Early childhood education lays the foundation for the rest of a child’s life. This critical learning time period is ripe with opportunity and the Macks Center for Jewish Education provides support to educators in order to help them maximize their impact.

In addition to an outstanding collection of books and materials for educators to use for research and learning, CJE offers a wide variety of professional development programming.

Maryland State Department of Education

CJE has a certificate of approval to offer a wide-variety of programs and opportunities for educators. CJE benefits from having skilled associate trainers in our system who can teach a variety of courses. We look forward to your participation in our offerings.

Early Childhood Educator Community of Practice (CoP)

CJE provides an annual CoP on select topics in educational leadership. Past CoPs have included “Art in the Early Years: Turning Your Classroom into an Atelier”, “Teaching Israel to Young Children” and more.

Early Childhood Conference

The annual early childhood educators conference offers educators CoK hours to study with their colleagues from across the many schools in the system. This past year, 320 educators attended the conference focusing on creating environments that help children, families and colleagues thrive. Save the date for our annual Spring conference: March 16, 2020

Israel Educators Community of Practice (CoP)

We believe that at the heart of engaging and meaningful Israel Education, are Israel Educators who are deeply knowledgeable, specifically skilled, and nuanced in their approach.  To that end we convene Israel educators several times a year to discuss complexity and struggle in teaching Israel while reinforcing the foundation of love and emotional attachment to it.  We also connect educators to a variety of Israel education professional development opportunities.

Maryland EXCELS (QRIS)

CJE works with schools to navigate the Maryland EXCELS program, a voluntary state program that recognizes excellence in child care centers and preschools.

Maryland Childcare Credential Program

The Maryland Childcare Credential Program recognizes child care providers who go beyond the requirements of State licensing and registration regulations. The program provides stipends of up to $1,000 per year plus full college tuition toward any level degree in early childhood education. Additionally, the credential program provides up to $400 per year toward other related professional development opportunities.

BCCCRC Partnership

CJE has a partnership with BCCCRC to provide ongoing workshops and opportunities for all early childhood educators who would like to attend trainings that are in the local area around CJE.

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Register for early childhood workshops hosted at the Center for Jewish Education, in partnership with the Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center (BCCCRC). Early childhood educators will learn, connect and collaborate with their colleagues in these engaging workshops. All workshops are MSDE-approved. Registration is through BCCCRC’s website.

More Than Twinkle, Twinkle: Using Music with Infants and Toddlers

Music and movement are fun ways to help infants and toddlers increase vocabulary and build muscle tone and social connections. This workshop explores the many ways in which music and movement for infants and toddlers can be incorporated into classroom as well as individualizing music and movement to meet the needs of individual children in your program.

Topic: 3 hours, Curriculum
Date: Wednesday, January 8
Time: 6:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.
Fee:    $25

Developmentally Appropriate Practices: Environments for Child Care Programs

This training will explore developmentally appropriate practices within the classroom environment and how these practices can be integrated throughout the classroom setting. Participants will learn how to plan activities that are engaging for all children in the different learning centers and how to enhance each learning center through the incorporation of a variety of materials.

Topic: 3 hours, Curriculum
Date: Wednesday, January 22
Time: 6:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.
Fee:    $25

LEGO ON: Building Your Preschooler One Colorful Block at a Time

This competent level training will provide fun strategies for participants to implement into their programs involving Legos across all learning domains. Participants will learn that Legos are not just for building objects but are for building essential skills that will help their children succeed. Pre-requisite knowledge and application of intentionally using play as the foundation for learning and development in all domains is required.

Topic: 3 hours, Curriculum
Date: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 6:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.
Fee:   $25

Nurturing Brain Development

In this workshop we will look at the science of infant brain development and focus on caring techniques that promote brain development, social emotional development and communication.

Topic: 3 hours, Child Development
Date: Wednesday, November 6
Time: 6:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.
Fee:   $25

Using Art to Heal Trauma

Giving children opportunities to express themselves through creative art activities enables them to process experiences that trouble them. Explore the impact of trauma on the developing brain and explore the benefits to children of open art centers and free expressive art.

Topic: 3 hours, Special Needs
Date: Wednesday, March 4
Time: 6:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.
Fee:   $25

Exploring Scientific Thinking and Inquiry with Children’s Literature

Literature is an ideal vehicle to help young children learn about the world and all that lives in it.  This workshop explores the many ways of creating a classroom environment that stimulates scientific thinking and inquiry through preparing fun science activities based on children’s literature.

Topic: 3 hours, Curriculum
Date: Wednesday, March 18
Time: 6:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.
Fee:    $25

Cultivating Creative Problem Solvers

Teachers lose valuable instruction time to time spent mediating conflicts between students. In this training participants will learn how to teach their young students to manage their emotions and resolve conflicts collaboratively with their peers. Participants will also practice appropriate responses to resolving conflict.

Topic: 3 hours, Child Development
Date: Wednesday, April 4
Time: 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
Fee:    $22

Success Over Stress: Gain Control of Your Life

Working full time, providing quality child care and managing your personal life can lead to large amounts of stress. Learn how to recognize and manage stress triggers and gain control of your life.

Topic: 3 hours, Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
Fee:    $25

For more information about CJE’s early childhood education services and programs, please contact Amian Frost Kelemer, akelemer@cjebaltimore.org or call 410-735-5007.

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