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The First 36 Project

The First 36 Project

The First 36 Project provides a group of educators who work with parents and their young children, with a professional development experience designed to amplify their ability to support parents as they build strong, meaningful bonds with their children. 

The Fellows become a Community of Practice (CoP), meeting every 4-6 weeks for facilitated cohort-based learning experiences and receive 1:1 coaching/consultation, including class visits, observation, and feedback.  Fellows gain access to a variety of Institute resources, including curriculum modules that integrate the latest in child development theory with leading-edge neuroscience research related to children ages 0-3. In addition, all Fellows are invited to participate in an ongoing lecture series given by experts in the field.

This project was developed by Simms/Mann Institute, in partnership with Builders of Jewish Education (BJE) and The Jewish Federation of Greater LA.

The Efshar Project is the first community outside of Los Angeles to be implementing this innovative project.

ECEs participating in the first cohort:

  • Boulder JCC
  • HEA Denver
  • Temple Sinai

ECEs participating in the second cohort:

  • Boulder JCC
  • HEA Denver
  • Temple Sinai
  • Denver JCC
  • Temple Emanuel
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Our First Class

Congratulations to our first class of First 36 Fellows! Shanna Kirshner, Sheila Purdin, Rebecca Paradis, and Dani Wynn.
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Kelli Pfaff

Project Director

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