Early Childhood/Day Care

JUF is pleased to announce the Chicago Jewish Preschool Finder! For the first time, parents can access one-stop shopping for learning about and navigating Chicago-area Jewish preschool options. The website features a snapshot of each preschool with key facts, personalized support to families via our Preschool Concierge and access to JUF Right Start. Check it out at www.chicagojewishpreschoolfinder.org.

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

Akiba-Schechter Jewish Preschool *

Associated Talmud Torahs
5235 S. Cornell Ave.
Chicago
IL
60615
Phone: 773-493-8880
Fax: 773-493-9377
URL: http://www.akibaschechter.org
Contact: Carla Goldberg, Preschool Director

Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School provides an excellent secular and Judaic education in Hyde Park to a diverse community of Jewish children from all over Chicagoland. Under the auspices of ATT and Community Foundation for Jewish Education. Early childhood program open to the community and Jewish Day School for Grades 1-8. We pride in teaching children, not subjects; we value Jewish Unity, Joyful Judaism, and respect for all humanity.

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
URL: http://www.ariecrown.org/school/earlychildhood

Pre-nursery and nursery.

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School *

3751 N. Broadway
Chicago
IL
60613
Phone: 773-281-1858
Fax: 773-281-4709
Email: krich@bernardzell.org
URL: 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 to eighth grade.

Beth Emet The Free Synagogue Early Childhood Program

1224 Dempster Street
Evanston
IL
60202
Phone: 847-869-4230
Email: kkaberon@bethemet.org
URL: www.bethemet.org
Contact: Kathy Kaberon

Beth Emet Synagogue Young Family Programs-- Families are invited to join us at Tot Shabbat, always the 3rd Saturday of the month at 9am, along with Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, picnics, sing-alongs and more. Get to know our wonderful rabbis and cantor, and meet other families with young kids in our vibrant community.

Beth Tikvah Congregation Early Childhood Center

300 Hillcrest Blvd.
Hoffman Estates
IL
60169
Phone: (847) 885-4545 ext. 107
Fax: (847) 885-1600
Email: preschool@beth-tikvah.org
URL: 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
URL: http://www.bjbe.org
Contact: Susie Wexler

Preschool for children 2 years old through preK, and Parent-Tot programs for younger learners. Joyful Judaism, love of learning and caring community infuse every aspect of our program. Children are seen as capable and creative individuals. A foundation of strong relationships allows each child to develop socially, emotionally, and cognitively to be their best self. Using the Jewish calendar as a guide, staff follows best practices in early childhood education to create high-quality learning experiences.

BJE Early Childhood Center at B’nai Tikvah *

1558 Wilmot Road
Deerfield
IL
60015
Phone: 847-945-8577
Fax: 847-945-7006
Email: bjepreschool@bjechicago.org
URL: www.bjeecc.info
Contact: Janet Sear

BJE Early Childhood Center at Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah *

3220 Big Tree Lane
Wilmette
IL
60091
Phone: 847-256-4507
Fax: 847-256-3225
Email: bjepreschool@bjechicago.org
URL: www.bjeecc.info
Contact: Susan Rosenberg

BJE Early Childhood Center at Beth Judea *

5304 RFD
Long Grove
IL
60047
Phone: 847-634-0363
Fax: 847-634-0365
Email: bjepreschool@bjechicago.org
URL: www.bjeecc.info
Contact: Judy Jacobson

BJE Early Childhood Center at Temple Beth-El *

3610 Dundee Road
Northbrook
IL
60062
Phone: 847-272-4455
Fax: 847-559-5808
Email: bjepreschool@bjechicago.org
URL: www.bjeecc.info
Contact: JoAnne Barston

Board of Jewish Education Early Childhood Centers *

Administrative Office
3320 Dundee Road
Northbrook
IL
60062
Phone: 847-634-0363
Fax: 847-634-0365
Email: bjepreschool@bjechicago.org
URL: www.bjeecc.info
Contact: Nancy Manewith, Director

