In memory of
Jeanne Ginsberg Founded pioneering nursery school in South Orange, 'magical with kids,' 98 Jeanne Ginsberg, 98, founder and director emerita of Playhouse Cooperative Inc. in West Orange, N.J., died peacefully at her home in South Orange, N.J., on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. In 1951, Jeanne, together with a group of mothers who wanted to be involved in their children's early education, founded the Playhouse Cooperative Nursery School in South Orange. Jeanne and the parent volunteers worked together to create an environment that focused on individual learning - through play, peace, and compassion. Jeanne led the school for over 50 years, and continued to remain a strong influence after her retirement. As a recognized leader in early childhood education, Jeanne taught parents and teachers alike how to listen to children. She was magical with kids, empowering them to discover and learn from their interactions with the world around them. Jeanne was a beloved mentor, friend, teacher and role model for generations of preschoolers, their families, and preschool educators. She leaves behind two nephews, Dr. Ronald Gaines and Daniel Gaines, and a great niece, Dr. Margaret Ravits Goldfarb. The funeral service was graveside. Information about a memorial service, being planned for some time in early spring of 2018, will be posted soon on the Playhouse website: playhouseonline.org . Donations may be made to the "Jeanne Ginsberg Scholarship Fund," and sent to Playhouse Cooperative Inc., 88 Franklin Ave., West Orange, N.J. 07052.
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