Developing tomorrow’s leaders in the field of JCC early childhood education.
As future leaders, we have been given the gift of time to explore our own personal Jewish journeys, allowing us not only to reflect from within, but also to create a vision of future Jewish growth for our institutions, communities, and early childhood centers.
When we surveyed the field of early childhood educators in JCCs, we quickly recognized that many of them were heading toward retirement. And yet, there are few qualified, experienced professionals available to take their place.
Sponsored by the Covenant Foundation in partnership with the JCC Association, the Sheva-Covenant Early Childhood Directors Institute fellowship serves to address this need and connect emerging learners and leaders in Jewish early childhood education to one another and to the tools and training they need to assume these future roles. The program offers a platform for study, discussion, and relationship building. We have already brought together our first group of fellows, 20 educators from across North America of diverse backgrounds, varied years of experience and in different positions at their JCCs.
As part of the three-year program, which includes in-person retreats, long-distance learning, and a study trip to Israel, fellows will work on a national director’s credential, Aim4Excellence, through the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University in Chicago.
Designs and implements the operation and administration of the Sheva Center. Works closely with the Center Director and JCC Early Learning Centers in promoting and sustaining high quality early childhood Jewish education. Facilitates and maintains Sheva online learning and resources, and acts as the initial point-of-contact for Sheva consultation requests.
Coordinates Discover CATCH: Early Childhood program. Certified as a Discover CATCH master trainer. Provides administrative and program support for Health and Wellness Services.