Beth El Congregation’s Pauline Mash School for Early Childhood Education is now accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education, making the school, which serves children from birth through age 5, the first and only Jewish early childhood program in the state to enjoy such accreditation, according to the Pikesville synagogue.
Mandy Barish, Maryland accreditation project specialist at Beth El, explained that the distinction signifies that the program exceeds state licensing requirements for child care and early childhood centers.
Ilene Vogelstein, director of early childhood programs at Beth El, said the accreditation is the culmination of an 18-month process that included a self-study and program-improvement plan that was a joint effort between staff and parents.
“Through the years, our children have learned tremendously, been nurtured and given skills that will serve them in the years to come,” said parent Dori Chait, whose family has been members of the Beth El early childhood community since 2009. “I know the Beth El staff cares for my children as if they were their own, and that’s pretty amazing.”
Eyal Bor, the congregation’s director of education, called the achievement “a testament to the professionalism and dedication of our teachers.”
“Becoming the first and currently only Jewish early childhood program that is accredited makes us all proud,” he said. “People will realize their children and grandchildren’s place will be at Beth El forever.”