Ellen Boniuk Early Childhood School Seeks Feedback from West Houston Community

Friday, August 2, 2019
Posted by: Rene Kariel, Director, Ellen Boniuk Early Childhood School

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At The Ellen Boniuk Early Childhood School and The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, family engagement is a pillar to building a robust community. As a Jewish Community Centers of North America early childhood program, we believe strongly in fostering relationships with our families as we support their families’ Jewish Journeys.

With the decision to reopen The Ellen Boniuk Early Childhood School (EBECS) in June 2018, a task force was established to identify and implement benchmarks for success.  During the fall of 2018, small focus groups were conducted in the West Houston and Katy area in an effort to identify areas of growth for The Ellen Boniuk Early Childhood School and community engagement opportunities. The focus groups served as a good jumping off point, but the task force knew we needed to dig deeper. Working in partnership with Rice University Graduate Students, we set out to create a brief but comprehensive survey. The Rice students will then compile the results and report the findings. We plan to use the feedback to further develop family programming and promote the educational opportunities that are offered by EBECS.

We are looking for high quality feedback on what families in the West Houston and Katy area are looking for in terms of educational needs and opportunities to connect through Jewish programming. We know drive times can be a deterrent here in Houston, so how can we bring the programs to the community and meet them where they are?

As the Ellen Boniuk Early Childhood School embarks on their journey into the future, we will continue to do so with the goal of helping families connect Jewishly through high quality educational and programming opportunities.

Established just over 30 years ago, the Ellen Boniuk Early Childhood School is located at 1120 Dairy Ashford, and offers infant and child care for children ages six weeks to PreK. The school is the only Jewish preschool in West Houston. Programming is influenced by a Reggio Emilia approach to learning with a curriculum rich in Jewish values, Hebrew, Judaic music, and Jewish cultural opportunities. While the school is based on Jewish principles, everyone, regardless of race or religion, is welcome. Community programs are provided low or no cost and open to non-members of the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC.


Category: Early Childhood