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Ganon Gil has been named a Universal Pre-K site by the Cuyahoga County’s InvestIn Children Program. We are the first Jewish Early Childhood Center in the Cleveland Community to receive this important distinction. Each candidate school went through a detailed application process and an on-site visit to assure that they meet the high standards and specific requirements of the program. Universal Pre-Kindergarten is a Cuyahoga County funded program that serves preschool children ages 3-5 years of age. Families who meet eligibility requirements below qualify to receive a scholarship of 33% on all of their tuition and daycare related charges.
Through this program Ganon Gil also receives a grant from the County to further enhance and sustain high quality
education standards and programming.
AN APPROXIMATION OF THE ELIGIBILITY SCALE FOR UPK SCHOLARSHIP:
Household size Family Income
2 (1 adult/1 child) …………$ 63,720.00
3 ……………………………. $80,360.00
4 ……………………………. $97,000.00
We are an accredited Ohio Wild School Site, a designation of the Division of Wildlife of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and The National Wildlife Foundation. We are the first Early Childhood Education Center in Cuyahoga County to be named a WILD School!
Though a year-long study on Ohio native flowers and butterflies, we created a sustainable Butterfly Habitat Garden. All of the plants start inside and the learning process is a large part of the science curriculum.
PJS & PALS
Ganon Gil Preschool of Tifereth Israel
A visitor to the Ganon Gil Preschool last year may have encountered a surprising sight. More than a dozen pajama-clad children were enjoying stories, snacks, and
crafts with their fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and other important male role models in their lives. The activity—PJs & Pals—aimed to promote a love of reading and to foster a warm, caring atmosphere at the school.
PJs and Pals was organized by the Dads Committee of the school’s Action Team for Partnerships (ATP) to reinforce the fact that children thrive when they spend quality time at school with male mentors. The committee’s plan supported three themes that are important at the school—building students’ literacy skills, being father friendly, and encouraging parent volunteers. The preschool ser ves children from 6 weeks to 5 years old to develop the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills that lead to success in school and out.
The preschool teachers were present throughout PJs and Pals to facilitate the activity and to get to know the dads and other adults who attended. They provided name tags and introduced the guests to each other to encourage conversations among the families. PJs and Pals was publicized via flyers, phone calls, and social media.
The focus on reading and crafts gave meaning to the gathering. In one room, half of the dad-child pairs worked together to decorate quilt squares. In another room, a dad read a story and everyone enjoyed a snack. During story time, children discussed illustrations, characters, and whether they liked or disliked the book. After 20 minutes, the groups switched rooms and activities.
PJs and Pals was positively reviewed. “I really enjoyed the evening,” said one dad, who noted that he did not often have a chance to spend time with his daughter and her friends at the school. Another dad echoed the sentiment. “What a great time we had last night!” he said. “My son really enjoyed showing me around school and I got to meet the other children in his class.” A teacher added, “It was a wonderful opportunity for the dads to meet each other and to socialize.”
The children in pajamas, making a quilt, and reading together created a cozy climate. The evening was documented in photos, which were made into a poster displayed at the school. Children and dads who could not attend had the opportunity to create quilt squares at home so that they would be part of the project. The ATP assembled the squares in a school family quilt. It represented the uniqueness of every family and the fact that all families were welcome at the school. The quilt was hung in a school hallway next to the school’s motto: ” We are more than just a preschool; we are a family.”
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