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Explore Jewish early childhood programs near you.

Find the right place to help your child grow, learn and love every day.

Finder Shape

Explore Jewish early childhood programs near you.

Find the right place to help your child grow, learn and love every day.

Hyde Park

Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

  • Half & full day
  • 12 months – 8th grade

Akiba-Schechter welcomes all families and children to become a part of its diverse community of families. The school creates a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment for children to learn through active exploration and play. Children develop a sense of independence and autonomy, as well as an ability to understand the needs and concerns of others. Trained in an approach called Reggio-Inspired Learning, teachers believe that children are capable and competent, and that they have the right to the best education possible.

5235 S. Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615
773-493-8880
Lakeview

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

  • Half & full day
  • 3 years – 8th grade

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century. From Early Childhood through Middle School, they inspire students to love learning through innovative teaching, hands-on exploration and discovery. Plus, the individualized attention your children will receive is unrivaled; they offer a 5:1 student-teacher ratio—the very lowest in the city. Rigorous general studies and comprehensive Jewish learning are always wrapped in the warmth and values of our unique Jewish community.

3751 North Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 60613
773-281-1858
North Center

Chicago Jewish Day School

  • Half & full day
  • 4 years – 8th grade

Chicago Jewish Day School offers an insightful and progressive curriculum that integrates the breadth and diversity of Jewish heritage into a rich academic, student-centered curriculum. This warm and welcoming school is committed to academic excellence, grounded in educational research and driven by best practice. Using a Jewish lens, teachers educate the whole child by integrating subject matter, providing an experiential educational model, and focusing on the social-emotional development of children as a way to enhance higher academic achievement.

3730 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
773-271-2700
Lakeview

Gan Shalom Early Childhood Program

  • Half & full day
  • 2 years – 5 years

Gan Shalom's early childhood education program provides a warm, safe environment that meets the needs of young children and their parents. The dedicated staff places an emphasis on social-emotional development, making the development of positive self-image and Jewish identity central to their daily work in the classrooms. Gan Shalom is an inclusive program that welcomes families with young children.

3480 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60657
773-525-4867
West Rogers Park

Bernard Horwich JCC

  • Half & full day
  • 2 years – 5 years

JCC Chicago Early Childhood uniquely prepares children for the next steps in their educational journey. Warm and nurturing educators, directors, enrichment specialists and comprehensive social services teams work purposefully as children are engaged in active learning in state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor classrooms. Fueled by curiosity and play-based learning, the schools create an optimal environment, encouraging independence, resilience and collaboration. JCC Chicago is NAEYC accredited and is committed to their educators’ continued professional development.

3003 W. Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
773-516-5881
Lakeview

Florence G. Heller JCC

  • Half & full day
  • 6 weeks – 5 years

JCC Chicago Early Childhood uniquely prepares children for the next steps in their educational journey. Warm and nurturing educators, directors, enrichment specialists and comprehensive social services teams work purposefully as children are engaged in active learning in state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor classrooms. Fueled by curiosity and play-based learning, the schools create an optimal environment, encouraging independence, resilience and collaboration. JCC Chicago is NAEYC accredited and is committed to their educators’ continued professional development.

524 W Melrose St, Chicago, IL 60657
773-938-8345
Lincoln Square

JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center

  • Half & full day
  • 15 months – 5 years

Featuring seven classrooms and large playrooms, and adjacent to local favorite Vogle Park, the family center welcomes parents, grandparents and the whole extended family to become part of the community! The curriculum includes bringing nature into the classroom to promote exploration-based science education. The educational guidance ensures children get the most out of what they naturally do anyway: explore the world and learn about everything in it. Staff communicates regularly with families to ensure parents stay informed about their children’s development.

2112 W. Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
773-281-2533
Wicker Park

JCYS Michael R. Lutz Family Center

  • Half & full day
  • 15 months – 5 years

The Michael R. Lutz Family Center JCYS Wicker Park provides exceptional early childhood education in an intentionally designed state-of-the-art facility. The Reggio-inspired classrooms foster children's social-emotional, intellectual and physical growth in a joyful, child-centered environment. The emergent curriculum encourages children to develop a lifelong love of learning. JCYS Wicker Park strives to include families of all faiths in our celebration of Jewish culture and traditions.

2129 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
773-281-2533
West Rogers Park

Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov

  • Half & full day
  • 4 years – 8th grade

Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov – Yeshivas Tiferes Tzvi is dedicated to transmitting the values and lifestyle of Orthodox Jewish tradition while providing a strong, comprehensive secular education. The school recognizes and respects the dignity of all students, and strives to maximize individual strengths and achievements in a positive, supportive learning environment based on Torah, mitzvos, tzedakah and limud.

