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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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Adas Israel Congregation (Community Mikvah @ Adas Israel )
11301 Neelsville Church Road , Germantown MD 20876
Join Rabbi Sarah Tasman and Naomi Malka for a retreat and professional development training on Creating Rituals for Life Transitions. Learn about different elements of ritual creation, how to fill your "spiritual toolbox" for creating new rituals, and consider the big or small milestones for which new rituals might be created. Participants will also receive guidance on creating their own ritual during this retreat. For clergy, ritual facilitators, lay leaders, mikvah guides, Jewish professional...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Early Childhood Educators, Maryland, Adult Education, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Arts & Culture, Leadership Development, Professional Development
Event Cost:  more than $50; $72-$120

8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Temple Rodef Shalom Blood Drive by Inova Blood Services Sponsored by Women of TRS May 19 Sun 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM in the Social Hall Your blood donation is urgently needed to help save the life of a neighbor. It's a mitzvah. Donating blood at Temple Rodef Shalom is fun and delicious because of the wonderful TRS members you meet and the generous donated snacks. Donors, age 16 and above are needed. Please make your life-saving appointment now and allow an hour for your donation.. CONTACT: Nancy...
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Event Cost:  Free; Free

Nov 6 - Nov 10
Multiple times available
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (Bender JCC: Gildenhorn/Speisman Center for the Arts)
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Coming soon
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