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Rachel Schwartz

Rachel is a Licensed Social Worker and the Early Childhood Program and Social Services Manager for JCC Chicago, where she has worked for 15 years in various capacities.  In her … Continued

Shira Ackerman Simchovitch

Shira Ackerman Simchovitch is currently the director of the early childhood department of the TALI Education Fund which provides Judaic enrichment in the Israeli non-religious school system. Prior to this … Continued

Caron Blanke

For the last 14 years, Caron has directly run and now supervises all JCC program departments that provide experiences for children under the age of 18, including the Early Childhood … Continued

Robin Brous

Robin has worked at the JCC for the past 23 years in Camping and Early Childhood. Robin holds a BA degree in Psychology and K-8 Teaching Certification from Muhlenberg College … Continued

Sandy Lanes

Sandy Lanes has been the curriculum director/pedagogista at the JCC of Greater Washington Preschool in Rockville, Maryland for 10 years, which she has helped to transform from a traditional preschool … Continued

Karina Zilberman

Karina Zilberman is the founder of Shababa at 92nd Street Y (92Y) in New York City, and a 2012 recipient of the Covenant Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. … Continued

Fretta Reitzes

Fretta Reitzes has been at the forefront of early childhood and parenting education for 35 years. Currently the director of the Goldman Center for Youth & Family and the Wonderplay … Continued

Meredith Englander Polsky

Meredith Englander Polsky co-founded Matan in 2000 and currently serves as Matan’s national director of institutes and training. Meredith has published articles in various print and online publications, including The … Continued

Judi Morosohk

Judi has overseen the Colorado Jewish ECE Initiative since 2008. The Initiative is focused on raising the quality of Jewish early childhood education in the community and more seamlessly weaving … Continued

Veronica Maravankin

In 2011, Veronica was selected by the JCC Association, along with six other early childhood directors, to serve in the Continental Early Childhood Director’s Advisory Council charged with redefining and … Continued