Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative
What is JECEI? A Unique Approach to Jewish Engagement
JECEI was founded in 2004 with a clear vision and mandate to increase the number of families sending their children to high quality Jewish early childhood schools and inspire them to become involved in Jewish life both during and long after the early childhood education experience ends.
Our whole school change approach was built on three key pillars:
- Quality Early Childhood Education : employing best practices, inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and offering excellent teacher training
- Family Engagement in Jewish Living and Learning : deep family participation in both daily activities and tailoring of program to individual communities
- Shared Leadership : Creation of collaborative relationships and deepening bonds among lay and professional leaders and families
Our model has been validated in peer-reviewed academic articles and by independent research. We have already put 6,000 families, 8,000 children and 1,000 teachers on a path toward excellence in Jewish early childhood education and family engagement. While JECEI is no longer staffed or playing a service provision role, our materials can assist you in creating centers of excellence in Jewish early childhood education.
How Can I Use this Site?
JECEI has uploaded its key research and documentation and created links to other Jewish ECE Resources.
The site is organized around the three pillars: 1.) quality Jewish early childhood education, 2.) Jewish living and learning by families and in the classroom and 3.) shared leadership, so that you can focus on strengthening any one of the areas and find information and documents that can help you employ JECEI strategies. There are additional sections including: "About Us " which includes the JECEI history, lenses, logic model, principles and, change model. Another is "Impact of JECEI Self-Study, Evaluation and Fund Development." These sections include the specific resources ranging from self study documents to surveys of educators and parents and a sample fund development proposal. Last, there is a Publications section, which contains the all of the JECEI documents on the Web site.
All JECEI materials are free, with no copyright restrictions (except those for which reprint permission must be obtained from the primary sources not JECEI documents); we simply ask that you attribute materials to JECEI when using. Here is what you will find in each section: