Contacts for Parenting & Family

Family Services Department

Director
Amy Brinko
703.537.3039
Amy.Brinko@jccnv.org

Accounts Manager
Adi Eilat Crowley
703.537.3077
Adi.Crowley@jccnv.org

Early Childhood Services
Fairfax - JCCNV

Director
Amy Vermillion
703.537.3038
Amy.Vermillion@jccnv.org

Early Childhood Learning Center Director
Amit Hickman
703.537.3051
Amit.Hickman@jccnv.org

ECLC Program Coordinators
Laura Cooper
703.537.3065
Laura.Cooper@jccnv.org

Kelsey Lanza
703.537.3086
Kelsey.Lanza@jccnv.org

Jewish Values and
Culture Coordinator

Debbie Blonder
703.537.3067
Debbie.Blonder@jccnv.org

ECS Programming and
Events Coordinator

Juliana Quinteros-Mian
703.537.3016
Juliana.Quniteros@jccnv.org

Early Childhood Services
Alexandria - Beth El Hebrew Congregation

Director
Dina Backer
703.537.3084
Dina.Backer@jccnv.org

Early Childhood Learning Center Assistant Director
Ali Kerlin
703.537.3084
Alison.Kerlin@jccnv.org

School-Age Services & Camp Achva

School-Age Services Director
Joelle Kelenson
703.537.3091
Joelle.Kelenson@jccnv.org

School-Age Services Assistant Director
Jessica Vandell
703.537.3096
Jessica.Vandell@jccnv.org

School-Age Services Coordinator
Conor Dibble
703.537.3097
Conor.Dibble@jccnv.org

Camp Achva Director and Teen Community Liaison
Nori White
703.537.3041
Nori.White@jccnv.org

j.dance program

Director
Barri DeFrancisci
703.537.3037
Barri.DeFrancisci@jccnv.org

Dance Coordinator
Brenda Forsley
703.537.3057
Brenda.Forsley@jccnv.org

Community Engagement

Community Engagement Director
Laurie Albert
703.537.3064
Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org

Community Engagement Coordinator
Jennifer DeAngelis
703.537.3045
Jennifer.DeAngelis@jccnv.org

JCCNV Community Shlicha
Dana Kalishov
703.537.3034
Dana.Kalishov@jccnv.org

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Early Childhood Learning Center

The Early Childhood Learning Center promotes developmental growth through creative interaction between children and teachers within a warm, caring environment that’s based on Jewish values. Offered at two convenient locations — in Fairfax at the JCCNV, and in Alexandria at Beth El Hebrew Congregation.

Click below to learn more.

About the Early Childhood Learning Center

The Early Childhood Learning Center promotes developmental growth through creative interaction between children and teachers within a warm, caring environment that’s based on Jewish values. Offered at two convenient locations — in Fairfax at the JCCNV, and in Alexandria at Beth El Hebrew Congregation, highlights include:

JCCNV ECLC–Fairfax:

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

JCCNV ECLC–Alexandria:

  •  Licensed preschool
  • Licensed childcare from 18 months 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

2015–2016 Registration

Fall 2015 Priority Registration begins Monday, December 15 for members with children enrolled in the 2014–2015 program and their siblings. Priority Registration ends on Wednesday, December 31.

Registration opens to the public: Friday, January 2 (first come, first served). Applications will be made available in the beginning of December from any ECLC Administrator. Please note: JCCNV family membership is required for attendance. Membership applications must be submitted along with preschool applications.

Families interested in enrollment for the 2015–2016 school year are encouraged to attend an ECLC Information Session (see details and dates below):

ECLC Information Sessions

Begin at 9:30am on the following dates:

  • Friday, December 5
  • Monday, December 15
  • Friday, January 9

RSVP to Amit.Hickman@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3051
Parents are invited to visit the JCCNV Early Childhood Learning Center on any of the dates above for a presentation about the day-to-day activities at the ECLC, information about the Reggio Emilia inspired teaching philosophy, and for a tour of the classrooms.

The presentation will also include a Q&A session with members of the ECLC Administration Team. During the session, we’ll also show you around the J so you can see additional amenities you’ll enjoy with your family membership; these include our cycling studio, fitness area, dance studio, gymnasium, swimming pool, and Chaiken Auditorium.

Please contact an ECLC Administrator for individual tours for the 2014–2015 school year or for the Infant and Toddler Programs.

2014–2015 Registration

Limited Space is still available for the 2014–2015 School Year.

The Infant/Toddler Program continues to accept applications on a rolling basis.

Please note: JCCNV family membership is required for attendance. Membership applications must be submitted 30 days prior to start date.

 

Two-Year-Old Program

For children ages 24–36 months (by 9/30/14)

Monday–Friday, 9am–1pm

Parents may choose from the following options:

  • 2-days: Tuesday/Thursday
  • 3-days: Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • 5-days: Monday–Friday

 

Three- and Four-Year-Old Program

For children three years old by 9/30/14
For children four years old by 9/30/14

Monday–Friday, 9am–1pm

Parents may choose from the following options:

Three-year-olds

  • 3-days: Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • 5-days: Monday–Friday

Four-year-olds

  • 5-days only: Monday–Friday

Full- and Part-Time Extended Day Options

For children ages 2–5 years old by 9/30/2014

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*
Monday–Friday

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.