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Early Childhood and Parent Education

BJE’s Early Childhood Education Specialist, Carly Rosenstein, quickly adapted the March 16th Early Childhood Institute to a Zoom format to make it accessible and safe for the 400 registrants. Since then, she has been holding regular Zoom meetings of the Early Childhood Directors Network, and helping to facilitate collaboration between the directors in the group. She also created an online data bank of resources for families with young children to use at home during this time, housed on the BJE website with submissions from ECCs across the city.

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Early childhood education is, for many families, the beginning of their child's Jewish education. BJE works to ensure that the early childhood educational experience is of high quality and encourages families to continue their children’s Jewish educational journeys. BJE works with families to help them find the right early childhood experience for their child and works with Early Childhood Centers and Parent & Me programs directly to ensure that that experience is the best that it can be.

BJE’s early childhood and parent education efforts include a variety programs for parents, teachers, administrators and children.

JKidLA is BJE’s web resource, designed to provide one place for families to get a comprehensive listing of the countless formal and informal Jewish educational opportunities and resources in greater Los Angeles. A JKidLA concierge is also available to parents seeking more personal guidance about their children’s Jewish education options. Contact Rachel Kaplan at 323-761-8624. 

Parent & Me Voucher Program offers partial vouchers to help first-time enrollees in Jewish Parent & Me programs pay for such programs. Contact Rachel Kaplan at 323-761-8624. 

The First 36 Project is a program designed to help Parent & Me educators in Jewish schools deepen their knowledge and understanding of social and emotional development among children in their first three years of life.  Contact Leslie Silverstein at 323-761-8648 for additional information.

Professional Development opportunities for educators in Jewish early childhood programs are available throughout the year.   For information about the Bebe Feuerstein Simon Early Childhood Conference and the BJE Directors Network contact at Carly Rosenstein at 323-761-8623 for further information.   

BJE-Affiliated Early Childhood Centers with links to their websites by location.  Click here for a PDF list with contact information.

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