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Child Care Center and Preschool in Fairfax, VA - JCCNV ECLC–Fairfax

Early Childhood Learning Center - Preschool - Fairfax, VA

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About the Early Childhood Learning Center

(JCCNV ECLC – Preschool – Fairfax, VA)

The Early Childhood Learning Center is an early childhood education center located in Fairfax, VA at the JCCNV. Sometimes referred to by our families as a pre kindergarten, pre k, toddler school, junior kindergarten or kindergarten prep school, essentially we are a private preschool and child care center that offers both full day preschool programs and all day child care. We promote developmental growth through creative interaction between children and teachers within a warm, caring environment that’s based on Jewish values. Highlights include:

  • Licensed preschool
  • Licensed childcare from 6 weeks to 4 years old
  • Licensed camp program

Our Philosophy of Learning

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 and to 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.

The primary goal of our Infant/Toddler Program is to provide each child with the best of care in a clean and nurturing environment. Our staff works to encourage each child in every stage of his or her social and emotional growth, as well as to support and strengthen language and cognitive development. The daily routine is set up to provide stimulating experiences for children to learn and explore their environment through their own curiosity.

Our teaching philosophy follows a Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy that is based on the following ideas:

  • Children have a say over the direction of their learning
  • Children are able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing and hearing
  • Children have a relationship with other children and material items to explore
  • Children have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves

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 teacher-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.

JCCA Sheva Early Learning Framework

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 the ECLC. It builds upon the foundations already in place through the Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy. Core principles include:

  • The value of children as constructivist learners including the concept of kavod (respect) for each child’s ability to think for himself/herself
  • Early childhood directors as visionaries — our professional staff has the chochma (wisdom) to make sound decisions for their population
  • The importance of early childhood educators as professionals — through learning communities and attending conferences and workshops, our educators develop ahavat limud (a love of learning) for themselves and their students
  • A focus on families as engaged partners — opportunities are provided throughout the year to build kehillah (community) between our families and staff
  • The concept of the environment as inspiration for inquiry — spaces are intentionally designed to encourage curiosity, intellectual engagement, and creativity
  • Emphasis on the Jewish value of sh’mirat ha’guf (taking care of our bodies) through nutrition and exercise
  • Further learning about Israel to educate our students and their families about the story of the Jewish people

2016–2017 Registration

Fall 2016 Priority Registration begins Monday, December 14 for members with children enrolled in the 2015–2016 program and their siblings. Priority Registration ends on Thursday, December 31.

Registration opens to the public on Monday, January 4 (first come, first served).
Applications will be made available at the beginning of December from any ECLC Administrator and on the J’s website at If you wish to have the 2016–2017 registration form emailed directly to you when it becomes available, please email

Please note: JCCNV family membership is required for attendance. Membership applications must be submitted along with preschool applications. Families interested in enrollment for the current 2015–2016 school year are encouraged
to schedule a visit by contacting, 703.537.3051. 

Please contact an ECLC Administrator for individual tours.

Two-Year-Old Program

For children ages 24–36 months by 9/30
Monday–Friday, 9am–1pm

Three- and Four-Year-Old Program

For children three years old by 9/30
For children four years old by 9/30

Monday–Friday, 9am–1pm

Full- and Part-Time Extended Day Options

For children ages 2–5 years old by 9/30

The Extended Day Program complements the morning preschool program and provides children with a warm, caring and safe environment. Children participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities in a positive setting, orchestrated by a creative and qualified staff.

Extended Day Options*

Early Morning Extended Day: 7:30am–9am
Early Afternoon Extended Day: 1pm–4pm
Late Afternoon Extended Day: 1pm–6pm

*Child must be enrolled in a 9am–1pm program. Two-day minimum required.

Early Childhood Learning Center
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: 703.537.3051

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Fairfax: Infant-5 yrs

Infant Toddler, Preschool, Enrichment

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