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Register for Gan Israel Preschool

We have openings.

To schedule a tour, please call our Gan Israel Director, Teri Porter at 707-763-5136.

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Gan Israel can offer partial- and full-tuition scholarships for children of Jewish families through the Jewish Community Federation. 

Click here to download the Scholarship Application


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Gan Israel Preschool

Gan Israel has a play-based curriculum based on the child's interest. Teachers scaffold and build on the areas of interest with an emergent curriculum that is engaging and developmentally appropriate.

The goal is to create lifelong learners who independently seek out opportunities to grow and discover. The teachers connect with the children through positive and nurturing interactions, creating opportunities for social and emotional development and self regulation.

We are an inclusive program and accept students of all faiths, any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.  We present an activity-oriented program which incorporates Jewish teachings and cultural traditions into its environment and fosters those values in children through play-based activities, art projects, stories and songs.

As part of the Jewish Center, families are invited to connect and participate in social events to build a sense of community and support.

If you are interested in a tour or being on the wait list, please click the Brightwheel link and share your contact information. This is the easiest and quickest way to assure a spot. We are currently enrolling.

For more information please call Gan Israel Director Teri Porter at or (707) 763-5136

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Monthly Rates Starting September 2024

Our School year begins in September and goes til mid-June. We follow the local school district calendar for school breaks and holidays. Tuition is based on an annual 10-month school year rate. It can either be paid in full in September, or payable on a monthly basis (September through June). If paid on a monthly basis, tuition is due on the first of each month. There is a $50 late fee if paid after the 5th of the month.

Click here for 2024-2025 School Calendar

There is a yearly non-refundable registration fee of $195

Part Day Schedule: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Two Days  M T W Th F        $460

Three Days M T W Th F      $620

Four Days M T W Th F        $770

Five Days M T W Th F        $855


Extended Full Day 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Two Days M T W Th F        $625

Three Days M T W Th F     $850

Four Days M T W Th F       $965

Five Days M T W Th F        $1,205

The daily drop in ½ day fee is  and  for full day. Hourly aftercare is  per hour, with a 24 hour notice. This is a set schedule, and we cannot substitute days due to ratios and staffing requirements. Please let us know through the Brightwheel app if your child is sick or absent. There is a $5 late pick up fee if you are over 5 minutes late. Tuition is spread out over a 10 month period with a monthly installment regardless of breaks or absences.

Steps to Enroll:​​​​​​​

1. Fill out a Brightwheel application from the link on our website,

2. Request a tour, done daily Monday to Friday at 3:00 p.m. - 707-763-5136, Gan Israel Director, Teri Porter,

3. Complete registration packet from tour and arrange a start date.

4. Download Brightwheel app on your phone. Please communicate through your Brightwheel app.

5. All billing and schedules will be available in your Brightwheel account.


Gan Israel 2023-2024 Schedule:​​​​​​

Memorial Day – Monday, May 27, 2024 – CLOSED

Last Day of School – Friday, June 7, 2024 – Graduation time 10:00 a.m. – NO AFTERCARE

Summer Break – Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 21, 2024 – CLOSED

Gan Israel Summer Camp – Monday, June 24 to Friday, August 16, 2024 – (8 WEEKS)

Fourth of July – CLOSED on July 4 and July 5

Gan Israel 2024-2025 Schedule:​​​​​​

First Day of Gan Israel Preschool – Tuesday, September 3, 2024

We are not closed for Jewish holidays unless indicated. We follow the Petaluma City School calendar for federal holidays and breaks.  Tuition is based on a yearly basis, and divided evenly for 10 monthly payments, Sept-June. The full amount is due each month regardless of vacations, illness or school holidays or breaks.  If you plan to leave the program, you are required to give a 30-day notice. We cannot hold your spot unless you pay full tuition for extended leaves of absence. 

Click here for 2023-2024 Gan Israel School Calendar

Program Highlights

  • Kindergarten readiness
  • Ages 2-5 years
  • Two to five-day programs available
  • Additional days and early care (starting at 8:30 AM) upon request
  • Teacher to student ratio - 1:8
  • Yoga program
  • Music and movement, local field trips, environmental awareness program, and basic skills for healthy living

* Every child enrolled in our Preschool must meet the state requirements for immunization. The only exemption is for medical conditions.

For more information please call Gan Israel Director Teri Porter at (707) 763-5136 or email

Meet Our Teachers

Gan Israel Preschool Director - Teri Porter

Teri Porteris our director of Gan Israel Preschool. Teri has a wealth of experience in Early Childhood Education and has directed infant, preschool, and after-school care programs in Sonoma and Marin counties. She received a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena. Teri has lived in Petaluma for over 30 years, and has two grown sons, Garrett and Marshall. She enjoys photography, hiking, yoga and traveling.

Teri may be reached at (707) 763-5136. Email her at

Miss Molly

My name is Molly Vongchanh. I was born in Laos and came to the United States as a refugee when I was 10. I’ve lived in Santa Rosa since 1990. I have two wonderful sons, aged 30 and 22. I’m also happily engaged to my soulmate, and we plan to get married this fall.

Prior to coming to Gan Israel, I worked in medical accounts receivable for over 17 years. During the pandemic, I decided to pursue my love for children and studied Early Childhood Development at Santa Rosa Junior College, where I earned my certification. I am passionate about working with children and helping them grow.

When I am not working, I enjoy hiking, cooking, photography and spending time with my family. I am happy and excited to be the part of the Gan Israel family.

Miss Lori

Hi! My name is Lori Martinez. I come to Gan Israel with more than 25 years teaching experience. I hold an AA degree and Child Development certificate from Santa Rosa Junior College. I also hold a Site Supervisor Permit through the State of California. I have been happily married to my husband, Paul for 5 years — together for 13 years. We enjoy going to the movies, going out to dinner and watching and attending sports events, especially the Warriors, Giants, A’s, Sharks, and Raiders! We also enjoy taking trips to Disneyland, Reno and Santa Cruz, as we enjoy quality time together.

Miss Krista

My name is Krista Leone. I have lived in Petaluma all my life. My husband and I have three girls age 16, 12 and 10. After high school I went to Santa Rosa Junior College and received my Associate Teacher credentials in Early Childhood Education. This was all before marriage and children. I have taught in Montessori classrooms in the past and also have play-based experience. I took a number of years off to raise my children but I am ready to come back and teach in the classroom again! When I am not taking my children to their many activities, I enjoy working in my garden and yard.







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