Early Childhood Education

The Macks Center for Jewish Education offers early childhood professional development programs that help Jewish schools enhance their quality by offering staff training, consultation, classroom observation, director coaching and more.

Our Early Childhood department provides many professional development opportunities throughout the year to support the educators in our Jewish preschools, and thus the thousands of children in their care and, by extension, their families and the greater community. Ongoing professional development courses and workshops include:

• 90 Hours Preschool certificate training (series began in March 2018)
• 45 Hours Infant-Toddler certificate training 
• SEFEL (Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning) series for teachers of infants/toddlers and of preschoolers 
• MSDE-approved workshops in the core areas of child development, curriculum, special needs, professionalism, community, and health, safety and nutrition - click here for our workshop schedule
• Workshops run by CJE professionals on topics such as Israel in the early childhood classroom, Jewish values, and disability awareness
• Camp Kef summer workshop series

• Save the date for our annual Spring conference: March 16, 2020

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. Learn more>>

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. Learn more>>

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

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CJE is an agency funded by THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. www.associated.org