Leonard & Madlyn Abramson ECEC

WELCOME TO MINDY SHUSTERMAN, NEW ECEC DIRECTOR               

Early Childhood Education has always been Mindy’s dream.  From the day she entered Kindergarten, at Pine Road Elementary School in Lower Moreland Township, she knew that becoming a teacher was her goal.  At the age of 11, she had her first babysitting job which led to years as a CIT, Jr. Counselor, and Counselor at Willow Grove Summer Day Camp.  Upon high school graduation, Mindy went on to study Early Childhood Education at Drexel University and Temple University receiving her Bachelor of Sciences in Early Childhood Education from Temple University.  Her dream was ready to become her reality.

Over the past 34 years Mindy has followed her dream blending Early Childhood Education with the love of Jewish values and traditions.  Mindy has held various positions, some of which were held simultaneously.  She has been a Pre-Kg teacher for 23 years, a Mommy-n-Me Facilitator for 5 years, a Religious/Hebrew School teacher for 12 years, an Assistant Director of a Religious School for 3 years, and a Pre-School Director for 3 years.  Dreams really can come true!

In her spare time, she even raised her family!  Mindy has two grown daughters, Aliyah and Arielle.  Mindy recently became a Mom-Mom to Sadie Willow the daughter of Aliyah and her husband Chris.  In 2007, Mindy reunited with her High School sweetheart, Michael, and her family grew to include Ashley & Dan, Michael Jr. & Jessica and their son Michael III.  Family, Jewish values/traditions and Education are truly the dreams that have come true for Mindy and being the ECEC Director of the Leonard & Madlyn Abramson Early Childhood Community is the natural next step for Mindy’s dreams.

 

 

VISION

The Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Early Childhood Education Community (ECEC)  at Tiferet Bet Israel is a nurturing, responsive learning community where childhood is recognized and celebrated as a unique period of life that impacts all future development.  Essential elements in this process include contributions of individuals, families, education professionals, synagogue leadership, and the wider community.

The program recognizes that children learn and develop best as they interact within a safe environment where they feel competent and affirmed, and within an environment that they helped to create.   

The ECEC promotes learning through relationships that help children feel secure and develop self respect, respect for others, cooperation and responsibility for the community.  The curriculum, infused with Jewish values, is based upon the best practices in the early childhood profession. The program goals include:

  •  Development of skills and attitudes that lead to success in school

  • Creation of a sense of community

  • Affirmation of the individual child and family

  • Development of a Jewish identity

  • Understanding of an individual’s responsibility and place in the larger community

The ECEC is an integral part of a larger community that encourages life-long learning for children, families, congregants, educational professionals, and the community at large.  


 

INCLUSIVITY & DIVERSITY

Tiferet Bet Israel and its ECEC are committed to shared values of diversity and inclusivity, not just for all of its members but for the community at large.  We welcome all people regardless of income, family arrangement, sexual identity, religious background, age, race, gender expression, or ability. We strive to make each congregant and community member feel comfortable and celebrated for who they are and all of their exceptionalities.  We will continue to cultivate diversity and inclusion opportunities within the TBI community so as to constantly improve everyone's experiences within our synagogue. Our goal is to always foster an environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and safe. Within our ECEC we also offer a Sensory space designed by our Diversity and Inclusivity team, which is comprised of members of various marginalized groups, family members of those in such groups, special educators, and therapists.  


 

CURRICULUM

Philosophy

The ECEC Curriculum is based on current knowledge and research of how children develop, grow, and learn.  Such knowledge provides the framework for incorporating the best and most appropriate practices in early childhood education, as well as the best ways to foster growth of spiritual and moral values inherent in Conservative Judaism.  Our early childhood curriculum serves as the foundation for secular and Jewish education and Jewish life for the years following those spent in our school. The program aligns with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.

Overall Goals:

    Judaic

  • To provide opportunities for each child to take part in an enriched Jewish life.

  • To promote the partnership between the school, home, and TBI, in order to strengthen families and integrate them into congregational life.

Social & Emotional

  • To develop a sense of self-esteem and exhibit a positive attitude toward life.

  • To promote skills of independence, self-confidence, self-control, & responsibility.

  • To recognize the intrinsic value of play and provide opportunities for cooperative, constructive, and creative play.

Intellectual

  • To provide opportunities for young children to be active participants in their own learning process, constructing their own best way to learn through varied and repeated experiences.

  • To provide a continuum of skills and experiences which meet the needs of individual students, as they grow & develop within a dynamic classroom setting.

  • To develop learning experiences, which engage the whole child - mind, body, and personality.

  • To enable the child to explore, discover, and exert creative effort in order to problem-solve and make sense of their world through logical thinking.

  • To acquire concepts and thinking leading to a fuller understanding of their world.

  • To expand verbal communication skills and build on beginning skills of reading, writing, and math.

  • To promote caring for and protection of our environment and the world around us.

    Physical

  • To enlarge the world for each child by teaching respect for and appreciation of each human being regardless of culture, gender identity, age, religion, race, and ability.

  • To promote gross and fine motor skills and apply the principles of learning through the senses.  

 

The Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Early Childhood Education Community is open five days a week for children 6wks-preK with both full and part-time options.