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Director of Early Childhood Center
Office: (212) 877-4050, ext. 265
Miriam earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Yeshiva University and her master’s in early childhood and elementary education from Bank Street College of Education. She has been working in early childhood since 1999, first as a classroom teacher before she became an administrator when she joined Stephen Wise’s ECC in 2007. She is active in various Jewish early childhood networks and worked as a mentor for new and aspiring leaders as part of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute for three years. Miriam has participated in three study tours to Reggio Emilia, Italy, with the most recent trip focusing on Jewish educators, and she has participated in various educational trips to Israel.
Recent Commentaries and Op-Eds
MacaroniKID: Early Childhood Education Is More Important Now Than Ever
Dec 6, 2021
Children who missed out on a year of schooling are at a disadvantage, writes Miriam Kalmar, our ECC’s director. “Your children’s futures – and our future as a society – depend on their developing healthy social emotional skills that will ensure their lifelong success.”
Macaroni Kid Upper West Side: How to Build Your Young Child’s Independence
Oct 16, 2018
Miriam Kalmar, director of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue’s Early Childhood Center, shares expert advice for building independence in young children.
New York Family: 8 Tips on Separating from Young Children for the New School Year
Aug 31, 2018
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue’s Early Childhood Center interim director, Miriam Kalmar, shares expert advice for parents as they prepare to drop their young children off to start the new school year.
Macaroni Kid Upper West Side: 4 Back-to-School Tips to Get Your Kid Ready for the New Year
Aug 25, 2018
Miriam Kalmar, director of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue’s Early Childhood Center, shares expert back-to-school tips for getting your kids ready for the new school year.
New York Family: Is Your Toddler Ready For School?
Jul 10, 2018
Early Childhood Center Interim Director Miriam Kalmar shares expert advice on how to tell if your toddler is ready for school.