Early Childhood/Day Care

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School *

Associated Talmud Torahs
5235 S. Cornell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: (773) 493-8880
Fax: (773) 493-9377
Web: http://www.akibaschechter.org
Contact: Miriam Schiller

A state-accredited co-educational day school for all Jewish denominations. Under the auspices of ATT and Community Foundation for Jewish Education. Parent/toddler ages 14 months to 2 years; nursery school ages 2 to 5; and kindergarten age 5 through 8th grade.

Alana Beth Stein Pre-School *

Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School
8825 E. Prairie Road
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 674-6533, (847) 677-1021
Fax: (847) 674-8313
Email: margot.parnass@hilleltorah.org
Web: http://www.hilleltorah.org
Contact: Mara Shanes, Director of Early Childhood Program; Margot Parnass, Director of Admissions

Modern Orthodox, co-educational pre-school program. An emphasis on Torah and Chesed, Israel and Ivrit language instruction all begin in the pre-school program. A focus on integrating social and academic learning helps children thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Even at this earliest stage of development, each child begins to appreciate that we are a community, and that all of us need to work together to make an environment where everybody thrives.

Arie Crown Hebrew Day School Early Childhood Pre-School

4915 Conrad Sreet
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 908-7977
Fax: (847) 982-9525
Email: earlychildhoodachds@gmail.com
Web: http://www.ariecrown.org/school/earlychildhood

Pre-nursery and nursery.

Bayit Afterschool *

1330 Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (773) 505-5750
Email: bayitevanston@gmail.com
Web: http://www.bayitevanston.com
Contact: Megan Abraham, Founding Director

Founded in Fall 2013, Evanston's Bayit brings together a diverse community of Jewish kids and families through a welcoming, convenient, fun and camp-like afterschool "home." Bayit immerses children ages 4-10 in exploration of Jewish identity while simultaneously offering needed, high-quality afterschool childcare for busy families. Children bond through play while exploring the arts, spirituality and Hebrew.

Bernard Horwich JCC *

3003 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 761-9100
Fax: (773) 761-8835
Web: http://www.gojcc.org/ec-bhjcc

Half-day preschool, enrichment classes, summer fun programs and family events for children 2 through 5 years of age.

Bernard Weinger JCC *

300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (224) 406-9200
Fax: (847) 412-4257
Web: http://www.gojcc.org/ec-bwjcc

Full-day and half-day preschool, infant/toddler care, backup child care, full-day and half-day kindergarten, adult/child classes and family events for children infants through 5 years of age.

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School *

3751 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: (773) 281-1858
Fax: (773) 529-3709
Email: admissions@bzaeds.org
Web: http://www.bzaeds.org
Contact: Katie Rich

Independent Jewish day school for children in grades nursery through 8th. Nursery age 3; junior kindergarten age 4; senior kindergarten age 5. All denominations.

Beth Emet The Free Synagogue Early Childhood Program

1224 Dempster Street
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 869-4230
Email: kkaberon@bethemet.org
Web: http://www.bethemet.org
Contact: Kathy Kaberon

Offers full and part day options for children ages 2-5, and 8 week summer camp, as well as a toddler/adult class.

Beth Tikvah Congregation Early Childhood Center *

300 Hillcrest Blvd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60195
Phone: (847) 885-4545
Fax: (847) 885-1600
Email: preschool@beth-tikvah.org
Web: http://www.beth-tikvah.org/ecc.aspx

Half-day preschool, enrichment classes, summer fun program and family events for children infants through 5 years of age.

BJBE Early Childhood Center at the Chava Center

B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim
1201 Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 940-7575
Fax: (847) 940-7579
Email: swexler@bjbe.org
Web: http://www.bjbe.org
Contact: Susie Wexler

Parent-Tot and preschool programs for children 2 years old through preK. Children are seen as capable and creative individuals; each child is encouraged to be their best self. A foundation of strong relationships allows each child to develop socially, emotionally and cognitively at their own development level. Using the Jewish calendar as a guide, staff follows best practices in early childhood education to create high quality learning experiences. Inspired by the teaching practice of Reggio-Emilia Italy, children and teachers are partners in the learning process where children help to create the curriculum in the classroom based on their curiosity and interests.