3200 W Peterson Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
773-583-5329
Lincoln Park

Moadon Kol Chadash-Gan Gani

  • Half & full day
  • 9 months – 5 years

Gan Gani is a Hebrew Immersion preschool offered by Moadon Kol Chadash. Using a play-based approach, Gan Gani offers an exceptional early childhood education that develops children’s mind, body and souls. Gani Gani is housed in a state-of-the-art facility with updated security, provides home-cooked kosher meals and offers a low student-to-teacher ratio. Gan Gani welcomes all types of Jewish observance and exposure to Hebrew, including non-Hebrew speaking families, and offers a flexible schedule.

2464 N. Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
773-661-6340
West Rogers Park

Shaarei Cinuch Montessori Day School

  • Half & full day
  • 3 years – 4th grade

Shaarei Chinuch Day School is a Jewish Montessori school providing the greater Chicagoland Jewish community with a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience in both secular and Judaic studies. Children benefit from the individual learning style which focuses on each of their unique strengths to help them develop their full potential. With caring staff and exciting learning materials, Shaarei Chinuch provides children and their families with a high quality, child-centered educational experience.

2740 W Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
847-477-8441
Gold Coast

Sinai Preschool

  • Half day
  • 2 years – 5 years

Sinai Preschool is an inclusive, NAEYC accredited, early childhood center welcoming all families. Offering half day preschool, extended care and parent-child classes, their motto is “Let’s Learn Together!” Families love how a community of parents, teachers and children naturally come together through curriculum, approach to learning and shared values. The high-quality staff of professional educators, beautiful classrooms and attached playground promote exploration and discovery, as well as nurturing, warmth and love. Connect with them at Sinai Preschool!

15 W. Delaware Place, Chicago, IL 60610
312-867-7010
West Rogers Park

Yeshiva Ohr Baruch

  • Half day
  • 4 years – 8th grade

Yeshiva Ohr Boruch, the Veitzener Cheder, is patterned after the Chassidic Chadorim of pre-WWII Europe. Its Limudei Kodesh are taught in Yiddish. It has a state-recognized program of General Studies and a Resource Department that covers the entire spectrum of learners, from remediation to enrichment. Emphasis is on developing love of G-d, Torah, mitzvos and one’s fellow people, and appropriate standards of moral and ethical conduct.

2828 W Pratt Avenue, Chicago, IL 60645
773-262-0885
Skokie

Arie Crown Hebrew Day School

  • Half & full day
  • 3 years – 8th grade

Arie Crown Hebrew Day School offers a unique blend of learning and play through a Jewish lens. The trained staff values the importance of our Judaic curriculum interspersed with science, math and language skills, and they encourage children to explore, laugh and grow. Come visit soon!

4915 Conrad Street, Skokie, IL 60077
847-982-9191
Evanston

JCC Chicago Early Childhood at Beth Emet Synagogue

  • Half & full day
  • 6 weeks – 5 years

JCC Chicago Early Childhood uniquely prepares children for the next steps in their educational journey. Warm and nurturing educators, directors, enrichment specialists and comprehensive social services teams work purposefully as children are engaged in active learning in state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor classrooms. Fueled by curiosity and play-based learning, the schools create an optimal environment, encouraging independence, resilience and collaboration. JCC Chicago is NAEYC accredited and is committed to their educators’ continued professional development.

1224 Dempster, Evanston , IL 60202
312-775-1830
Skokie

Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School

  • Half day
  • 18 months – 8th grade

The preschool at Cheder Lubavitch is a place where young Jewish children receive an exciting, creative and nurturing experience that will provide them with the foundation to grow educationally, socially and spiritually. The program offers small classes with excellent teacher/student ratios, a professional staff of early childhood specialists and a facility equipped with the most educationally sound early childhood equipment and manipulatives.

5201 Howard St, Skokie, IL 60077
847-675-6777
Skokie

Ginsburg Solomon Schechter Day School Early Childhood Center

  • Half & full day
  • 2 years – 8th grade

The Ginsburg Solomon Schechter Day Early Childhood Center values and nourishes the individual qualities that each child brings into the classroom. Every day, our exceptional faculty and staff create lessons that tap into children's sense of wonder and joy about the world. Children are empowered to think critically, take on challenges, build relationships, engage in learning and develop caring and thoughtful action to use throughout their lives.

4500 Dempster Street, Skokie, IL 60076
847-674-3206
Skokie

Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School

  • Half & full day
  • 3 years – 8th grade

Hillel Torah's Preschool is part of a dynamic Modern Orthodox day school. The Preschool offers a progressive, child-centered approach that is rooted in Torah learning and values. The school's developmental approach focuses on allowing children the space to be their authentic selves. Programming seamlessly blends a study of the chagim, tefillot and middot with the exploration of literacy, math, music, art and physical activities.

