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Gan Chaya Early Childhood Center

647 South Saltair Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049

(310) 826-4453


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Gan Chaya Early Childhood Center is a place where young children discover creative and nurturing experiences. Our Preschool fosters a life-long quest and love for learning, building a strong foundation for social, emotional, academic, physical and spiritual growth. We pride ourselves in a loving, warm environment which makes the children feel that they are truly in a home away from home.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Reggio-Emilia

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Torah Values and Jewish Holidays and traditions.

From the Director:

Through developmentally and academically appropriate practice we work to implement the curriculum focusing on the social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional development of each child. The philosophy behind our curriculum is that children learn best by doing and playing and being inspired by developmental and academic opportunities. Learning requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work, and to learn first hand about the world in which we live. Children are given the opportunities to explore, using all their senses, and using real materials to try out their ideas about size, shape, color and the relationship that exists between things. By moving from the abstract to the concrete, play provides the foundation for academic learning.

Day in the Life

A Typical Day

Daily Schedules vary a bit from room to room, but generally, a day proceeds as follows:

9:00-9:15 Arrival, Greetings, Informal conversation.
9:15-9:50 Discovery time: Free choice among a variety of activities in the learning centers: literacy, reading, writing/listening, manipulatives, dramatic, cooking, science, music, etc.
9:50 - 10:00 Clean up
10:00-10:20 Circle time - morning songs to start the day
10:20-10:45 Snack Time and Conversation
10:45 - 11:15 Active play (indoors or outdoors) Use of equipment & games.
11:15:-11:25 Circle Time with music, stories and games to introduce the theme and its concepts.
11:25-11:45 Project time: opportunities for children to choose between 2 or 3 projects to further explore the theme and sharpen specific skills. Children who finish early have a chance to pull out our �??magic carpet activities�?? which provide them a chance to choose a transition game they can play on their own
11:45- 12:15 Washing hands, Lunch and Conversation.
12:10-12:25 Closing Activity; Finger play, Story Time, Dancing
12:25 - 12:30 Dismissal
1:15-2:00 Work/Play area. Small group project time with table activities and at learning centers.
2:00-2:20 Music/Movement/Creative Dramatics and/or Story time. Movement to music, dance, rhythm band, bean bag and parachute activities.
2:20-2:30 Discussion of the day�??s activities and planning for the next day. Preparation for dismissal and greeting parents.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on