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.

Summer 2021 Trainings

Brunch Bunch: Nature Based Learning
Sunday, July 25
Topic: The rhythm of the Jewish year, Tishrei edition
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Loved the conference? Continue your nature-based learning journey, this time in person! Explore, create, and discover with fellow Early Childhood Educators and enjoy a Sunday morning brunch while you are at it.
Cost: $20 per session (includes brunch)
>> Register here

Conscious Discipline CoP Launch
Tuesday, July 13
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Do you have a safe place in your classroom? Have you tried out greeting choices to start off the day? Do you wish well or implement a brain smart start? If any of those sound familiar, then you have probably come across Conscious Discipline. Conscious Discipline is a trauma-informed, adult-first methodology that integrates social-emotional learning, school culture, and discipline in order to create a collaborative learning community. Join the growing number of educators who are changing their lives and their classrooms by understanding brain states, developing the 7 powers for conscious adults, creating a school family, and helping children develop the 7 discipline skills. Join a community of educators who are learning about conscious discipline and supporting each other in-classroom implementation.

Participants will take part in a 10-Session online course Conscious Discipline: Building Resilient Schools and Homes that will guide you through the core methodology of Conscious Discipline. In addition to the asynchronous online course, the community of practice will meet during the summer and then monthly to reflect on each course session and find support in implementation. The CoP kicks off with an in-person 3/4 day training that includes hands-on workshops, interactive learning, online course introduction, and lunch!”
Cost: $150 (includes lunch & yearlong CoP)
Group discounts available for educators from the same school who participate together
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Rhythm of the Jewish Year Series
Thursday, July 8; 7:00-9:00 PM on Zoom
Topic: Background & Big Ideas
Instructor: Amian Kelemer
Do you teach Jewish holidays but are not always sure what to teach? Could you use a crash course in holiday history, practices, and vocabulary? This class is for you! Zoom in to learn the details, zoom out to get the bigger picture, and walk away with reference tools to support you throughout the year.
Cost: $10
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Thursday, July 15; 1:00-3:00 PM or 7:00-9:00 PM
Topic: Planning the Unit with Children’s Interests in Mind
Instructor: Melissa Lebowitz
How do you combine emergent learning and a Jewish calendar? Can you learn about holidays and still incorporate children’s interests? Learn how to bring together the best of both worlds in your planning and in your classroom
Cost: $10
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Thursday, July 22; 1:00-3:00 PM or 7:00-9:00 PM
Topic: Holidays & the 100 Languages
Instructor: Chanie Feldman
If a child learns in school and no craft comes home, have they really learned? Discover ways to share learning that offers all children a voice and goes way beyond scissors and glue.
Cost: $10
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Thursday, July 29; 1:00-3:00 PM
Topic: Process Based Art & Heirloom Projects
Instructor: Stephanie Ziman
But they really HAVE to bring something home for their table. Learn how to create art experiences that offer children the opportunity to express their thinking. Design heirloom projects that outlast 1 holiday and will become a part of family traditions.
Cost: $15
>> Register here

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.

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. In 2019, 320 educators attended the conference focusing on creating environments that help children, families and colleagues thrive.

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.

Learn More


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.

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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