Jewish Early Childhood Education

How can Jewish early childhood education serve as a gateway for greater and long-term involvement in Jewish life?

Supported by a grant from the The Crown Family, CASJE held a Problem Formulation Convening on Jewish Early Childhood Educational Leadership in May 2015. CASJE currently is overseeing a new research program, also funded by The Crown Family, to further explore how Jewish early childhood education can serve as a gateway for greater and long-term involvement in Jewish life. 

The three-year research program will focus especially on better understanding opportunities around interfaith families and families that are not currently involved in a synagogue or other Jewish institution. We hope that over time, a series of studies that are integrated and replicated can inform the development, training, practice improvement efforts, and impact of Jewish educational leaders and leadership in Jewish early childhood educational settings.

Thanks very much for including me in CASJE’s work on [Early Childhood Education]. I learned a lot and am excited to hear more about what you conclude. It was great to apply my work [in Early Childhood Education] in a creative new way and I found the meeting to be stimulating and very well-run, using the learning engagement practices we all know about but seldom seem to use in these settings.

Melissa Litwin, Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation

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