The NextGen Jewish ECE Internship Program

Creating the next generation of Jewish Early Childhood Educators 

Generously funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Federation, the The NextGen Jewish Early Childhood Education (ECE) Internship is an extensive onboarding program for 24 new Jewish educators over the next three years. The central goals of the Internship are to 1) establish best practices in Jewish early childhood education and family engagement for parents and children and 2) to create an effective process for the next generation of Jewish educators.

How it works

This program is a one-year internship at selected sites with eight interns per year. Sites that participate in the initial year of the program are also eligible to apply for years 2 and 3 with a new intern each year.

Each of the participating schools will identify a mentor for their intern (preferably a Jewish Resource Specialist (JRS) alumni) from their pool of educators. The mentor will work an additional 3 hours per week with the intern. Both the intern and mentor will be supported by the Early Family Engagement Initiative’s associate director in monthly meetings at the preschools’ site, regular mentoring conversations, an orientation program for the intern cohort and a series of Community of Practice (CoP) for both the mentor and the intern.

The Internship program will give the participating preschools the opportunity to:

  • Onboard a new intern at the preschools’ site who will participate in CoP meetings and professional development opportunities with the cohort;
  • Provide a $10,000 stipend to offset the intern salary for the term of the one-year grant. Preference given to sites who commit to hiring the intern for at least 20 hours per week.
  • Grant up to $500 for the intern to take two accredited courses in early childhood education;
  • Provide a $4,560 stipend for the intern’s on-site mentor for an additional 3 hours of work per week ($38.00 for 3 hours per week, 40 weeks per year) and establish a CoP for the mentor cohort;
  • Provide $1,000 for family engagement for the intern and mentor to plan and implement at the preschools’ site.


Preschools in the San Francisco Bay area can apply to be in the internship program. Applications for the next school year will come out in the winter of 2019. 

Deadline to apply: March 9, 2018

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For more information, please contact:
Denise Moyes-Schnur
Senior Early Childhood Educator