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

Teachers Are our Building Blocks: Staffing in Jewish Early Childhood During COVID

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
September 23

Professional Talent in the Jewish Nonprofit Sector and Covid-19

Date and time - Thursday, October 1
12-1 pm ET (7-8 pm Israel)

Source - JFN webinar

Amid Layoffs and Funder Bailouts, the Jewish Nonprofit World Is Fearing 2021

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Insider
September 9

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Been Buffeting American Jewry for Months. What Lies Ahead?

Description - News Article

Source - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
September 1

New Data Reveals That With Support, Jewish Day Schools Thrive

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
September 1

Help Us Measure Jewish Giving During Covid

Help Us Measure Jewish Giving During Covid

What’s Going on in Jewish Education? Answers from Leaders in the Field

Description - Report

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
August 13

COVID-19 Is Imperiling the Jewish Day School

Description - Article

Source - Tablet
July 21

First-ever National Jewish Educator Census Underway

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
July 9

New Study Shows Promise of Jewish Early Care and Education for Greater and Long-Term Involvement in Jewish Life Among Families with Young Children

Description - News Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
July 7

Jew It at Home: A New Business Model for Jewish Institutions

Description - Article

Source - eJewish Philanthropy
July 2

What Covid Is Teaching Us About Jewish Education

Description - Op-Ed

Source - New York Jewish Week
June 29

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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