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 eighth 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, Early Childhood Coordinator; Margot Parnass, Director of Admissions

A Modern Orthodox preschool with a nurturing and interactive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social, and intellectual growth of every child. The program is child-centered and play-based with an emphasis on integrating Torah and Chesed, Israel and Ivrit language, guiding children to explore, discover and engage in learning.

Arie Crown Hebrew Day School Early Childhood Pre-School *

4915 Conrad Sreet
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 908-7977
Fax: (847) 982-9525
Email: earlychildhood@ariecrown.org
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

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 Early Childhood *

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

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

Bernard Weinger JCC Early Childhood *

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

Full- 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: krich@bernardzell.org
Web: http://www.bernardzell.org
Contact: Katie Rich

Independent Jewish Day School for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning and a deep commitment to humanity develops engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. Nursery (3 years) - eighth grade. All denominations welcome.

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 eight-week summer camp, as well as a toddler/adult class and a drop in for children 0-3 with an adult. Hosts a tot Shabbat for families every third Saturday of the month at 9 a.m., followed by kiddush lunch.

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/learn/early-childhood-centerpx

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.

Florence G. Heller JCC Early Childhood *

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

Full- and half-day preschool, infant/toddler care, preschool camps, adult/child classes, JNew Mom's Group, enrichment classes, summer fun programs and family events for children infants through 5 years of age.

Glasser Preschool of Oak Park Temple

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 preschool ages 2-5, lunch and enrichment programs, parenting workshops.

JCC Early Childhood Education *

Administrative Office
5050 Church Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 763-3547
Fax: (847) 763-3636
Web: http://www.jccchicago.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. The JCC preschool program integrates 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- and half-day preschool, infant/toddler care, kindergarten, enrichment classes, adult/child classes JNew Mom's Group Stay and Play, summer fun programs and family events.

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.jccchicago.org/ec-zfa

Half-day preschool, adult/child programs 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.jccchicago.org/ec-amshalom

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

JCC Early Childhood Lake County Community Campus *

23280 N. Old McHenry Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Phone: (224) 543-7000
Fax: (224) 543-7030
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/ec-lakecounty

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

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. 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 15 months through 5 years old. 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 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 6 weeks through 6 years old. 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.

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

Guided by Jewish values and culture, Jewish Council for Youth Services provides educational and recreational programs for Chicagoland's children, and through board service, develops the next generation of Jewish civic leaders.

JRC Preschool

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

Lakeside Children’s Center Preschool

Lakeside Congregation
1221 County Line Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 432-4766
Email: pauladavis25@gmail.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.jccchicago.org/ec-mkjcc

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

Moadon Kol Chadash *

2464 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
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 eighth 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: cherene@moriahecc.org
Web: https://www.moriahecc.org
Contact: Cherene Radis

Half day and extended day options for children 6 weeks through 5 years of age.

Mrs. Posner's Preschool

Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie
4059 Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 677-1770
Fax: (847) 673-3487
Email: info@mrsposner.org
Web: http://www.skokiechabad.org
Contact: Zeesy Posner

Enriching classes for children ages 1½ to 3½. JUF Right Start affiliated.

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: kbilsky@nssbethel.org
Web: http://www.nssbethel.org
Contact: Karee Bilsky

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

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 warmth, love, professionalism and competence. Inspiring children to lifelong 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

Pre-K through eighth grade Jewish Day School with the Solomon Schechter Early Childhood Center in Skokie and the Sager Solomon Schechter Day School (kindergarten through eighth grade) in Northbrook. Affiliated with the Conservative Movement and 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 to 36 months; nursery school ages 2½ to 4; day care age 2 to 4; enrichment programs ages 3 to 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 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: preschool@wsthz.org
Web: http://www.wsthz.org
Contact: Heather Baumann Tratt, Early Childhood Education Director

NAEYC and Kehillah accredited. Offers a Temple Tot class for toddlers and their caregiver, a 2-year-old program (three days a week), a preschool program for 3- to 5-year-olds (five 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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