Cheder Lubavitch Preschool *

5201 W. Howard Street
Skokie
IL
60077
Phone: 847-675-6777
Fax: 847-674-6095
Email: lsilber@clhds.com
Contact: Lakey Silber

Toddler, pre-nursery, nursery and Kindergarten classes

Chicago Jewish Day School *

3730 N. California Ave
Chicago
IL
60618
Phone: (773) 271-2700
Email: cstarkcope@chicagojewishdayschool.org
URL: http://www.chicagojewishdayschool.org
Contact: Cortney Stark Cope

Multi-denominational Jewish Day School on the cutting edge of best practices in progressive education Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8. Students develop a strong Jewish identity through knowledge of Torah, Jewish values, and Hebrew language and learn to think deeply, gain knowledge and acquire judgment, and respect diversity. Our fully integrated curriculum inspires a passion for lifelong learning and develops critical thinking and socially engaged intelligence that enables students to understand and participate effectively in the affairs of their community, country, Israel, and the world at large in a collaborative effort to achieve a common good.

Congregation Beth Shalom Preschool

772 W. 5th Ave.
Naperville
IL
60563
Phone: (630) 961-1818
Email: sarah@napershalom.org
URL: http://www.napershalom.org
Contact: Sarah Ferrao

Congregation Kneseth Israel Torah School

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

Early childhood program.

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
URL: 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.

Hillel Torah-Alana Beth Stein Pre-School *

8825 E. Prairie Road
Skokie
IL
60076
Phone: (847) 674-6533 , (847) 677-1021
Fax: (847) 674-8313
Email: margot.parnass@hilleltorah.org
URL: http://www.hilleltorah.org
Contact: Jennifer Wasserman, Early Childhood Director; Margot Parnass, Director of Admissions

A Modern Orthodox preschool with a child-centered developmental approach to education focusing on the social-emotional, physical and intellectual growth of each child. Children learn through play and open-ended activities and are given opportunities to explore the world around them, ask questions, and discover how things work. Teachers support the children with a wide range of interests and abilities as they become increasingly independent in the classroom.Our integrated approach emphasizes Torah and chesed, Israel and an Ivrit language curriculum.

Jacob Duman Early Childhood Center at Lake County JCC *

23280 N. Old McHenry Road
Lake Zurich
IL
60047
Phone: 847-901-0607
Fax: (224) 543-7030
Email: lspewak@jccchicago.org
URL: http://www.jccchicagoearlychildhood.org
Contact: Lisa Spewak

Housed on our sprawling 37-acre Jewish Community Campus at Lake County JCC, Jacob Duman Early Childhood Center reflects the beauty around it. Children engage in exploration inside and out. Sunny classrooms and our two custom-built, developmentally appropriate playgrounds create an opportunity for learning and outside exploration.We strive to provide the foundation for children to develop and grow while bringing Jewish values to life. For ages 6 weeks - 4 years.

JCC Chicago Early Childhood at “Z” Frank Apachi *

3050 Woodridge Lane
Northbrook
IL
60062
Phone: 847-272-8707
Fax: (847) 272-5357
Email: lnathan@jccchicago.org
URL: http://www.jccchicagoearlychildhood.org
Contact: Leanne Nathan

At 'Z' Frank Apachi, we enjoy the outdoors during all seasons, letting children explore their surroundings while nurturing their natural curiosity. Educators encourage children to follow their interests which emerge into meaningful learning opportunities where they are fully engaged in the process. Here, your child is at the center of all we do. We strive to provide the foundation for children to develop and grow while bringing Jewish values to life. For ages 20 months - 4 years.

