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Children In Migrant Detention Centers

I want to share with you a topic that I am passionate about, the children in migrant detention centers. As someone who spends every day with young children, watching on the news what is occurring just breaks my heart. [Read more


New Survey To Help With Attracting Quality Directors, Assistant Directors, and Teachers

I am thrilled to announce that we have just embarked on a salary and benefits survey for all early childhood Directors, Assistant Directors, Education Directors and Teachers in the Reform Movement. A survey link is being sent out to Directors, and a separate link in being provided for the Directors to share with their staff.​ [Read more]


Parents Have Learning Styles, Too

A quality early childhood program values daily interaction with parents. We know how important it is to connect with the families and caregivers of the children in our programs because we realize that when we partner with parents, wonderful things happen.  However, we have all experienced the parent or caregiver who is unhappy or questions us about everything. [Read more]


The Ketanim Manifesto

One teacher uses a manifesto to share how she feels about her classroom and her “babies”. It was written for her team, substitutes, parents and anyone else who comes into the room. [Read more].


Help with Filling ECE Director, Assistant Director and Teaching Positions

Did you know that there is a FREE membership available for URJ Congregations during your placement process? I didn’t think so! [Read more]


The life of a Director in an ECC is never dull!

"Um, Dale...I don't know how to tell you this, but there's poop in the urinal."

That was the statement that broke my concentration last week. After we stopped laughing and wondering how it could possibly have gotten there, I reached under my desk for the box of gloves that’s always there.

This month's Tales of Glamour and Glue was submitted by Dale Cooperman. If you would like to share an interesting or funny short anecdote of your own, please submit it to Amy Damast at


Early-bird registration opens mid, to late September 2019

Mark your calendar for the 2020 ECE-RJ Kallah. You are not going to want to miss it. Early-bird registration opens mid, to late, September 2019.
Join the more than 150 teachers, directors, lay-leaders, and others with an interest in early childhood programs associated with a Jewish organization in St. Louis, MO from February 19 through February 22, 2020.
An intentional learning environment is one that fosters activity and feedback and creates a culture that encourages metacognition, that is one in which the learner becomes aware of his/her learning process. Teachers and directors can learn to create environments suited for intentional learning and develop a reflective practice. Curriculum can be used as a blueprint to organize, plan, and create meaningful activities and experiences. [Read more]


August 2019

Sacred Partners in Congregational Education Webinar
Date: Aug 27th, 2019
Time: 1:00pm - 2:15pm EDT

Click here for the full ECE-RJ calendar.


Membership Dues 2019-2020

Did you know that this year marks the 20th year of ECE-RJ?  In honor of this auspicious occasion, we are launching an EXCITING promotion to help you engage your staff and your community with our ECE-RJ community!

  • NEW!  A special network just for Assistant Directors!  For only $180 for the year, you can join your Assistant Director in ECE-RJ
  • REVISED!  Join your ENTIRE faculty for only $120 for the year.  Whether you have 3 teachers or 30 teachers – this is an amazing opportunity to give your teachers the gift of ECE-RJ

Have questions?  Reach out to our VP of Membership, Lisa Samick at  

ECE-RJ Unite is proud to feature articles written by ECE-RJ members and members of our larger early childhood community. The content is designed to educate and inform members. Publication of an article does not imply endorsement of a product or position. For information on article submission, contact Amy Damast at
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