Early childhood education is so much more than playtime for young children. Early Childhood Centers are places where children begin to develop who they are in relation to others; they are places where whole families grow and learn; they start a trajectory for the child and the family that takes them into new areas of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development and connection.
In its Center for Excellence in Early Childhood, BJE works with 65 Jewish Early Childhood Centers and countless Parent & Me programs across greater Los Angeles. BJE’s ever-evolving services include:
- The Bebe Feuerstein Simon Early Childhood Institute where hundreds of ECC teachers gather annually for a day of learning, skill building and professional growth with the last conference recently held March 6, 2017. The date of the upcoming conference has not been announced but it is held annually in February/March. Click here for the most recently registration materials which give you an indication of the materials covered.
- Early Childhood Directors Network, designed to provide directors with a place to share resources, receive professional support from peers and engage in high-level professional developments specifically designed for those running Jewish Early Childhood Centers.
- The First 36 Project, a program in partnership with the Simms/Mann Institute, to rethink the nature of Parent & Me programs in Jewish institutions and refine their ability to deepen and enhance the social and emotional development of the youngest children and their parents. Six BJE-affiliated early childhood centers are participating in the pilot project.