Past Conference Resources
2017 Chicago Conference
Thank you from the organizers
Dear Conference Participants,
Thank you so much for joining us for the 2017 ECE-RJ Conference ChicaGO: Advancing Early Childhood Education in the 21st Century. Without your participation, the conference would not have been the success that it was. It is our sincerest hope that you found the workshops and presentations informative and inspirational. We hope that you learned something new, talked and walked with someone new, thought of an idea that is new, and discovered something new about yourself. Together, our community of professionals will forge ahead discovering and creating new ways to advance early childhood education in the best interest of young children and their families.
Fern Katz, Vice President of Conferences and Biennials
Post-Conference Press Release
Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ) hosted their 17th national gathering in Chicago, March 1-4, 2017. Over 250 directors, teachers, and leaders involved in early education and engagement from North America and Israel attended the conference, which focused on the theme, Advancing Early Childhood Education in the 21st Century. Read more...
Diana Mendley Rauner's Keynote Address Slideshow Available
The slideshow that accompanied Diana Mendley Rauner's conference Keynote Address about "Organizational Conditions for Excellence" is available HERE.
Check out highlights from the 2017 Conference on Guidebook
Guidebook features including workshop materials, an attendee email list, workshop and full-conference evaluations are available until October 2017.
Check out the Virtual Ad Journal
CLICK HERE to view the Virtual Ad Journal celebrating conference participants, organizers, ECE educators, directors and administrators.
Share your conference photos and memories on social media
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Congratulations to the Conference Raffle Winner
Shelly Sender won $500 towards the 2018 Israel Trip fees (cannot be used for the non-refundable deposit) or $500 toward the 2019 ECE-RJ Conference Registration Fees (location TBD)
Conference Tzedakah Follow-Up
2017 ChicaGO! Conference Tzedakah Opportunities
“It’s In Our Hands”
As Jews we are commanded to engage in Tikkun Olam, Repair of the World. In order to fulfill this mitzvah, it is suggested that each conference participant make a contribution to our Conference ECE-RJ Tzedakah Fund. All monies collected will be equally dispersed to the organizations listed below. We encourage you to include your ECE families in this mitzvah and have provided a space on the registration form for your contribution.
$125 Donation made to: LOCAL CHICAGO AREA: Ounce of Prevention Fund – http://www.theounce.org
Since 1982, the Ounce of Prevention Fund has persistently pursued a single goal: that all American children—particularly those born into poverty—have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life. Last year, more than 4,000 children and families are directly serviced through birth-to-five programs and almost 3,000 early childhood professionals received training. In addition, The Ounce advocates for state and federal funding for early childhood services that reach hundreds of thousands of children across the country.
$125 Donation made to: ISRAEL: JNF Special In Uniform - http://special.org.il/en/special-in-uniform/about/
Special in Uniform is an innovative program that integrates youth with disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and assists in preparing them for careers following army service. Participants are accepted by the IDF to serve as fully fledged soldiers in a unique, specially designed, protective and helpful framework
2017 Chicago Conference
Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ) hosted their 17th national gathering in Chicago, March 1-4, 2017. Over 250 directors, teachers, and leaders involved in early education and engagement from North America and Israel attended the conference, which focused on the theme, Advancing Early Childhood Education in the 21st Century.
2013 Morrisville Conference