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Let us help answer your questions!

If you don’t see your question below, please reach out to our Preschool Concierge for guidance.

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There are so many early childhood programs for my family to consider. Why should I choose a Jewish one?

Jewish preschools have warm and knowledgeable school leaders, experienced faculty that are trained in the latest research on how to educate and engage young children, and an atmosphere of genuine care and respect.

Families tell us they love the sense of joy and warmth in Jewish preschools. They feel moved as they watch their children spontaneously sing songs about Shabbat or breathe in the scent of the fresh challah they baked and brought home. Years after they graduate, we hear from families about the friendships they made during the years in our programs—friendships that have stood the test of time.

The answer to this question will surely be as unique as your family, and we believe that there is a Jewish preschool that will meet the hopes and dreams you have for your child and family.

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How do I find out more information about the schools?

To gather more information, click on the link to the school’s website. The Preschool Concierge can also connect you directly to the admissions staff/director of the program.

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How can the Preschool Concierge help my family?

The Preschool Concierge makes the process of learning about Jewish early childhood programs in Chicagoland easy and convenient. If she doesn’t have the answer to your question, she will help you find it! Simply call 312-357-4967 or email preschoolconcierge@juf.org and expect to hear back within 24 hours during normal business hours (9:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday, except legal and Jewish holidays).

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What other opportunities are there for my family to connect with the Jewish community or other Jewish families?

There are so many ways to connect! JUF Young Families brings families together to explore our traditions, celebrate holidays and milestones, build community and work toward a kind and just world. From celebrating new parenthood through jBaby Chicago to sending out free Jewish books and music through PJ Library to gathering together for volunteer experiences, we are committed to helping you find your tribe within Chicago’s Jewish community! Click HERE to find out more.

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How/when do I register for preschool?

Registration typically takes place during November or December for the following school year. But some schools offer rolling admissions. Each school has a different registration process. Be sure to check their website or call for more information.

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How will I know if a school is the right fit for my child and our family?

Good question! There are many choices and our best advice is to go visit the schools and see for yourself. When you talk with the director, tell her/him about your family, try to feel the energy of the school and watch for the quality of relationships you see between teacher and child. Learn about the school with an open heart and trust your instincts. The Preschool Concierge is also available to help you get started with this journey.

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What is the cost for Jewish early childhood education?

Each school has a different pricing structure. Information can either be found on school websites or by calling or visiting. JUF Right Start is our community’s way of saying “welcome!” These gift vouchers for up to $2,000 are available to eligible families sending their infant, toddler or preschool-aged child to a Jewish childhood education program for the first time. For more information, click HERE.

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I have more questions that aren’t answered here. Who can I talk to?

The Preschool Concierge is here to help you find the answers to your question! Click HERE, 312-357-4967 or email preschoolconcierge@juf.org.

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