JCC Chicago Early Childhood at Am Shalom *

840 Vernon Ave.
Glencoe
IL
60022
Phone: (847) 835-0008
Fax: (847) 835-1008
Email: jbenishay@jccchicago.org
URL: http://www.jccchicagoearlychildhood.org
Contact: Jody Benishay

At JCC Chicago Early Childhood at Am Shalom, building caring relationships with children and their families is central to what we do. Our director and teachers are dedicated professionals who focus on the individual needs of each child. We provide a warm, nurturing environment, enriched with exciting curriculum and a love of Judaism. We strive to provide the foundation for children to develop and grow while bringing Jewish values to life. For ages 18 months - 4 years.

JCC Chicago Early Childhood at Bernard Horwich JCC *

3003 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago
IL
60645
Phone: 773-516-5881
Fax: (773) 761-8835
Email: maberman@jccchicago.org
URL: http://www.jccchicagoearlychildhood.org
Contact: Miriam Aberman

At JCC Chicago Early Childhood at Bernard Horwich JCC, located in Chicago's West Rogers Park neighborhood, your child is at the center of all we do. We strive to provide the foundation for children to develop and grow while bringing Jewish values to life. We believe children flourish and grow in an environment where they can explore, discover and create. Our director and teachers are dedicated professionals who focus on the individual needs of each child. We provide a warm, nurturing environment, enriched with exciting curriculum and a love of Judaism. For ages 2-4 years.  

JCC Chicago Early Childhood at Bernard Weinger JCC *

300 Revere Drive
Northbrook
IL
60062
Phone: 224-406-9200
Fax: 224-406-9273
Email: jrosenfeld@jccchicago.org
URL: http://www.jccchicagoearlychildhood.org
Contact: Jennifer Rosenfeld

At JCC Chicago Early Childhood at Bernard Weinger JCC, in Northbrook, your child is at the center of all we do. We strive to provide the foundation for children to develop and grow while bringing Jewish values to life. Our professional, loving, one-of-a-kind teachers will help your family feel that Bernard Weinger JCC is your home away from home. From incredible classrooms to our beautiful outdoor space, your child will have endless opportunities to learn, play, grow and make friends that last a lifetime. For ages 6 weeks - 4 years. 

JCC Chicago Early Childhood at Florence G. Heller JCC *

524 W. Melrose Ave.
Chicago
IL
60657
Phone: (773) 938-8340
Fax: (773) 871-0224
Email: rweber@jccchicago.org
URL: http://www.jccchicagoearlychildhood.org
Contact: Rachel Weber

At JCC Chicago Early Childhood at Florence G. Heller JCC, located in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, your child is at the center of all we do. We strive to provide the foundation for children to develop and grow while bringing Jewish values to life. Our professional, loving, one-of-a-kind educators help your family feel that Florence G. Heller JCC is your home away from home. From incredible classrooms to our beautiful outdoor space, your child will have endless opportunities to learn, play, grow and make friends that last a lifetime. For ages 6 weeks - 4 years. 

JCC Chicago Early Childhood Education *

Phone: 312-775-1830 , 847-763-3651
Contact: Anita Denes-Meador and Brad Finkel

JCC Chicago Early Childhood education provides children with a solid foundation for future learning success, socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically and spiritually. JCC Chicago Early Childhood Centers guide each child to reach his or her individual potential. The approach is simple: JCC Chicago 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 Chicago 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, pre-kindergarten, enrichment classes, adult/child classes, parenting classes, JNew Mom's Group, Stay and Play, preschool summer camp, summer fun programs and family events. 

JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center

800 Clavey Road
Highland Park
IL
60035
Phone: (847) 433-6001
Email: HighlandPark@jcys.org
URL: http://www.jcys.org/highlandpark
Contact: Micky Baer

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 Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center

2112 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago
IL
60625
Phone: 773-281-2533
Email: jlosek@jcys.org
URL: http://www.jcys.org/lincolnsquare
Contact: Jean Losek

JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center offers early childhood education programs for children age 15 months through 5 years. 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 add structure to each day.