BJE Early Childhood Center at B’nai Tikvah *

1558 Wilmot Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 945-8577
Email: info@bjechicago.org
Web: http://www.bjeecc.org
Contact: Janet Sear

BJE Early Childhood Center at Beth Judea *

5304 RFD (Route 83 and Hilltop Road)
Long Grove, IL 60047
Phone: (847) 634-0363
Email: info@bjechicago.org
Web: http://www.bjeecc.org
Contact: Judy Jacobson

BJE Early Childhood Center at Congregation Bnai Emunah Beth Hillel *

3220 Big Tree Lane
Wilmette, IL 60091
Phone: (847) 256-4507
Email: info@bjechicago.org
Web: http://www.bjeecc.org
Contact: Nancy Goldstein

BJE Early Childhood Center at Temple Beth-El *

3610 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 272-4455
Email: info@bjechicago.org
Web: http://www.bjeecc.org
Contact: Joanne Barston

Board of Jewish Education Early Childhood Centers *

Administrative Office
5304 RFD (Route 83 and Hilltop Road)
Long Grove, IL 60047
Phone: (847) 634-0363
Fax: (847) 634-0365
Email: bjeecc@aol.com
Web: http://www.bjechicago.org
Contact: Nancy Manewith, Director

Congregation Beth Shalom Gan Yeladim Early Learning Center

772 W. 5th Ave.
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: (630) 961-1818
Email: peg.kolar@napershalom.org
Web: http://www.napershalom.org
Contact: Peggy Kolar

Congregation Kneseth Israel Torah School

330 Division Street
Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: (847) 741-5656
Fax: (847) 741-5679
Email: nanzim@foxvalley.net
Web: http://www.ckielgin.org
Contact: Nancy Zimmerman, VP of Education

Early childhood program.

JCC Early Childhood Education *

Administrative Office
5050 Church Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 763-3547
Fax: (847) 763-3636
Web: http://www.gojcc.org/earlychildhood
Contact: Wendy Newberger, Director of JCC Early Childhood

JCC Early Childhood education provides children with a solid foundation for future learning success, socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically and spiritually. JCC guides each child to reach his or her individual potential. The approach is simple; JCC puts your child at the center of everything.

NAEYC accredited program covers core curriculum based on national and state standards including math, literacy, science and social studies. Part of the Jewish Kehillah project offering integrated Jewish curriculum that is rich in culture and tradition. Premier programs for families with children (infants through 5 years of age) are offered at locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Programs include full-day and half-day preschool, infant/toddler care, kindergarten, backup child care, enrichment classes, adult/child classes, summer fun programs and family events.

Florence G. Heller JCC *

524 W. Melrose Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 938-8340
Fax: (773) 871-0224
Web: http://www.gojcc.org/ec-fghjcc

Full-day and half-day preschool, infant/toddler care, backup child care, enrichment classes, summer fun programs and family events for children infants through 5 years of age.

JCC Early Childhood at “Z” Frank Apachi Campus *

3050 Woodridge Lane
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 272-8707
Fax: (847) 272-5357
Web: http://www.gojcc.org/ec-zfa

Half-day preschool, adult/child and enrichment classes and family events for children 18 months through 5 years of age.

JCC Early Childhood at Am Shalom *

840 Vernon Ave.
Glencoe, IL 60022
Phone: (847) 835-0008
Fax: (847) 835-1008
Web: http://www.gojcc.org/ec-amshalom

Half-day preschool, enrichment classes, summer fun program, adult/child classes and family events for children 18 months through 5 years of age.

JCC Early Childhood Summer Programs *

JCC Early Childhood Services
Phone: (847) 763-3547
Web: http://www.gojcc.org/ec-summercamp

Innovative learning and development techniques for ages 18 months through 4 years old are blended with Jewish culture and tradition and taught by experienced early childhood teachers. Your child will find excitement in music, learning, water-play and art. A JCC summer will stimulate all of your child’s senses and open the door to creativity and enthusiasm for discovery. Summer programs are offered at JCC Early Childhood locations across the Chicago metropolitan area.

JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center

800 Clavey Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 433-6001
Email: bweitzberg@jcys.org
Web: http://www.jcys.org/highlandpark
Contact: Brenda Weitzberg

Offers early childhood education programs and child care for children 12 months through 5 years old. Through parent-tot transition classes, toddler programs, traditional and full-day preschool, Kinder Concepts, kindergarten enrichment, and before and after school programs, JCYS programs are individually tailored to nurture and grow alongside your child. JCYS Early Childhood Education lays a foundation for intellectual, social, emotional and physical development through play-based curriculum. In each classroom, children freely choose from different learning centers throughout the day, helping to build confidence and develop their social and problem-solving skills. Group time for stories, singing, language development, science, cooking activities, and games adds structure to each day.

JCYS Michael R. Lutz Family Center

957 W. Grace Street
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: (773) 281-2533
Email: jlosek@jcys.org
Web: http://www.jcys.org/lakeview
Contact: Jean Losek

Offers early childhood education programs for children 2 - 5 years old. JCYS Early Childhood Education lays a foundation for cognitive functioning; behavioral, social and self-regulatory capacities; physical heath; and fosters school readiness. Students that have completed JCYS Preschool are well prepared to enter Kindergarten. Students go on to attend highly respected schools, both public and private. Emphasizes intellectual, social, emotional and physical development through play-based curriculum, which has been proven to be the best way that children develop skills in all four areas. Through learning centers, children may freely choose from different learning activities throughout the day, helping to build confidence and develop problem-solving skills. Group time for stories, singing, language development, science, cooking activities, and games adds structure to each day.

JCYS Northwest Family Center

1700 Weiland Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 279-0900
Email: nsamuels@jcys.org
Web: http://www.jcys.org/buffalogrove
Contact: Naomi Samuels

Offers early childhood education and child care for children six weeks to six years old. JCYS encourages children's creativity, fosters self-esteem and socialization, and establishes a love of learning with developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum through infant & toddler care, preschool & kindergarten enrichment, and before & after school programs for elementary-school children. Children participate in a cultural Jewish curriculum that explores Jewish traditions, holidays and customs through music, stories, art, games and cooking activities. Basic Jewish values are included throughout the curriculum, including family, caring about others, acceptance of all and tzedakah.

Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS)

180 W. Washington Street
Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 726-8891
Fax: (312) 726-7920
Email: jthomason@jcys.org
Web: http://www.jcys.org
Contact: John Thomason

Offers educational, recreational and leadership experiences throughout the year at our family centers, multiple summer camps and specialty programs. Programs are designed to nurture each child's individual spirit, imagination, confidence and talents.

JRC Preschool

Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
303 Dodge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 328-7678
Email: bsilverman@jrc-evanston.org
Web: http://jrc-evanston.org
Contact: Bonnie Silverman

Keshet Inclusion Pre-School *

Various sites
Phone: (847) 205-0274
Fax: (847) 205-1530
Email: jweinberg@keshet.org
Web: http://www.keshet.org
Contact: Jen Weinberg

Keshet works with community day schools and the JCCs of Chicago to integrate 3- to 5-year-olds with developmental disabilities into existing pre-school classrooms.

Lakeside Children’s Center Preschool

Lakeside Congregation
1221 County Line Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 432-4766
Email: pauladavis25@aol.com
Web: http://www.lakesidecongregation.org
Contact: Paula Davis

Mayer Kaplan JCC Early Childhood *

5050 Church Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 763-3500
Fax: (847) 675-4910
Web: http://www.gojcc.org/ec-mkjcc

Full-day and half-day preschool, infant/toddler care, backup child care, summer fun program, enrichment classes and family events for children infants through 5 years of age.

Moadon Kol Chadash *

1454 W. Willow Street
Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: (773) 661-6340
Fax: (773) 661-6341
Email: moadon@moadon.info
Web: http://www.moadonkolchadash.org
Contact: Etty Dolgin

Gan Gani: Hebrew-immersion preschool through Kindergarten program.

Moadon: After-school experience; junior kindergarten through 8th grade with a special program targeted at post-B'nai Mitzvah students; provides an opportunity for immersion in Jewish culture, religion, tradition, and Hebrew language through collaborative learning; integrated Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation.

