Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center

The Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel (FJECC) was established to meet the needs of young children and their families. We pride ourselves in offering innovative and cutting edge educational opportunities for our young students in a nurturing and safe environment, while preparing them for Kindergarten and 1st Grade.

We enroll children ages 1 year 9 months through 5 years of age amongst our five age-divided classrooms, including our Blue Room which is an accredited Kindergarten. Our teacher-to-student ratio is 1:3 in the toddler classroom and 1:6 in the preschool, where each classroom has two lead teachers, and a minimum of one additional assistant teacher per room.

Our Day

Our School Calendar generally follows the Public Schools of Brookline calendar from September through June. Our classroom day runs from 9:00am-1:00pm and includes children staying through parent-provided lunch. Click here to learn more about our curriculum, outdoor classroom, and enrichment programs

Our Early Morning program (8:00-9:00am) allows parents flexibility during drop-off time and offers a quiet social time, in the care of a teacher, for children from all of our preschool classrooms.  Various activities such as stories, drawing, puzzles and games are available on a daily basis, and children are brought to their classrooms at the end of the hour to join their peers. Beginning in fall of 2019, a pilot Toddler Early Morning option will be available on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Our Extended Day program (1:00-3:00pm) runs in three sessions during the school year; fall, winter and spring. Children begin Extended Day with outside time, followed by a rest period and then an hour of focused activity. During each session, there are a number of themed course offerings which parents can choose among for their children. Click here to learn more about our innovative Extended Day Programming

The Stay & Play late afternoon program (3:00-5:30pm) is available with sufficient demand to continue to give parents as much flexibility as possible.