About Us

Learn More About The Efshar Project

In 2008, The Efshar Project (formerly known as the Colorado Jewish ECE Initiative) was created to build Jewish identity through increasing access to high quality professional learning experiences. Today, we have expanded our work and refined our core mission.
We work on behalf of:
  • 11 Jewish ECEs in the Denver/Boulder community
  • Approximately 200 educators
  • Almost 1000 children
  • 850 families that attend our partner early learning centers and preschools
We exist to:
  • Serve as a trusted resource and advocacy hub for all things Jewish ECE
  • Provide leading edge, responsive professional learning and leadership development to educators in our partner schools
  • Partner with lay and professional leaders in Jewish organizations to increase support for high quality Jewish ECE experiences
  • Offer community-wide family programming to facilitate strong and meaningful connections among families
  • Strengthen connections to the broader Colorado Jewish community through strategic partnerships
“Efshar helped teachers feel like they had the tools to truly make virtual connections in a meaningful way. It also provided very practical methods that our teachers immediately implemented.”
— ECE Assistant Director

What was Our Impact in 2020?

We Engaged

  • 200 educators at the Jewish ECE annual conference
  • 18 educators in specialized training on Infant/Early Childhood mental health
  • 14 teachers in a year-long, Community of Practice cohort experience
  • 30 educators in leadership roles through 72 coaching sessions 
  • 18 individuals enrolled in the First 36 fellowship and strengthened their knowledge of child development, how to support parents and understanding of Jewish values 
  • 72 stakeholders across all our schools participated in ongoing leadership team experiences, deepening their knowledge and understanding of the importance of Jewish ECE experiences. 
  • 22 Directors/Assistant Directors across all of our ECE programs through monthly Director meetings and special sessions
  • 65 educators on how to engage children and families in a virtual learning format due to COVID-19
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We Secured

  • $100,000 in partnership with JEWISHcolorado for tuition assistance for families 
  • $100,000 of new unrestricted funds from Rose Community Foundation Jewish Life Committee distributed across the community to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on ECEs  
  • $70,000 in new innovation funding to explore new ECE revenue streams – including outdoor learning, small learning committees and mitigation of staffing challenges exacerbated due to COVID-19
  • As part of the $45M ECE state funding, our schools were given exclusive access  to apply for these grants