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Early Childhood Education Through a Jewish Lens
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Through a Jewish LensTwelve local Jewish early childhood educators from a wide range of Pittsburgh institutions attended a study seminar, Exploring Reggio through a Jewish Lens, in Italy in October.


Read about it in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle...


Jewish Federation Launches Marketing and Customer Service Seminars for Early Childhood Education Professionals
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Early Childhood Professional DevelopmentAs part of the Federation’s ongoing commitment to excellence in Jewish early childhood education, this week we launched a targeted professional development course to help early childhood education centers and their host institutions strengthen their knowledge and skills in recruitment and customer service practices. This four-part seminar with visiting marketing consultant, Julie Wassom, is being attended by ECE Directors, professional staff and lay leaders at each of our community’s nine Pittsburgh JECEI/Bonim Beyachad ECE centers.  This week’s sessions focus on strategies and tactics necessary to build a marketing program that draws qualified inquiries, along with practical, proven, low-cost marketing actions to increase qualified inquiries.

Early Childhood Professional DevelopmentJulie Wassom is the original developer of premier enrollment building marketing and sales training programs for the early care and education industry. Over the years, she has helped thousands of directors, managers, and owners reach their enrollment and revenue goals. She is an internationally-recognized authority on marketing child care services, has over 8,000 followers on Twitter, and travels the world working with early childhood professionals.

Looking for the Values We Have in Common to Build a Better Tomorrow
Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Reggio Emilia Conference for Early Childhood Educators 2017“No one in Reggio wants to teach others how to “do school.” What we seek to do rather is to try and deepen our understanding, together with others, of why it was possible in Reggio Emilia for an (educational) experience founded after the war, to grow and consolidate with time… What we want to do is look together for the values we might have in common, in order to build a better tomorrow.”

~Amelia Gambetti

While the Pittsburgh Reggio Cohort has safely returned home, our minds keep traveling. It will take time to reflect and to process but, these reflections will continue to lead us on our journey. The Seminar was powerful, thought-provoking, intense and filled with many moments of joy and wonder. Our luggage may be unpacked but, it will take some time to unpack our thoughts, questions and images.

Educators Reconnect with the Language of Music
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Reggio Emilia Conference for Early Childhood Educators 2017As part of Pittsburgh's continuing commitment to excellence in Jewish Early Childhood Education, in 2015 under the direction of Carolyn Linder, the Federation hosted The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children traveling exhibition from Reggio Emilia, Italy.

In conjunction with the exhibition's presence in our city, the 2015 summer North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) conference was also held in Pittsburgh.

They had the unique opportunity of re-connecting with both of the educators from Reggio Emilia who presented at the 2015 NAREA Conference in Pittsburgh. 

Reggio Emilia Conference for Early Childhood Educators 2017Fillipo Chieli, an atelierista, from the Preschools and Infant Toddler Centre Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia presented a powerful and rich research project to our group that focused on the language of music. And, they had an stimulating and candid conversation with Deanna Margini, pedagogista, from the Preschools and Infant Toddler Centre Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia. 

This unexpected re-connection made the seminar even more inspiring and meaningful.

Early Childhood Professionals Arrive in Italy
Monday, October 23, 2017

Our Pittsburgh Cohort has safely arrived in Italy and has joined 51 other Jewish early childhood educators from Boston, Chicago, District of Columbia, Israel and Maryland. 

To help frame our time together in Reggio Emilia, yesterday, we were given a walking tour of the city and learned more about its rich history by parent volunteers from Reggio Children.

This week our Study Group is meeting at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center in Reggio Emilia. Our Study Group program includes:

  • History of the Reggio Emilia educational project and projections toward the future
  • Visits to preschools and infant-toddler centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia Istituzione  
  • Presentations/seminars by pedagogistas, teachers, and atelieristas on the values and principles of the Reggio philosophy
  • Presentations of research projects carried out in the Reggio Emilia infant-toddler centers and preschools
  • Topics including: the image of the competent child; teachers as researchers; observation, interpretation and documentation; children with special rights; the role of the environment; and the pedagogy of listening


Reggio Emilia Conference for Early Childhood Educators 2017
Reggio Emilia Conference for Early Childhood Educators 2017



Reggio Emilia Conference for Early Childhood Educators 2017
Reggio Emilia Conference for Early Childhood Educators 2017
Early Childhood Professionals Prepare for Seminar in Italy
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Early Childhood ProfessionalsOn October 19th, a cohort of 12 Jewish early childhood professionals, led by Carolyn Linder, Federation’s Director of Early Childhood Education met to discuss their journey for a 10-day seminar in Italy, exploring the Reggio Emilia Approach through a Jewish Perspective. This unique experience will focus on the professional growth of the participants as they look at multiple ways of deepening their understanding of the pedagogy of the Reggio Approach and connecting it to the values and content of their own local Jewish Early Childhood programs.

The childhood professionals have partnered with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington on the seminar which has a total of 63 Jewish early childhood educators representing Boston, Chicago, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Israel.  

Local participation in the seminar was made possible thanks to the generous support of The Dr. Solomon and Sarah Goldberg Memorial Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh's Jewish Early Childhood Education is Growing
Monday, July 17, 2017

Carolyn Linder
Jewish Life and Learning's own Caroyln Linder writes in eJewishPhilanthropy about our ongoing work enhancing the quality and impact of Jewish early childhood education in Pittsburgh.

Read the full story in eJewishPhilanthropy.com


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