At the ECC we have passionate, qualified staff who are dedicated to helping your child learn and grow during this fundamental time in their lives.

Our staff are:

  • Experts in the field of childhood education
    • Our head teachers hold a Masters in Early Childhood Education and state certification
    • Many of our assistant teachers are currently working towards a Masters in Early Childhood Education at top programs such as Bank Street and Hunter College
  • Experienced
    • Our head teachers have been with the school for years and many helped shape the program since its inception in 1978
  • Committed to excellence
    • No matter what their tenure, our teachers are always developing their classroom skills and learning alongside peers and students


Jacqueline Israel

Director of Early Childhood Center

Jaci Israel is Director of CBE’s Early Childhood Center and has enjoyed a long relationship with CBE where she began her preschool teaching career in 1986. Since then she has coordinated Pre-K programs for several nonprofit agencies and initiated the Project Reach Youth’s Universal Pre-K Program. She has also worked extensively with elementary age students with learning disabilities as a teacher at the Mary McDowell Center and as an Orton Gillingham tutor. Jaci has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education. Her proudest achievements by far are her son and daughter.

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x221

Caitlyn Bradley

ECC Department Coordinator

Caitlyn Bradley is the Department Coordinator for the Early Childhood Center. She began working at CBE in 2008 as an extended day helper in the ECC. Caitlyn then moved to the CBE KIDS Afterschool Program where she worked as a counselor and an administrative assistant. She finally came full circle and started working in the ECC again in 2016. Caitlyn was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Francis College in 2013.

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x222

Laurie Green

ECC Director of Education

Laurie Green is the Director of Education of the Early Childhood Center. She moved to New York City after getting her BA in Art at the University of California, Berkeley. She continued her painting upon her arrival in New York simultaneously working as an assistant teacher in a 3’s classroom at Temple Israel in Manhattan. Since that time she has taught in private and public schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan. She has two Masters Degrees from Bank Street College, one in Early Childhood Education and the second in Literacy. Laurie went onto work in the Division of Continuing Education at Bank Street, training teachers in public schools and Head Start Centers. Most recently she worked in the New York City Universal Pre-K For All Program as a teacher and site coordinator.

Laurie lives in Brooklyn and has two sons, one of whom attended attended the ECC many years ago!

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x223

Congregation Beth Elohim greatly appreciates Gruss Life Fund for Jewish Education for their support of the teachers at CBE.