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Supporting Early Childhood Educators

Supporting Early Childhood Educators

The JECC supports Cleveland's Jewish early childhood programs (preschools, day care, etc.) in a variety of ways:

  • Associate and Bachelor degrees- the JECC covers tuition at specified colleges/universities, where possible in partnership with the State of Ohio's TEACH program.  For more information contact Cindy Bruder at cbruder@jecc.org 
  • Master level degrees or licenses - JECC provides tuition assistance as part of the community's Professional Growth Plan
  • Conferences- the JECC provides funding to attend conferences
  • Intensive courses or seminars- JECC provides tuition subsidies.
Professional learning opportunities
  • Arranges course that support both an educational program's goals and the State of Ohio's Step Up to Quality star rating system at no cost to teachers.  Completion stipends provided.
  • Biennial "Yom Iyyun" (day of learning) for teachers
  • Annual professional development for educational directors
  • Fingerprints: Discovering Jewish Life (a full year holiday-focused curriculum for weekday early childhood programs). 
  • JECC Outdoor and Nature Toolkit -focuses on ten values related to the out-of-doors that are interesting for young children to explore