Jewish Resource Specialist, Early Childhood Education Initiative

September 6th, 2012

The Jewish Resource Specialist (JRS) program is a flagship professional development initiative of the Early Childhood Education Initiative (ECEI) of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. JRS is currently being piloted in five Bay Area preschools over a three-year period. JRS was designed to deepen the overall Jewish experience in Bay Area Early Childhood Jewish Education (ECJE) institutions and support parents in making Jewish choices for their families. Teachers in this new JRS position are compensated for 10 hours per week, in addition to their classroom responsibilities, in which they develop and implement Jewish family engagement at JRS schools; serve as in-house mentors of Jewish education and pedagogic content at JRS schools; and receive professional development and leadership training, focusing on Jewish learning and knowledge.

This report presents evaluation findings for the Jewish Resource Specialist Program (JRS) for the 2011–2012 pilot year, including key achievements and challenges. This evaluation assesses the JRS program overall—as a model—and not individual sites.

Jewish Resource Specialist Year 1 Evaluation
Jewish Resource Specialist Grant Information