ECLC - Fairfax

Pozez JCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center is a licensed preschool and childcare facility that provides a safe and loving environment for children six weeks 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.

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Program Options

8am-5:30pm | Monday-Friday

INFANT/TODDLER PROGRAM
Children who are 6 weeks to 23 months are eligible for this program.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
Children who are 2, 3, or 4 years of age by September 30 are eligible for this program.

PROGRAM DATES
The ECLC is a year-round program which runs August-August each year.

Exact school year dates are determined based on the Fairfax County Public Schools calendar. The ECLC closes for one week prior to the new school year beginning, one week in December for winter break and for professional development days during the year. The ECLC is closed for select Jewish holidays and some secular holidays.

REGISTRATION: Open Registration began January 29, 2024.

 

Children as Constructivist Learners: 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

Early Childhood Educators as Professionals: Our Educators develop ahavat limud (love of learning) for themselves and their students

Families as Engaged Partners: Opportunities are provided throughout the year to build kehillah (community) between our families and staff

Discover Coordinated Approach to Childhood Health (CATCH): Emphasis on the Jewish value of sh’mirat ha’guf (taking care of our bodies) through nutrition and exercise

Israel as the Story of the Jewish People: Further learning about Israel to educate our students and their families about the story of the Jewish people

Environments as Inspiration for Inquiry: The concept of the environment as inspiration for inquiry — spaces are intentionally designed to encourage curiosity, intellectual engagement, and creativity

An integral part of the program is building a foundation for a positive Jewish identity. 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.

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