We love the hebrew phrase - V’shinantam L’vaneha—And you shall teach them unto your children - as it speaks to the Jewish value of our collective social justice work.
The Efshar Project exists to increase opportunities to nurture and strengthen high quality educational practices within Jewish early childhood settings in Colorado. Like all of you, the Efshar team believes this starts with having a great educator in every classroom that is proud to work in one of our 11 Jewish ECE centers or preschools partners. (Check out the great reporting right now that CPR is doing on the Workforce behind the Workforce about the challenges in ECE. See below in Worth Reading and Sharing for all the episodes).
As there continues to be an increasing need for qualified early childhood educators, we believe that the Efshar partner schools are a great testing ground for innovative solutions and we have the attention of great partners, including potential funders that are interested in supporting us. It's incredible to think that together, we serve almost 1000 children, 200 educators, 850 families and 25 school leaders, all from diverse backgrounds in our schools, making us one of the largest ECE communities in Colorado.
We are sending out a survey to get information from our ECE educators to help inform our funding strategy to address the common need for a strong, qualified workforce.
We will also be seeking your feedback as leaders and key partners. As a thank you, we will be doing one $50 gift card and two $25 Amazon gift card drawings for teachers that participate. We’d love you to encourage participation and will incentive you to get your teachers to help… more to come on that! We look forward to sharing this information with you. During our mid-year meetings, we will talk more about how you can participate in this exciting work ahead.