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
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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?
By Susie Wexler, Nancy Manewith, Leanne Nathan, and Cherene Radis In a large metro area that offers families with young children many early childhood educational options, is collaboration among preschool directors possible? Can the leaders of these early childhood organizations view each other as collaborators and not as threats? As participants in the Chicago Early Engagement Leadership Initiative (CEELI), we’re proof the answer is … [Read more...] about Can Competitors Become Collaborators? These Chicago Educators are Proof They Can!
By Carolyn Linder Visitors to Pittsburgh are often surprised to discover that our city is bursting with bridges, a total of 446 to be exact. We are officially the city with the most bridges in the world, with even more than Venice, Italy. For many residents, the bridges represent the city’s historic ties with industrial production, engineering, and steel. For Pittsburgh’s Jewish community, the bridges serve as a metaphor for our ongoing work … [Read more...] about The Growth of Jewish Early Childhood Education in the City of Bridges
The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary, in partnership with the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School of Education, will launch a second Chicago-based cohort of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI) with renewed support from The Crown Family. This model program recently graduated a cohort of 17 Jewish early childhood educators. The program … [Read more...] about The Davidson School and the HUC-JIR School of Education Receive Grant to Renew Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Program in Chicago