Beth El Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC)

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Beth El Hebrew Congregation, in collaboration with The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, is pleased to offer a Jewish preschool program with extended child care. The preschool is located onsite at Beth El. 

little girl paintingWe strive 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 strengthen cognitive and physical growth.

Our Philosophy


Our teaching follows a Reggio Emelia 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 for creative thinking and exploration

The philosophy involves an emergent curriculum that builds on the interests of the children. Topics of study are chose though discussions/observations of the children, community or family events, interest of 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 and exploration.

two little kids playing with wooden menorahOur teaching philosophy is designed with children's needs in mind. There is enough flexibility in the curriculum that the teacher can adjust the daily activities to meet the needs and interests of each child. Sensory, motor, perceptual and language skills are introduces through materials and activities that are child centered and play based. Activities are planned to emphasize the process rather than the product, instilling a sense of personal accomplishment and pride. 

An integral part of the program is building a foundation for a positive Jewish identity. This is accomplished by observing Jewish holidays through song, creative movement, cooking and crafts as well as reciting blessings in Hebrew. 

NEW THIS YEAR: Our ECLC program will be moving to a year round model to better serve our families in a Reggio Emilia way!

 

ECLC Programs


Download 2017-2018 ECLC Registration Packet (pdf)

Toddler Program

Children who are between 16 months to 23 months are eligible for this program. This program is full-time only (Monday–Friday, 7:30am–6pm).  Children who will be 2 by September 30, 2016 will be placed in the 2s program.

Preschool Program

Part Time:     Children must be 2, 3, or 4 years of age by September 30, 2016. The preschool program is 5 days per week (Monday through Friday) from 9am–1pm. Parents have the option to extend their child’s day with early morning, early afternoon, or late afternoon care.

 Full Time:     Children must be 2, 3, or 4 years of age by September 30, 2016. The preschool program is 5 days per week (Monday through Friday) and we are open from 7:30am-6pm.  Full time students also benefit from winter break camp and Spring Break Camp.

For additional information or to schedule a tour, please contact: Dina Backer, JCCNV-Beth El  Director, 703 537 3084.

Registration for School beginning in September opens to new families in February on a first come first serve basis, with member fees for those who are Beth El Congregants or JCCNV members. 

Did You Know...?

MAJYK 2017 is coming to Beth El?  

The Mid-Atlantic Jr. Youth Kallah will be hosted by Beth El on December 15-17 to experience a taste of NFTY and learn about its traditions and lingo.  In order to make this a success we need to find host families for 150-200 middle schoolers.  Please contact our Youth Advisors, Nori and Marissa, to become a host family!

 

Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?

With seed money from Cantor Jason Kaufman's concert, the JCCNV was able to start a fund with all proceeds going towards a new playground for the preschool.  If you would like to donate towards this very worthy project, simply send your donations to Beth El Hebrew Congregation and notate "Playground."  If you donate on line, the playground fund is first on the list!

 

Lifelong Learning

Wednesdays during the school year @ 7:00 PM
See calendar for exact dates and subjects

 

ALIVE!

For more information about ALIVE! go to alive-inc.org.

 

Beth El House

For more information go to https://www.bethelhebrew.org/community/beth-el-house

Beth El House enables formerly homeless families to work toward self-sufficiency and confidence.

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Upcoming Events

 

Wednesday, October 18

7:00 PM

Life Long Learning

Seth Kibel

 

Sunday, October 22

10:15 AM

Inclusion Meeting


Tuesday, October 24 & Wednesday, October 25

10:00 AM

Book Sorting

 

Wednesday, October 25

6:00 PM **DURING RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Book Sorting

 

Sunday, October 29

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

WRJ/Brandeis BOOK & AUTHOR EVENT

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Saturday, December 2

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Cantor's Concert "Songs to Change the World"

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There are activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El each week, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

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