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

Temple Judea Mizpah
4915 Conrad Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 908-7977
Email: earlychildhoodachds@gmail.com
Web: http://www.ariecrown.org

Pre-nursery and nursery.

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
Fax: (847) 869-7830
Email: kkaberon@bethemet.org
Web: http://www.bethemet.org
Contact: Kathy Kaberon

Offers parent or caregiver/child classes and drop in, ages 12-30 months; new full day or part day nursery school, ages 2-5 years; summer camp.

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

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.bjechicago.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.bjechicago.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.bjechicago.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.bjechicago.org
Contact: Sharon Gross

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: rfrisch@napershalom.org
Web: http://www.napershalom.org
Contact: Robin Frisch

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.

Jacob Duman JCC *

Woodland Commons
370 Half Day Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (224) 543-7000
Fax: (224) 543-7030
Web: http://www.gojcc.org/ec-jdjcc

Full-day and half-day preschool, infant/toddler care, backup child care, adult/child classes, full-day and half-day kindergarten, enrichment classes, summer fun program 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 Lake County Community Campus *

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

New! Opening for the Fall, 2014 school year. Full-day and half-day preschool, infant/toddler care, backup child care, enrichment classes, and family events for children 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 Fun 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
Email: bweitzberg@jcys.org
Web: http://www.jcys.org/highlandpark
Contact: Brenda Weitzberg

Toddler programs, traditional and full-day preschool, Kinder Concepts, kindergarten enrichment, before & after school programs and summer day camp. Programs are individually tailored to nurture and grow alongside your child. The active Parent Committee allows you to get involved in special events, as well as help influence current and future programming.

JCYS Michael R. Lutz Family Center

957 W. Grace Street
Chicago, IL 60613
Email: jlosek@jcys.org
Web: http://www.jcys.org/lakeview
Contact: Jean Losek

Provides children with the tools and resources they need to explore and discover the world around them. Through Preschool and After School Programs to Summer Day Camp, the early childhood education programs are individually tailored to nurture and grow alongside your child. Parent Organization involves parents with parent-only happy hours, Shabbat family dinners and afternoon classroom programs.

JCYS Northwest Family Center

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

Encourages children's creativity, fosters self-esteem and socialization, and establishes a love of learning with developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum. Infant & toddler care, preschool & kindergarten enrichment, before & after school programs, Horner Grove Summer Day Camp. Serves families of all backgrounds and provides children with the quality care and education they deserve.

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@moriahcong.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!

The Preschool at North Shore Congregation Israel

1185 Sheridan Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Phone: (847) 835-0724
Fax: (847) 835-5613
Email: elleng@nsci.org
Web: http://www.nsci.org
Contact: Ellen L. Grossman. Director

Tot & Me Class for children 12-24 months with a caregiver. Preschool for 2-, 3- and 4-year-old children. Optional lunch and enrichment classes offered everyday. Drop in Center open to all. In between Time Camp (from end of preschool until camp begins; children do not need to be toilet trained). All children and families, members and non-members alike are welcome to family events throughout the year. Kehillah accredited, NAEYC, DCFS. Participates in JUF Right Start and PJ Library.

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.

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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