ERIC Number: ED196572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Jewish Nursery School as Surrogate Parent.
Several conditions indicate the urgent need for Jewish day care programs. The rising divorce rate among Jews, tremendous changes in the structure and function of the American family, the isolation of the nuclear family in the suburbs, and, importantly, Jewish parents' need for guidance concerning Jewish child-rearing practices, all present problems that can be alleviated through Jewish day care programs. Jewish parents need information about parenting skills and child development as well as an introduction to Jewish living experiences that they can practice at home. Personal observations show that Jewish parents may have inappropriate expectations for their children's achievement and are frequently unable to provide on-going, rich, Jewish observances in the home. Staff at nursery schools operated by the Board of Jewish Education have come to serve as surrogate family for enrolled children and their parents. By empathizing with parents, building parents' positive self image and confidence, and providing advice and a variety of Jewish participatory experiences, the center staff can provide young Jewish parents with guidance they have lost as traditional practices have become less prevalent. At nursery schools operated by the Board of Jewish Education, parents are involved at least 12 times each year in school activities related to family or parent-child events such as naming and birthday ceremonies. Additional ways to draw parents close to Jewish living need to be developed. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Chicago Board of Jewish Education, IL.
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