By Michael Ben-Avie and Lisa Farber Miller As anyone who has done it knows, building a professional field is a long haul. The time and resources needed are immense. Initiatives and programs launched often are a mixture of successes and failures. Sometimes the greatest of efforts lead to mere incremental advancements. Jewish early childhood education (ECE) is no exception, as we both have experienced over decades of work. Three years ago, … [Read more...] about A Landmark Moment for the Field: Unveiling Standards of Excellence in Jewish ECE
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Over 250 directors, teachers, and leaders involved in early education and engagement from North America and Israel, came together for a national conference which focused on the theme, Advancing Early Childhood Education in the 21st Century. The conference was hosted by Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ). Attendees expanded their knowledge and strengthened their commitment to the key principles and the most current theories … [Read more...] about Early Childhood Educators hold Conference
By Rachel Raz Twenty-three years ago, my husband and I were in the delivery room of Belinson Hospital in Israel. In the waiting room were my: parents, brother and his wife, mother in-law, sister in-law, uncle and aunt. Even before I became a mother I knew that I would not be alone in this journey. I knew that I could count on my family to support, guide, nourish and love me and my growing family. Eight months later, I packed my belongings … [Read more...] about Who will Guide, Nourish and Love the Next Generation?
Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts - Monday December 12th and Tuesday December 13th. The theme this year is Nissim v’Nifla’ot, Miracles and Wonders. In addition to a rich offering of Miracles and Wonders sessions, this year’s conference includes a Directors’ Track, A Gisha (Access) Special Education Track, a Nature Track, and a Torah Godly Play … [Read more...] about Announcing Registration for Annual Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference
By Bill Robinson, PhD Claims: Jewish early childhood centers (and similar experiences) are the principal space through which families with young children will (re)discover as a community the profundity and joy of Jewish life. It is also the primary space in which these next generation families will craft the future contours of Jewish life in America. If we accept these claims, then the most vital question that lies before us is simply: How do … [Read more...] about A Simple Guide for a Complex Problem: Engaging Families with Young Children