This year's annual BJE Bebe Feuerstein Simon Early Childhood Institute, engaged 341 educators from 33 BJE-affiliated early childhood centers on the topic of: The Whole Child - Heart, Mind and Body.
Pat Levitt, Ph.D., Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics & WM Keck Provost Professor at USC presented the keynote address titled, "Why Early Matters For Brain and Child Development." Levitt emphasized child/adult interactions that promote the whole child, and how these create opportunities for children to develop more complex skills from the simple ones that emerge early on.
The day of learning also serves as a platform to recognize and honor exemplary early childhood educators. A Hearty Mazal Tov to our Smotrich Award winner, Gina Socher (Ilan Rimon ECC) and Lainer Award winners: Ronit Loloyan (Yeshiva Aharov Yaakov/Ohr Eliyahu ECC), Judy Kuperman (The David School/Ner Tamid Preschool), and Lisa Kirk (Temple Israel of Hollywood ECC), pictured below with BJE Executive Director, Dr. Gil Graff & BJE Board President, Dr. Alan Spiwak.