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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)

24 months-5 years old
9am-1pm, Monday-Friday

Extended Day and Full-time options available: 7:30am-6pm, Monday-Friday

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.


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, 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:

  • 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 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.

JCCA Sheva Early Learning Framework

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 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

The ECLC is a year-round school and runs on a 10 or 12 month tuition schedule. 2016-2017 registration is now open to the public and admissions are on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to download our 2016-2017 Registration Packet and Tuition information.

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 Amit.Hickman@jccnv.org, 703.537.3051. 

 

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

Children & Family

Contact Us

Fairfax: Infant-5 yrs

Infant Toddler, Preschool, Enrichment

For Inquiries

or email: 
amit.hickman@jccnv.org 

Alexandria: 16 months-4 yrs

Infant Toddler, Preschool, Enrichment

For Inquiries

or email: 
dina.backer@jccnv.org 

Grades K-10 

Before- & After-School Care (BASE), Enrichment, Camp

For Inquiries

or email:
jessica.wijas@jccnv.org 

j.dance program

Children-Adult Dance Classes

For Inquiries

or email: 
barri.defrancisci@jccnv.org   

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