I didn't realize how behind I was on updating the site, but much has happened since the last post in 2018. We launched the Parent Survey with 24 schools and with more than 1,000 responses! Over the late summer and early fall, schools received individual coaching from Veronica Maravankin. These conversations focused on how to report back to parents what we learned from the survey, and to start to take action based on the results. So far schools have adjusted the number of days they are closed, have created more time for face-to-face conversations between parents and directors, and have started to utilize new communication apps!
As a community we also identified some areas where we want to improve:
1) Helping parents of full day children feel more connected to the community and the school
2) Building the connections between Jewish early childhood and other Jewish opportunities ( camps, day schools, synagogues, etc.)
3) Overwhelmingly, our parents are really happy with their early childhood experience. How can we share this information far and wide?
We are gearing up to do another round of data collection in April of 2020, with hopefully more schools and more responses.
Lastly, if you haven't seen it already, check out the new and improved JUF early childhood site. It will help you find programs nearby, learn the benefits of Jewish early childhood and give you access to the Preschool Concierge!