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The e-Credit program is a unique program designed to enable parents to offset a portion of their parent obligation by utilizing vast array of skills and talents of our parents to satisfy needs of the Cheder.
The program is a "win-win-win" situation.
The Cheder has many positions that aren’t being filled which would enhance the learning environment and supplement numerous fund-raising projects.
Our parents have resources that can greatly benefit the Cheder, and in exchange families receive additional financial assistance.
The students, faculty, staff, and Cheder, benefit from the parent’s personal involvement and their investments of time and energy to the Cheder.
Some examples of the work opportunities available to parents are building maintenance, substitute teaching, lunch prep, office assistance, etc. The Cheder also has a number of fundraising projects throughout the year that require substantial time commitments in order to be successful. If not for the contributions by parents in the e-Credit program, the Cheder would not have the financial ability to hire and pay additional staff to accomplish this work.
Additionally, when parents become involved with the day-to-day activities of the Cheder, this has a profound effect on the students, and especially one’s own children.
One example of this "win-win-win" situation last year was when e-Credit parents earned over $20,000 towards their tuition obligations by working as substitute teachers. The Cheder saved thousands of dollars by not having to hire outside substitute teachers and the students commented repeatedly that the subs this year were some of their most amazing teachers!
Becoming an e-Credit parent is a fairly simple process that starts when a family submits an application for financial assistance. Once an application is reviewed by the Tuition Assistance Committee (TAC), the family may be offered, in addition to other forms of assistance, an e-Credit allowance.
If the family accepts the e-Credit allowance, they can then sign up for work on-site in the Cheder or work off-site. Typically, the on-site e-Credit jobs are assigned by the administration, e-Credit project coordinator, or the respective principals of the boys' and girls' schools. Off-site work typically involves fund-raising projects. When the e-Credit work is done, the e-Credit time is converted into payment credits that are applied to the parent’s financial obligation.
Fund-Raising Projects are essential to the Cheder and are required to make up the deficit between what parents pay in tuition and the total costs of a Cheder education. Successful fundraising projects require substantial time commitments and a team of dedicated individuals.