First Foundations Children’s Academy (September, 2019)

First Foundations Children’s Academy (September, 2019)

We are very excited to share great news regarding an innovative new Nursery program at Adath Israel Synagogue.

Starting in September, 2019, First Foundations Children’s Academy (FFCA) will begin operating its Pre-Nursery and Nursery programs at Adath Israel.

As background, First Foundations was founded by Alisa Daly in 2010.  It was first run out of 2 residential homes in 2010 and 2011 in Thornhill.  In 2012, they opened a 3000 square foot facility in Thornhill.  A second location was opened in the Cedarvale neighborhood at Beth Sholom Synagogue in Fall, 2017 and a year later, with renovations complete at the Shul, First Foundations unveiled its brand-new facility with 4 classrooms, a kitchen and offices.

Similar to the transformation with Beth Sholom, Adath Israel will partner with FFCA and completely renovate the current nursery space in the Adath Israel school wing.  FFCA will open their brand new state-of-the-art facility in September, 2019.

When asked to describe her program, Alisa shared, “FFCA is Jewish Preschool reinvented.  Our programs offer a meaningful and enjoyable introduction to Jewish learning.  We focus on positive communication, self-regulation and self-help and we use empathy to connect our students and guide behaviour.  Our programs focus on the overall well-being of the whole child including nutrition, physical movement and connectivity with nature. We are delighted to be joining the Adath Israel community”.

We welcome Alisa and First Foundations to their new home at Adath Israel with tremendous excitement about all the possibilities.

To get a sense of what the new facility at Adath Israel will look like, you may book a tour of the Cedarvale location by emailing or calling 416.266.8393.  Alisa has also provided an introductory video. Please click here to view.

For those parents whose kids who will be of pre-nursery or nursery age starting in September, 2019, registration for FFCA Armour Heights at Adath Israel is now open. Information, pricing packages and a link to the online registration is available at  And great news…members of Adath Israel receive a 10% discount.

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