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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May 3 - May 23
Multiple times available
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
The Pedagogista CoP meetings are exclusively for pedagogistas and atelieristas of local preschools, nursery schools and early childhood education centers. Please refer to emails regarding location and date changes. If you have questions regarding your eligibility for this community, please contact either Sharon Sherry, Director of Early Childhood Education at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington or Emily Mathae at emily.mathae@shalomdc.org.
Listed In:  Early Childhood Educators, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Career/Employment, Committee Meetings, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Leadership Development, Professional Development
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20

 
 
Mon
May
  14
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
B'nai Israel Congregational Annual Meeting
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Couples, Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Special Needs, Women & Girls, Teens, Early Childhood Educators, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Advocacy, Board/Executive Commitee, Committee Meetings, Governance/Board, History/Education, Israel, Networking, Politics, Professional Development, Social Events
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Tue
May
  22
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
3100 Military Rd NW, Washington DC 20015
After completing endless hours of classes and studying, the students of the 90 Hour Course and Child Development Associate (CDA) Course finally get to celebrate the completion of their class! Please contact Emily Mathae at emily.mathae@shalomdc.org for information.
Listed In:  Early Childhood Educators, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Career/Employment, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Leadership Development, Professional Development
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Wed
May
  23
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
The ECE Directors Council meetings are exclusively for Directors of local preschools, nursery schools and early childhood education centers. Most meetings take place at the Federation Conference Center, but we will occasionally have off-site meetings. Please refer to emails regarding location and date changes. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, please contact either Sharon S...
Listed In:  Early Childhood Educators, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Career/Employment, Committee Meetings, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Leadership Development, Professional Development
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Jun 1 - Jun 3
Multiple times available
 
Capital Camps & Retreat Center (Capital Camps )
12750 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro PA 17268
No parents allowed! Kids, bring your grandparents to camp for a wonderful weekend. Enjoy time away together celebrating Shabbat, making memories, having fun and growing closer to one another. Housing for Bubbie-Zadie Family Camp Weekend will be in Nesiya Lodge. All rooms include individually controlled air, two hotel quality queen size beds, linen and towel service, desk, phone, wireless internet, and in-room safe. Adjoining rooms are available for families of five or more. Food service is kos...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Women & Girls, Teens, Early Childhood Educators, DC, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting
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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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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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