National Jewish Early Childhood Network
What is the Network?
The National Jewish Early Childhood Network (NJECN), established in 1977, is allied with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The membership is comprised of individuals who are interested in the unique needs of young Jewish children in an early childhood educational setting.
Who joins the Network?
What does the Network do?
The annual NJECN Conference is held on the Tuesday and Wednesday preceding the official opening of the NAEYC national conference. On Tuesday, visits are arranged to observe outstanding Jewish early childhood education centers in the host city, and hear from their Directors about the philosophies and practices they have chosen to implement. On Wednesday, expert speakers address the unique concerns facing the membership as they work for the healthy development of young Jewish children and their families. NJECN allows for so many opportunities to meet other early childhood professionals and share ideas because of the diverse geographical representation of members, and because the NAEYC conference is held in a different city each year. A varied, but unified support system has been created for resources, curriculum ideas, and philosophical approaches. In addition to the formal learning sessions, NJECN sponsors a Shabbat dinner and Havdalah service where a week of learning and a common bond are shared.
What will joining the Network mean to me?
Your membership in the Network gives you:
How can I join the Network?
To join the National Jewish Early Childhood Network, please complete the membership form. For questions about Network, contact NJECN Presidents, Patricia Nisenholz or Vicki Perler or Programming Vice Presidents Elaine Auerbach, Judy Fox-Tepper or Rachel Weber
. For questions about registration, contact Helaine Groeger, Program Administrator.