classics, educational, and theme related books. The library is a safe place for the children and is always open for the child to relax, read, and develop early literacy skills. In the library, your child is developing the following skills:

  • Reading readiness
  • Communication and language skills
  • Memory skills
  • Proper book handling