Ganon, Early Childhood Education Center


Center Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Ages: 3 months - 5 years of age

Meredith Liron , Director
Tamir Frankel, Director of Operations
Phone (650) 349-4911
email:  preschool_info@ptbe.org


Among the best known tales in Jewish folklore is that of a man who encounters an elderly gentleman carefully planting a young tender sapling on a spot along a sun drenched path. Seeing the aged farmer sweating and sighing as he went about his work, the young observer chuckled and proclaimed the man a fool for laboring over his task The young tree would never bear fruits in the senior's lifetime. The aged worker looked up long enough to explain that the fruits were for his grandchildren about to be born. It is in this spirit of community responsibility, and the binding of one generation to another, that Peninsula Temple Beth El opens our doors to our youngest members.

Judaism has always taken a special note in its children. To teach them diligently is among our highest priority. Ganon comes from the Hebrew word Gan which means garden. Our Infant, Toddler, and Pre-school programs have been established to provide a nurturing, secure, dependable environment for our tender blossoms..

The Ganon Child Development Center is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. We provide education and care for children ages 12 weeks through five years old (or kindergarten entry). We feature small classroom group sizes, a primary caregiver system of care, spacious outside areas and many different materials and areas for exploration.

Ganon faculty and staff are committed to offering a loving and enriching experience for your child and your family.  We provide a warm relationship based approach to the care and education of each child. Opportunities for learning and social development are presented daily at all age levels. Jewish learning is integrated throughout the curriculum and routines of the day. Shabbat is celebrated weekly as a community with clergy, as well as in the classroom community. Children engage in holiday celebrations throughout the year, including a Preschool Seder, meals in the sukkah, Chanukah family party and a festive Purim parade and celebration..

The educational approach at Ganon is based on the knowledge that children learn best through:

  • real world experiences and explorations
  • relationships with teachers and peers
  • intentional planned curriculum
  • individualized educational experience
  • careful observation
  • small group projects
  • parent partnership
  • goal setting

Ganon teaching faculty are experienced and educated in early childhood education. Ongoing professional development and education is offered to all faculty throughout the year. Each staff member is CPR and first aid certified. Faculty complete bi-annual developmental assessments on each child and meet with families to discuss their child's growth and set goals together.

PTBE temple members receive enrollment priority and a tuition discount. Ganon offers enrollment throughout the year, enrolling families directly off our wait list.

Personal tours of Ganon CDC are scheduled each morning. We will be happy to talk with you about availability, enrollment, program content, and answer any questions you may have. Please call or email us.

To set up a tour or for more information, please contact:

Meredith Liron , Director
Tamir Frankel, Director of Operations
Phone (650) 349-4911
email:  preschool_info@ptbe.org