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Petaluma's Inclusive Center for Jewish Life

Register for Gan Israel Preschool

We have openings for the fall program. Tours daily at 3:00 p.m. Call Gan Israel Director Teri Porter at (707) 763-5136 to schedule an appointment.

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

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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 all faiths. 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 for Sep 2022 — May 2023

Preschool Hours 9 AM–1 PM

There is a yearly enrollment fee of $150, non-refundable

Select the days you want to attend

Two Days  M T W Th F   $410=$4100 year

Three Days M T W Th F  $560= $5600 year

Four Days M T W Th F $685=$6850 year

Five Days M T W Th F $740=$7400 year


Full Day 8:30-4:00 M-F Sept-June

Select the days you want to attend

Two Days M T W Th F $570 = $5700 year

Three Days M T W Th F $790=$7900 year

Four Days M T W Th F $890= $8900 year

Five Days M T W Th F $995=$9950 year

The daily drop in ½ day fee is $50 and hourly aftercare is $10 per hour with a 24 hour notice. This is a set schedule, and we cannot substitute days due to ratio’s  and staffing requirements.  All tuition is due on the 1st of the month. There is a $50 late fee if paid after the 5th of the month. Please let us know through the app if the child is sick or absent. Please be on time. There is a $5 late pick up fee if you are over 5 min. Late. Tuition is spread out over a 10 month period with a monthly installment regardless of breaks or absences.

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

We are pleased to welcome Teri Porter as the 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 Jenny

My name is Jennifer Franco, but you may call me Jenny. I have been in the Early Childhood field for 12 years. I did my Early Childhood Education at City College of San Francisco, and I continue to take Early Childhood courses. I have experience working with preschool and school age children. 

I was born and raised in San Francisco and relocated to Marin County in 2010 to settle down with my family. I have three children of my own, ages 15, 12 and 7. We recently moved to Petaluma. In our free time, I like to play video games and watch Anime with my children. We also love going camping and hiking.

I am passionate about working with children because I learn new things from them every day.

Miss MaiBritt

My name is MaiBritt Boggeri and I am the new teacher in the 2’s room here at Gan Israel. I am an early childhood educator with a deep passion for teaching young children. I studied Early Childhood Education at College of Marin where I earned my teaching certification. I am also a college graduate with a degree in foreign languages. I have previous experience as a teacher at Bright Horizons in Marin and I most recently taught preschool and Pre-K at Montessori in Marin.

I am also a proud mom to my twin girls Gabriella and Giovanna and their big sister Daniella. I grew up in Denmark, raised my girls in Marin, and moved to Petaluma 4 years ago — a town I have come to love for its beauty and strong sense of community.

I am excited for the opportunity to become a part of the family here at Gan Israel and look forward to forming close relationships with both the children and their families. My favorite pastime activities are traveling, tennis, and time at the beach.

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.

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 Yareli

I am excited to join the team of teachers at Gan Israel. I have been taking classes at Santa Rosa Junior College and I am working toward my Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. I live in Santa Rosa and have done elderly care for the last few years. I am originally from Mexico City and I am bilingual. In my spare time I enjoy getting together with family and friends. I play tennis on the weekends and love to get out in nature.


We accept 4Cs vouchers for qualifying families

Thu, March 30 2023 8 Nisan 5783