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About JUF Right Start

JUF Right Start, the first program of its kind, was created to increase awareness and access to Jewish early childhood programs for Chicago-area families. JUF Right Start provides a financial voucher for families enrolling their children in a Jewish infant, toddler or preschool program for the first time.

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JUF Right Start Signature Voucher:

If a child is the first in a family to attend a Jewish early childhood program, that child is eligible for the JUF Right Start Signature Voucher:

  • $1,000 if the child plans on attending 2 or 3 days/week;
  • $2,000 if the child plans on attending 4 or 5 days/week.

To be eligible for the JUF Right Start Signature Voucher, a child must be:

  • Enrolling in a Jewish early childhood program for the first time.
  • The first child in the family to attend a Jewish early childhood program.
  • A member of a family where at least one parent identifies as Jewish.
  • Enrolling in a JUF Right Start-affiliated program (click here for complete list.)
  • Enrolling in a class where the child attends independently* and meets at least 2 times/week
  • Starting a program on or after January 1, 2016.**

JUF Right Start Sibling Voucher:

A child who is not the first in the family to attend a Jewish early childhood program is eligible for a $500 JUF Right Start Sibling voucher.

To be eligible for the JUF Right Start Sibling Voucher, a child must be:

  • Enrolling in a Jewish early childhood program for the first time.
  • A sibling of a child who has already attended a Jewish early childhood program.
  • A member of a family where at least one parent identifies as Jewish.
  • Enrolling in a JUF Right Start-affiliated program (click here for complete list.)
  • Enrolling in a class where the child attends independently* and meets at least 2 times/week.
  • Starting a program on or after January 1, 2016.

Special Notes:

  • Only one voucher per child may be redeemed.
  • If more than one child in the immediate family plans on enrolling simultaneously (for the first time) families are eligible for one Signature Voucher and one Sibling Voucher.

* A child attending parent/child classes does not qualify for the voucher but may apply for the voucher when he/she enrolls in a class that meets independently.

JUF Right Start™ is a gift to families from the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago thanks to the generosity of the Harvey L. Miller Supporting Foundation, The Crown Family, The Shraiberg Family in Memory of Miriam Shraiberg, Steven B. Nasatir New Directors Fund and other local donors.

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