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In Ridgefield, CT beginning September, 2015

 Back To School


Each morning during the school year, the driveway in front of the building at the Jewish Family Congregation Campus is buzzing with cars, purposeful parents, eager toddlers and happy faces ― everyone looking forward to another exciting and productive morning of learning, sharing, and growing with peers. This is the start of another school year at the JFC Early Childhood Center program, a preschool that has served young children for more than 15 years.

Children who attend the JFC encounter a quality developmental preschool program, engaging teachers and parents in developing the skills, values, and attitudes that help children grow to their fullest potential. The school promises a sense of community based on respect for others, cultivating a connection to Jewish values and tradition as well as welcoming families from all backgrounds.

The success of our school is attributed to the school's teachers and staff. Our teachers and staff really care about each child and take seriously the trust that parents have placed in us.. Just as their students do, the Preschool teachers are also continually learning. The Preschool faculty is characterized by stability and dedication. Most of the teachers have been with the school for more than five years, with some 15-year veterans on staff. Teachers participate enthusiastically in strengthening the school's educational experiences.'


The ECC is a developmental program with a play-based curriculum. We believe that play is the work of children. Through play, children explore the world and form connections and relationships between people and objects in their environment. These connections and relationships are the basis of more formal education and learning in the future.

This year we will introduce a weekly "community Shabbat". We will welcome young families to join us to sing and nosh on Friday mornings (11:30-12:00 pm).Rabbi Burstein will lead us in a Shabbat sing a long and we will offer a snack for all. Please check our calendar  for more information.

The goal of the JFC ECC is to provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for all our preschool children while recognizing and appreciating their individuality.
Parents interested in learning more about the preschool are encouraged to view our website and/or contact Jane Emmer at 914-763-3028 x 15.


Jane Emmer, Early Childhood Center director, has been an educator for over 25 years. Jane holds both a Bachelors and a Masters in Education. Prior to accepting the position as director of our ECC, Jane founded and directed South Salem Enrichment, where she still runs a private tutoring program and college counseling business.  Jane sat on the Board of the URJ camps Eisner and Crane Lake. She currently lives in South Salem and New York City with her husband, Stu.    She has been an active member of the JFC community for 20 years. Jane has two sons, Andrew and Matthew, and a step-daughter, Miranda.  


Read her blog here


Our Philosophy:

We believe that children deserve early childhood experiences that develop their multi-faceted potential and increase their love of learning. Mutual respect between teachers, children and families are hallmarks of our school.

Teachers build on the perceptual and cognitive powers of children. Experiences are provided that meet children's needs and stimulate learning in all developmental areas: physical, social, emotional and intellectual.

Each child is viewed as a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth and development. Different levels of ability, development and learning styles are expected, accepted and used to design appropriate activities.

Our nurturing environment is a great way to start your child's school experience.
Classes available for 2, 3, & 4-Year-Olds and Creation Station - a program for Parent/Caregiver and Child

For registration information and tours of our Center,

call: Jane Emmer, Director

914-763-3028 Ext. 15


Our Families

Strong and on-going parent/teacher communication is one of the keys to our success at ECC. Teachers have daily contact with parents at drop-off and pick –up and parents may request a meeting with teachers whenever necessary. The school communicates daily with families through an interactive website where families can see pictures and read about the day's activities.

An active parent/staff run Early Childhood Committee meets regularly to plan activities, celebrations and discuss topics/policies that impact the ECC.

Class parents play an active role in communicating with other parents to plan events, reach out to
families during life-cycle events, and organize activities outside of school.

For registration information and tours of our Center,

call: Jane Emmer, Director

914-763-3028 Ext. 15

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