Needs and Responses

Early Childhood Education

Needs

While quarantines/social distancing are in place, they cannot operate at all. Distance learning cannot replace service. They cannot collect tuition/fees while not operating. Many are already reporting staff layoffs, and others will likely need to lay off or at least furlough staff until they can reopen.

When they do re-open, they may need to recruit new employees, if they have laid off existing ones. They may also need to recruit new students. Parents’ ability to pay tuition/fees will likely be impacted by economic downturn.

While quarantines/social distancing are in place, they cannot operate at all. Distance learning cannot replace service. They cannot collect tuition/fees while not operating. Many are already reporting staff layoffs, and others will likely need to lay off or at least furlough staff until they can reopen.

There is no dedicated national umbrella arm/agency supporting the Jewish early childhood education sector, although the sector may be addressed as part of the work of the national agencies supporting JCCs, day schools and synagogues. The Union for Reform Judaism and Jewish Community Center Association may be particularly well positioned to do this since in December 2019 they announced launch of a joint effort to strengthen Jewish early childhood education.

Responses

We have not received any information on funder activity in this sector yet, although it is possible that support for parent institutions, like day schools or JCCs, may also benefit the early childhood sector.

Resources

We Must Support Our JCCs in These Troubled Times

Description - Editorial

Source - The Jewish News of Northern California
June 25

Child Care and Early Education Providers Are in Crisis. How Are Funders Responding?

Description - News Article

Source - Inside Philanthropy
June 11

Where Does the Jewish Community Center Movement Go from Here?

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Insider
June 3

Introducing the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund

Introducing the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund

Source - JFN webinar
May 11

Resources for Jewish Early Childhood Educators

Description - Article with curated resources

Source - Union for Reform Judaism
March 19

Jewish Education Resource Page

Description - Curated resources

Source - Jewish Education Project

Resources for Quarantined Families

Source - PJ Library

Nonprofit Funding Proposals

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