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 2018-2019 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, 2018 will be placed in the 2s program.

Preschool Program

Part Time:     Children must be 2, 3, or 4 years of age by September 30, 2018. 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, 2018. 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...?

We Are Hiring

As we approach our 160th year, Beth El is seizing an opportunity to launch a sustainable, successful, sophisticated system of communications and congregational relations which elevates the member experience.

 Are you a collaborative team player? Do you have a disciplined work ethic, detail-oriented professional skills, excellent communication abilities – both written and verbal, and proficiency with Microsoft Office, social media, basic graphic design, and databases? Are you known for your keen emotional intelligence and a sense of humor? Do you feel the desire to be a part of something special? If so, you may be the right person for Beth El’s newly created position of Communications and Congregational Relations Coordinator.

 A successful candidate for this role will have an affinity for community, communication, and connection. They will undertake a unique opportunity: creating, integrating, and sustaining a structure which reflects Beth El’s voice, and interacting meaningfully with our constituency by overseeing vital aspects of congregational life. 

Salary will be commensurate with experience for this full-time position (requiring 38 hours per week).
If you believe you’re the right fit for this role, please send us your resume and a cover letter explaining your background, why you believe you are the ideal candidate for the position, and your salary expectations to Beth El’s executive director, Adam Wallach: [email protected].

Click here for the full job description

 

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Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?

Beth El is getting a new playground!  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.

Upcoming Events

                                                            November 16, 2018, 6:30PM

                                                                              Community Shabbat Dinner

                                                                                                                             

       November 22th & 23th

       BUILDING CLOSED

 

Please sign up for Ushering at Beth El for Friday Night Services 

This is a great opportunity to see and meet fellow congregants.Please use the link below to sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4bafab22a57-ushering1 

 

Important Shabbat Updates!   

* Beginning on September 7th, Shabbat services start

at 7:30 PM  

                                            


 

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.

the full calendar