HaAtid Network for Emerging Early Childhood Educators

Facilitator: Sasha Kopp
Format: Virtual

About this Network:

The HaAtid Network For Emerging Early Childhood Educators is an opportunity from The Jewish Education Project and the Jewish Early Childhood Association (JECA) to create a dynamic cohort experience for emerging early childhood professionals in the greater New York area. Each network session will be led by professionals from The Jewish Education Project and Teaching Beyond the Square. Participants will also meet with expert mentor teachers in the field who will support the educator throughout the year. 

Additional Information:

Schools must be JECA members in order to participate. Contact Ronnie Becher for more info on how to become a member. 

About the Facilitator:

Sasha Kopp
Sasha Kopp

Sasha Kopp is the senior director, education and engagement for ElevatEd. She previously worked as a senior consultant for early childhood and family engagement for The Jewish Education Project. She also has worked directly in early childhood programs, most recently as the assistant early childhood director at Central Synagogue in Manhattan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and education studies at Brandeis University and two master’s degrees, one in Jewish education and one in Jewish nonprofit management from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Kopp teaches workshops on topics relevant to early childhood Jewish education, including fostering social-emotional development, creativity, and engaging in the outdoors. She connects with early childhood educators across the country and supports the professionalization of the field. Sasha is a fused glass artist and runs mezuzah making workshops across the country.


  • “One unique feature about this network is…” the mentorship component. Each participant is matched with a mentor who they will be in touch with throughout the year. Additionally they will have the opportunity to visit their mentor's school and to have their mentor visit their school. It’s a unique experience. 
  • “Why did I join the HaAtid Netowrk”  
  • "I want to incorporate more Judaism into my social/emotional curriculum, to help my students build themselves up as good people, not just good students."
  • “One quote from a past participants:”I have learned SO much and sad it is over- I wish it could continue for another year. 
Thursdays and Wednesdays 10:30 AM ET
October 26, November 9, December 6, December 14, January 11, February 1, March 1, April 19, May 3, and May 24
Sasha Kopp
New members
Target audience
Youth Professional / Teen Engagement
Geographic regions
Long Island
Staten Island
Area of work
Early Childhood