By Dawne Bear Novicoff and Seth Linden Retaining and training early childhood educators is a serious and major challenge, and funders are beginning to be creative about their investment models to increase professional development and compensation for these educators. The Jewish early childhood education (ECE) space faces a similar challenge, with high stakes as well. Nearly two years ago, we shared a report detailing the Jewish Resource … [Read more...] about Change that Lasts: Sharing the Continued Impact of the Jewish ECE JRS Initiative
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By Janet Harris and Denise Moyes-Schnur Ten years ago, the Early Childhood and Family Engagement (ECFE) Initiative (formerly known as Early Childhood Education Initiative) of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties (the Federation) identified an ambitious goal: to raise the raise the level of excellence of early childhood education (ECE) programs in our community and to engage more families … [Read more...] about Ten Years Later, A Model Changing the Landscape of Bay Area Jewish ECE
By Rachel Raz Birthright Israel, or Taglit in Hebrew, has made a lasting impact on hundreds of thousands of participants and their families since the program started in 1999. I saw how my daughter and her friends and college students from across the country were positively transformed and connected to the global Jewish People through Birthright. I also saw the lasting impression Birthright made on IDF soldiers matched with Birthright groups, … [Read more...] about Another Kind of Birthright
By Cathy Rolland, Mark Horowitz and Maxine Handelman If Jewish early childhood education (ECE) is all about engaging children in meaningful learning while helping them to figuratively (and sometimes literally) play nicely together in the sandbox, then BUILDing Jewish ECE has proven to be the ultimate sandbox. The national organizations Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), JCC Association of North America, and United Synagogue of Conservative … [Read more...] about Continuing to BUILD Jewish Early Childhood Education
By Rachel Raz Last year, over 200 people participated in the first national symposium of the Jewish Early Engagement Forum (JEEF) at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts. The Forum was created by the Early Childhood Institute of Hebrew College to serve as a platform where practitioners, foundations, federations, clergy, lay leaders and researchers can gather as equals to learn from one another about the significance, needs, challenges and … [Read more...] about Jewish Early Engagement Forum One Year Later: Dayenu? Is it Enough?