JCYS Michael R. Lutz Family Center-Wicker Park

2129 W. North Ave
Chicago
IL
60647
Phone: 872-315-2300
Email: WickerPark@jcys.org
URL: http://www.jcys.org/wickerpark
Contact: Marissa Gray

JCYS Wicker Park offers early childhood education for children ages 15 months-5 years through school year and summer camp programming. As our center grows, after-school programming for grades K-6 and summer camps for grades K-8 will be added.

JCYS Northwest Family Center

1700 Weiland Road
Buffalo Grove
IL
60089
Phone: (847) 279-0900
Email: NRobin@jcys.org
URL: http://www.jcys.org/buffalogrove
Contact: Nicole Robin

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)

150 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 640
Chicago
IL
60601
Phone: (312) 726-8891
Fax: (312) 726-7920
Email: info@jcys.org
URL: http://www.jcys.org
Contact: Barbara Haworth

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.

Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov-Yeshivas Tiferes Tzvi Preschool

6106 N. California
Chicago
IL
60659
Phone: 773-583-5329
Email: jdbyoffice@jdbyytt.org
URL: http://www.jdbyytt.org
Contact: Mrs. Shelley Cardash, Early Childhood Director

JDBY-YTT is dedicated to transmitting the values and life style of orthodox Jewish tradition while providing a strong, comprehensive secular education. As a Jewish parochial school, our goal is to provide a learning environment in which children acquire skills and knowledge in all secular subjects in an environment based on Torah (Jewish Law), mitzvoth (performing good deeds), tzedakah (acts of charity) and limud (study and learning). We recognize and respect the dignity of all students, striving to maximize individual strengths and achievements in a positive, supportive learning environment.

JRC Early Childhood Center

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

A half-day Reggio-inspired preschool program that welcomes all families. We offer parent-tot classes, 2-5 year old classes, early bird drop-off, lunch enrichment programs and summer camp.

Moadon Kol Chadash *

2464 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago
IL
60614
Phone: (773) 661-6340
Fax: (773) 661-6341
Email: moadon@moadon.info
URL: 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
URL: https://www.moriahecc.org
Contact: Cherene Radis

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

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: kgoldenberg@nssbethel.org
URL: http://www.steinbergpreschool.org/
Contact: Kory Goldenberg

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
4116 Greenwood Street
Skokie
IL
60076
Phone: 224-619-5234
Email: Hedva.gan.yeladim@gmail.com
Contact: Hedva Yitzhak

Hedva Yitzhak, founding director of Pearl of Israel Home Daycare, is a driven, energetic, educational leader in Jewish studies with an expertise in teaching modern Hebrew. With a passion for the development of young children's Jewish identity both academically and culturally, Hedva is motivated with a vision to instill the passion for continued Jewish growth and learning. Open to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, POI is a Hebrew spoken program that 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!

Sager Solomon Schechter Day School *

Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago
3210 Dundee Road
Northbrook
IL
60062
Phone: 847-415-5654
Fax: 847-498-5837
Email: hillary.dunn@schechter.org
URL: www.schechter.org
Contact: Hillary Dunn, Director of Admissions and Enrollment

Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago is an independent Jewish Day School where our unique combination of General and Judaic Studies imparts a deeply-rooted values system enabling critical thinkers to thrive. From our Ginsburg Solomon Schechter Early Childhood Center in Skokie, to our Sager Solomon Schechter (K-8) in Northbrook, we ignite our students' Jewish souls, educate them to their highest potential, and empower them to use their knowledge, skills, and creativity to enrich our world. Schechter's award-winning faculty and staff focus on developing students as learners whose passion and drive enables them to create a true impact on the future. A firm grounding in Jewish values and traditions creates a meaningful framework for our student's moral and character development. At SSDS, children gain more than academic strength, they gain the strength of identity. Our families gain a strong and vibrant community that shares a commitment to academic excellence and Jewish life.  

