Gan Ami Early Childhood
We believe that curious, confident people aren’t born, but grown through exploration, encouragement, and experience – and it takes a community to make that happen.
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Infants – K4 • More than a day care, more than a preschool, our Gan Ami early childhood education program helps children discover a joy of learning, starting at 6 weeks and carrying through to 4-year old kindergarten. Partnering with parents, we encourage individual development through shared experience. In this safe, inclusive environment, children can explore the Jewish values of respect, charity, kindness, and repairing the world, and celebrate Jewish tradition and culture among a diverse community of families.
Early Childhood Educators • If families are the soul of our program, our faculty is the heart. Their continued professional development enriches the classroom experience at every age. We make it a priority to attract and retain the best educators in order to provide families with the continuity of care and level of learning that they expect.
Find Your Center • As JCC members, Gan Ami families enjoy all the benefits of membership. Parents engage with our fitness center and classes, sports leagues, arts programs, and family events. At the JCC, the entire family makes friends for life.
Two Locations • We have schools in both Whitefish Bay and Mequon. Scroll down to learn what makes each school community unique.
2020 Updates • Gan Ami has learned so much since reopening our schools in June 2020. We are still inclusively Jewish, celebrating Shabbat, Havdalah and everyday moments with much joy and care, interacting with our music specialist via Zoom, enjoying outdoor physically distanced art experiences with our Art Specialist, saying blessings together, and noting God’s gifts to our natural world.
Our educators have rediscovered what exploration looks like for children, providing as many hands-on experiences as possible, preserving the learning and growth opportunities that we know children need to flourish.
We know our most important job is still cultivating relationships – between teachers and children, teachers and families, and the school and our community. While these relationships may look different behind a mask or through the lens of a computer, this strong and beautifully intimate connection is deeply felt and treasured by us all.
We are on a journey, a masa, in connection with one another. We know there will be uncertainty ahead. We will continue to provide high quality educational experiences in an inclusive Jewish way. We will continue to build relationships, becoming creative even with physical distance as an obstacle. We will belong together – as one Gan Ami family, our mishpacha.
Located in the Linda & Fred Wein Center in Mequon, 10813 N. Port Washington Road
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Located in the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC in Whitefish Bay, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
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Join us Beyond the Gan: an online, interactive virtual preschool program to bring the joy and magic of our school into your home.
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Accreditations • Gan Ami is rated by the State of Wisconsin as a Youngstar 5-star provider and has earned national accreditation from the Association for Early Learning Leaders’ National Accreditation Commission (NAC).
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Beyond Gan Ami, check out more ways for children and families to grow, learn, and play together at the J.
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Explore art, dance, gym, and sports in classes that are open to the community for both parents & children together as well as kids-only fun.Learn More »
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