Jewish Learning Venture believes that families raising young Jewish children across Greater Philadelphia must have access to educational opportunities of excellence, both in their Jewish and secular educational endeavors in the early years.
In order to ensure that families receive the best educational experience possible, we provide a selection of professional development opportunities for directors and teachers in early childhood centers, including the national program PJ Goes to School. Jewish Learning Venture is the only Jewish organization that provides accredited professional development to help schools earn their Keystone STARS.
why it matters
Jewish early childhood education centers must meet a number of important goals. First and foremost, they must provide educational excellence in order to prepare students for a lifetime of learning. Second, they must provide warm and inviting Jewish spaces where children build positive associations with their Jewish identities.
And third,Jewish early childhood centers must help families feel connected to and empowered by the Jewish community. In order to support our early childhood centers to meet and exceed these goals, Jewish Learning Venture offers:
PJ Goes to School. A companion program to PJ Library®, PJGtS offers a holistic approach to family engagement and Jewish education, triggering conversations about Jewish values in schools in the same way PJ Library inspires dialogue in the home.
Customized consultation. We work directly with directors of early childhood education centers to help them identify their areas of greatest need and customize our services to meet those needs onsite.
How You Can Help
Jewish early childhood educators need ongoing support to engage students and their families. You can help Jewish educators when you:
Your donation will make it possible to provide accredited workshops and consultation services for early childhood educators throughout the year, enabling the schools to earn their Keystone STARS. A donation of $36 will purchase materials for workshops, $750 will sponsor a congregation’s consultation project, and $5,000 will sponsor an educator conference.
Tell your school and synagogue leaders
Are the leaders of your school and congregation aware of the services available to your early childhood center through Jewish Learning Venture? Make sure they know about our events, customizable services, and the support we offer in disability inclusion, and stay informed with our email updates.
Are you looking for professional development opportunities? Our annual Yom Limmud Conferences provide accredited workshops on a variety of topics to support your work in the classroom. Jewish Learning Venture also brings workshops straight to schools to support your entire faculty.