Shaarei Chinuch Day School *

2740 W Touhy Ave
Chicago
IL
60645
Phone: 773-789-9579
Email: office@scdayschool.com
Contact: Musky Kulek

A Jewish Montessori day school for ages 3 years old through third grade. We integrate Judaism with the Montessori method to give each child a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience catered to his/her unique strengths and talents. Each child works at their own pace, using specialized hands-on learning materials, with individual instruction from the teachers, in the way that works best for them. Our program includes a comprehensive Judaic and secular curriculum, as well as a special focus on kindness, respect, and care for each other and the world around us. Our unique classroom style fosters self-esteem, confidence, and a love of learning. 

Sinai Preschool

15 W. Delaware Place
Chicago
IL
60610
Phone: (312) 867-7000 , (312) 867-7010
URL: http://www.chicagosinai.org/preschool
Contact: Fern Katz, Early Childhood Director

Preschool and Parent-Tot classes 0-5 years old. NAEYC accredited preschool for children 2-5 years old. Optional early care,enrichment classes and extended day.

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.

The Children's Center

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

Tiny Tots Incorporated

2603-2611 N. Halsted
Chicago
IL
60614
Phone: (773) 240-4615
Email: tinytotsinc@gmail.com
URL: http://www.tinytotsincorporated.com
Contact: Hadas Cohen

A Hebrew immersion childcare center for children from 6 weeks up to 6 years of age. Tiny Tots Incorporated was founded in 2008 by a loving Israeli-American mother with four young children of her own. Unique Hebrew immersion program enables children to learn in a truly bilingual environment with exposure to Jewish, Israeli and American culture. Nutritious kosher meals and snacks are provided. Full time care available between 7:30am - 6:00pm Monday thru Friday. 

Torah Academy

Suburban Alliance for Jewish Education
720 Armstrong Drive
Buffalo Grove
IL
60089
Phone: (773) 771-2613
Email: office@TorahAcademy.com
URL: http://www.TorahAcademy.com
Contact: Rabbi Shimon Zehnwirth

Torah Academy offers a full day general studies curriculum, with full range of math, STEM science, social studies, language arts, PE, music, art as taught in the public school system, combined with Judaic subjects and Hebrew skill-building-imparting the timeless wisdom that develops faith-based Jewish values and personal growth. Preschool through eighth grade for Jewish children of all backgrounds. Small class sizes ensure individual attention and tailored educational program for each child. Our excellent academics and meaningful program of Jewish traditions will empower each child to achieve his or her maximum potential. Warm, caring, professional teachers build confidence and self-esteem, developing the refined character traits that will ensure success in life.

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: lapplebey@wsthz.org
URL: http://www.wsthz.org
Contact: Lorrie Applebey, Director of Early Childhood Education

At the Temple Har Zion Early Childhood Center, our mission is to foster an energetic and innovative learning community where child-focused exploration, creativity, collaboration and Jewish tradition inspire the curriculum while creating a lifelong love of learning. We offer full and half day options for children ages 2-5. five days a week, with optional lunch and enrichment classes. We accept children into the 2-year-old program in diapers and partner with the families when toilet training. Come join our family! 

What's New in the Guide

JCYS Sunflower Day Camp - Lincoln Square

Sunflower Day Camp for children aged 15 months-5 years is a fun-filled introduction to summer adventures. Campers take advantage of all the amenities available during the school year with extra summer fun including weekly in-house "field trips." 

JCYS Sunflower Day Camp - Wicker Park

Sunflower Day Camp for children aged 15 months-5 years is a fun-filled introduction to summer adventures. Campers take advantage of all the amenities available during the school year with extra summer fun including weekly in-house "field trips." 

JCYS North Suburban Day Camp

Description: A typical day is anything but. Our variety camp offers all the classic summer camp activities and experiences but we don't stop there. Our specialty track program allows your camper to dive a little deeper into sports, the arts, and nature. JCYS North has the classic day camp experience and specialty programming rolled into one.