Moriah Congregation Early Childhood Center

200 Taub Drive
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 948-8930
Email: jkantor@moriahecc.org
Web: https://moriahearlychildhoodcenter.org
Contact: Jill Kantor

Mrs. Posner's Preschool

Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie
4059 Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 677-1770 #301
Fax: (847) 679-2553
Email: info@mrsposner.org
Web: http://www.skokiechabad.org
Contact: Zeesy Posner

Enriching classes for children ages 1 1/2-3 1/2.

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El-The Paul S. & Sylvia Steinberg Pre-School

1175 Sheridan Rd.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847432-2830, (847) 432-8900
Fax: (847) 432-9242
Email: cknopoff@nssbethel.org
Web: http://www.nssbethel.org
Contact: Caron Knopoff

Kehillah accredited. Pre-school classes ages 2-5. Lunch and enrichment program. Infant, parent-toddler and transition classes.

Oak Park Temple B'nai Abraham Zion (Beatrice and Morris Glasser Preschool)

1235 N. Harlem Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: (708) 386-3937
Fax: (708) 386-0955
Email: glasserpreschool@oakparktemple.org
Web: http://www.glasserpreschool.com
Contact: Marci Sperling-Flynn

Parent/child programs ages 1-2; half-day nursery school ages 2-5; parenting workshops, extended day lunch programs.

Pearl of Israel

Gan Israeli Home Child Care
Phone: (847) 972-1777
Email: yitzhakhedva@yahoo.com
Contact: Hedva Yitzhak

Open to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. POI believes that children need to feel unconditional love and acceptance from the adults who take care of them. Secular and Jewish education with wormth, love, professionalism and competence. Inspiring chidren to a long life learning!

Sinai Preschool

15 W. Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 867-7000
Web: http://www.sinaipreschool.org
Contact: Fern Katz, Early Childhood Director

NAEYC accredited preschool for children 2-5 years old. Optional enrichment classes and extended day. Parent/tot classes available.

Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago *

Phone: (847) 498-2100
Fax: (847) 498-5837
Web: http://www.schechter.org

PreK-8th grade Jewish Day School with the Solomon Schechter Early Childhood Center in Skokie and the Sager Solomon Schechter Day School (K-8) in Northbrook. Affiliated with the Conservative Movement and warmly welcomes families from more than 40 synagogues that reflect a wide spectrum of Jewish observance.

Sager Solomon Schechter Day School (K-8)
3210 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
E-mail: lynn.weiss@schechter.org
Contact: Lynn Weiss, Director of Admissions and Enrollment

Solomon Schechter Early Childhood Center with the Marvell D. and Stanley J. z"l Ginsburg PreK Program
4500 Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076
E-mail: irene.sufrin@schechter.org  
Contact: Irene Sufrin, Principal

Temple Sholom of Chicago Gan Sholom Early Childhood Center

3480 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 525-4867
Email: heidi@sholomchicago.org
Contact: Heidi Cooper, Early Childhood Education Director

Parent/child programs ages 4-36 months; nursery school ages 2 1/2-4; day care age 2-4; enrichment programs ages 3-5.

Tiny Tots Inc.

2733 N. Seminary Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (773) 557-9391
Email: hadasavni@hotmail.com
Web: http://www.tinytotsincorporated.com
Contact: Hadas Cohen

An established licensed daycare for children from 6 weeks up to 6 years of age. Founded in 2008 by a loving Israeli-American mother with three young children of her own. Unique Hebrew immersion program enables children to learn in a truly bilingual environment with exposure to both Jewish and American culture. Nutritious kosher meals and snack provided. Full-time care available between 7:30am - 5:30pm Monday thru Friday.

West Suburban Temple Har Zion Early Childhood Program

1040 N. Harlem Ave.
River Forest, IL 60305
Phone: (708) 366-9000
Fax: (708) 366-9006
Email: imarczak@wsthz.org
Web: http://www.wsthz.org
Contact: Ilana Marczak, Early Childhood Director

NAEYC and Kehillah accredited. Offers a Temple Tot class for toddlers and their caregiver, a 2 year-old program (3 days a week), a pre-school program for 3 to 5 year-olds (5 days a week) with optional lunch and enrichment classes. Accepts children into the 2 year-old program in diapers and partner with the families when toilet training begins.

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