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24 months-5 years old
Part-time: 9am-1pm, Monday-Friday
Full-time: 7:30-6pm, Monday-Friday
Extended Day options available with Part-time enrollment
JCCNV's Early Childhood Learning Center is a licensed preschool and child care facility that provides a safe and loving environment for children two to five years old. Our program emphasizes joyful Jewish experiences and values, and a connection to community. Our school follows a Reggio Emilia-based philosophy and involves the children as an active part of their own learning and the direction it takes. Our nurturing Educators use a developmental approach to understanding children's abilities and enabling them to gain confidence and independence.
The Early Childhood Learning Center strives to help each child grow as an individual. We emphasize the development of self-confidence and a positive self-image. Our activities provide experiences to foster social skills and emotional maturity, as well as promote and strengthen cognitive and physical growth. Play is a child’s work. Play provides the opportunity for children to explore their world, find out how to get along with others, strengthen their muscles, try new activities, build self-confidence, and enhance self-esteem. Play is how the young child develops the necessary skills and social competencies that will be needed as he/she grows and matures.
Our teaching philosophy follows a Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy that is based on the following ideas:
Our philosophy involves an emergent curriculum that builds on the interests of the children. Topics of study are chosen through discussion/observations of children, community or family events, interests of the children, and Educator-directed provocations. The curriculum provides hands-on learning experiences, areas for children to experiment with the natural world, and real-life problem-solving with opportunities for creative thinking and exploring.
We consider creativity and learning part of the same process. When children actively and intently explore an object or an idea, they take part in creating their own knowledge. Educators serve as resources to, and researchers of, the learning process by asking thought-provoking questions, offering materials to explore, creating inviting classroom environments (the environment is thought of as the third teacher behind Educators and parents), and documenting the childrens' work for reflection and communication purposes.
An intregal part of the program is building a foundation for a positive Jewish identity. The JCCNV ECLC is participating in the JCCA Sheva Early Learning Framework. This Framework is a basis for the continued education of the children in our program which builds upon the foundations already in place through the Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy. Core principles include:
The ECLC is a year-round school and runs on a 10 or 12 month tuition schedule. Priority Registration for the 2017-2018 school year began December 19, 2016 and registration will open to the public on February 1, 2017. The first day of the 2017-2018 school year is August 28, 2017. Admissions are on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to download our 2017-2018 Registration Packet which includes policies, hours and pricing information.
For more information about the current 2016-2017 school year, please contact [email protected].
Please note: A JCCNV Family Membership is required for attendance and must begin at least 30 days prior to your child's first day in the program. Families interested in enrollment for the current school year are encouraged to schedule a visit by contacting [email protected], 703.537.3051.
Early Childhood Learning Center
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031
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