Early Childhood Education

“Professional development is born when there is a willingness to say – I don’t know, to ask questions and to loan from the child’s knowledge” ~ Marina Mori (Educator, Reggio Emilia)

Early Childhood Education Professional Development Programs

The Jewish Federation’s department of Jewish Life and Learning strives to provide the highest quality of programs for our community’s youngest learners and their families. We offer a variety of professional development opportunities that focus on:

  • Increasing the knowledge and understanding of Jewish values, rituals, and practices of our early childhood educators
  • Deepening our knowledge of current pedagogy and how to bring it in a meaningful way to our classrooms
  • Increasing knowledge and understanding that leads to better supporting children and families in the areas of inclusion and diagnostic evaluations

Resources for Educators

  • Educational & Professional Development: As a professional in the field of Jewish education, your curriculum is multi-faceted and ever-evolving. Explore the various approaches to learning, resources and articles compiled by Federation’s team of educational experts.
  • Reggio Approach PowerPoint

Federation’s department of Jewish Life & Learning delivers high-quality educational training, professional development, teen engagement programming, inclusion and disability expertise, early childhood educational resources and adult learning opportunities.

Need information for items not included on this page?  Please contact us.

 

Upcoming Events
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Aug 17 - Aug 19
Multiple times available
 
Capital Camps & Retreat Center (Capital Camps )
12750 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro PA 17268
Celebrate the end of summer at Capital Camps. Before the chaos of the school year sets in, join with other camp families to swim, play and celebrate Shabbat. Enjoy quality time together, make new friends and new memories. Your family can choose to live in a cabin or an air-conditioned lodge room – all accommodations have private bathrooms. Our food service is kosher under kosher supervision, and chefs create delicious and nutritious options for everyone. Our air-conditioned dining hall is the ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Special Needs, Teens, Early Childhood Educators, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting
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Fri
Aug
  24
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 
Ms. Ellie Music (Adas Israel - shir a song location)
2825 Quebec Street NW, Washington DC 20008
Looking for something to do in the Fall with your little ones? Consider joining me for our 8th year (!) of Fall shir a song classes—early childhood music and movement classes designed for babies, toddlers, preschoolers accompanied by a parent or caregiver. We sing and dance to non-Jewish songs AND fun Shabbat and Jewish holiday songs, using finger plays, chants, percussion instruments, a variety of props, and dance and movement. Classes will be held on the following days and locations: Tuesday...
Listed In:  Families, Early Childhood Educators, Maryland, Non-denominational, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting
Event Cost:  more than $50; $210/sibling and friend discounts available

 
 
Fri
Sep
  7
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 
Ms. Ellie Music (Adas Israel - shir a song location)
2825 Quebec Street NW, Washington DC 20008
Looking for something to do in the Fall with your little ones? Consider joining me for our 8th year (!) of Fall shir a song classes—early childhood music and movement classes designed for babies, toddlers, preschoolers accompanied by a parent or caregiver. We sing and dance to non-Jewish songs AND fun Shabbat and Jewish holiday songs, using finger plays, chants, percussion instruments, a variety of props, and dance and movement. Classes will be held on the following days and locations: Tuesday...
Listed In:  Families, Early Childhood Educators, Maryland, Non-denominational, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting
Event Cost:  more than $50; $210/sibling and friend discounts available

 
 
Oct 24 - Oct 25
Multiple times available
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
12750 Buchanan Trail E, Waynesboro PA 17268
The ECE Directors Retreat is a two-day program specifically for school directors of the local preschools, nursery schools and early childhood centers. For more information on the content of this fun, enlightening and educational experience for preschool directors, please contact Sharon Sherry, the Director of Early Childhood Education at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington at sharon.sherry@shalomdc.org. Please contact Emily Mathae at emily.mathae@shalomdc.org for registration details.
Listed In:  Early Childhood Educators, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Career/Employment, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Leadership Development, Professional Development
Event Cost:  more than $50; Various

 
 
Thu
Dec
  13
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
The Early Childhood Educators Conference is attended by teachers and directors from all of the local preschools and nursery schools. Participants select and attend 2 sessions that help them grow and reflect. This year's theme is still to be determined, and will be announced no later than June 1st. If you are a teacher at a local preschool, please either contact your school director for more information. If you are a school director, please stay tuned for more information or contact Emily Matha...
Listed In:  Early Childhood Educators, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Professional Development
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