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In 2013, a Foundation Jewish Life initiative, MazelTot.org: Connecting Young Families to Jewish Life, was named one of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofit projects by The Slingshot Guide ’13-‘14, an annual compilation of the most inspiring and innovative Jewish organizations and programs in North America.
Under the auspices of the Colorado Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative Steering Committee, in 2008 nine early childhood education centers embarked upon a series of shifts in approach to the teaching, learning environment and integration of Jewish values into classrooms.
We spoke with Julie Shaffer, executive director of the Oreg Foundation, about the benefits of collaborative funding. Oreg is a long-time funding partner with Rose Community Foundation, having joined us in supporting several strategic initiatives.
The most important years of a child’s life – for building cognition, character and identity – are the first five. Since up to 85 percent of…