The S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation has received a $1.9 million grant to further engage Jewish families with children in the Bay Area. The funds come from the Jim Joseph Foundation, which supports the education of young Jews in the United States. The Federation will use the funds, disbursed over 3½ years, to support three programs that are a part of its Early Childhood and Family Engagement Initiative.
To assist recruitment and retention of Jewish educators, the Federation will launch an internship program to attract 24 new preschool teachers. In addition, a program called “Reshet: Family Engagement Professionals” will bolster professional development. Additional grant monies will fund the Jewish Resource Specialists program, which brings education specialists into area preschools. The program will expand to five more schools around the Bay, for a total of 23. The Federation’s Early Childhood and Family Engagement Initiative is charged with connecting with Jewish families with community activities and attracting new teachers.