Pre-Conference Tour B - San Antonio EC Visits January 16, 2019

Pre-Conference Tour B - San Antonio 

Private tours and learning sessions at three local early childhood programs, catered lunch, and a special private tour of the Holocaust Memorial Museum San Antonio.


Date: January 16

Time: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 per person (10% discount applied for current ECE-RJ members)

Transportation: Bus



TBD Bus picks up participants at the conference hotel
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 

Congregation Agudas Achim
Heintz Preschool

Taryn Bretado, Director

A tour of Heintz Preschool with Director Taryn Bretado



10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Chabad Center for Jewish Life and Learning
Gan Gani Preschool 

Rivkie, Block, Director


Rivkie Block will share her early childhood program, followed by a special learning session.

Heritage Begins In The Classroom

Finding the pivot point that drives learning, tolerance and personal growth. We look to our rich heritage as a jumping point and a common denominator. 


11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Barshop Jewish Community Center 
Block & Dreeben Preschool

Lisa Guerrero, Director 


Lisa Guerrero, Director of the Block & Dreeben Preschool will take us on a tour and share their journey to creating a natural learning environment for young children.

Exploring Natural Environments: The Who, What, and Why?

We are inspired by the values and philosophy of the early childhood programs of Reggio Emilia, Italy where the child is seen as a capable and competent learner and the environment is filled with beautiful natural materials which stimulate learning. We provide hands-on-experiences which promote creativity, discovery, exploration, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. By using natural colors, fabrics, wood, and low lightening we create a more home like and welcoming environment.  Take home new ideas for your classroom!

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Following the tours of 3 local early childhood programs we will enjoy a catered vegetarian lunch. (included)

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 pm

Holocaust Memorial Museum San Antonio

Ellen Ollervidez will lead a guided tour at the Holocaust Memorial Museum. The staff, community Survivors and volunteers understand the importance and embrace the responsibility of teaching, engaging, and connecting our community to Holocaust history. In the last year, over 12,400 students have visited the Museum where they learned about the roles and responsibilities of people, governments, and institutions in securing and preserving human rights. We hope you recognize the important social and civic lessons to be learned, and seize the opportunity to use information gained in this experience to expose your students to Holocaust history in order to expand their knowledge, increase their sensitivity to others and develop critical thinking skills.


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