8825 E. Prairie Road, Skokie, IL 60076
847-674-6533
Evanston

JRC Early Childhood Center

  • Half day
  • 2 years – 5 years

The Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) Early Childhood Center is an enriching and diverse preschool program based on progressive Jewish values, focusing on the importance of relationships between students, teachers and families. Children learn and play together in a nurturing environment designed to foster exploration, inquiries and curiosity, using ideas and inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach.

303 Dodge Ave, Evanston , IL 60202
847-328-7678 x2227
Deerfield

BJBE’s Early Childhood Program at the Chava Center

  • Half day
  • 2 years – 5 years

At BJBE Early Childhood Program at the Chava Center, children and educators are partners in the learning process. Joyful Judaism, love of learning and a caring community infuse each day. Professional educators bring research-based, developmentally appropriate practice to a play-based, relational program. Families are an integral part of the school community and the school is seamlessly connected to the greater congregation.

1201 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield , IL 60015
847-940-7575 x115
Wilmette

BJE Early Childhood Center, Wilmette

  • Half & full day
  • 3 months – 5 years

Board of Jewish Education Early Childhood Center is a relationship-based, non-denominational Jewish program rooted in Jewish values and traditions. Recognizing that just as each child is unique, each family is unique not only in its makeup, but also in its definition of being Jewish. BJE-ECC is a school of excellence that integrates Reggio Emilia philosophy while also incorporating a play-based approach. BJE-ECC empowers the children, educators and families to be successful in life and learners for life.

3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, IL 60091
847-256-4507
Deerfield

BJE Early Childhood Center, Deerfield

  • Half day
  • 3 months – 5 years

Board of Jewish Education Early Childhood Center is a relationship-based, non-denominational Jewish program rooted in Jewish values and traditions. Recognizing that just as each child is unique, each family is unique not only in its makeup, but also in its definition of being Jewish. BJE-ECC is a school of excellence that integrates Reggio Emilia philosophy while also incorporating a play-based approach. BJE-ECC empowers the children, educators and families to be successful in life and learners for life.

1558 Wilmot Road, Deerfield , IL 60015
847-945-8577
Northbrook

BJE Early Childhood Center, Northbrook

  • Half day
  • 2 years – 5 years

Board of Jewish Education Early Childhood Center is a relationship-based, non-denominational Jewish program rooted in Jewish values and traditions. Recognizing that just as each child is unique, each family is unique not only in its makeup, but also in its definition of being Jewish. BJE-ECC is a school of excellence that integrates Reggio Emilia philosophy while also incorporating a play-based approach. BJE-ECC empowers the children, educators and families to be successful in life and learners for life.

3610 Dundee Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062
847-272-4455
Glencoe

Childrenz Center

  • Half day
  • 2 years – 5 years

At Childrenz Center, the professional staff fosters growth and development through a hands-on experience that encourages play, awareness of the world and an appreciation of Judaic culture. The school’s goal is to provide a nurturing and secure environment that promotes healthy, social-emotional, physical, intellectual and Judaic learning of the young child. Consistency and structure, coupled with open communication, creates the best possible atmosphere for the students.

1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
847-702-5172
Glencoe

JCC Chicago Early Childhood at Am Shalom

  • Half day
  • 15 months – 5 years

JCC Chicago Early Childhood uniquely prepares children for the next steps in their educational journey. Warm and nurturing educators, directors, enrichment specialists and comprehensive social services teams work purposefully as children are engaged in active learning in state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor classrooms. Fueled by curiosity and play-based learning, the schools create an optimal environment, encouraging independence, resilience and collaboration. JCC Chicago is NAEYC accredited and is committed to their educators’ continued professional development.

840 Vernon Ave, Glencoe, IL 60022
847-835-0008
Northbrook

Bernard Weinger JCC

  • Half & full day
  • 6 weeks – 5 years

JCC Chicago Early Childhood uniquely prepares children for the next steps in their educational journey. Warm and nurturing educators, directors, enrichment specialists and comprehensive social services teams work purposefully as children are engaged in active learning in state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor classrooms. Fueled by curiosity and play-based learning, the schools create an optimal environment, encouraging independence, resilience and collaboration. JCC Chicago is NAEYC accredited and is committed to their educators’ continued professional development.

300 Revere Dr, Northbrook, IL 60062
224-406-9222
Northbrook

JCC Chicago Early Childhood at ‘Z’ Frank Apachi

  • Half day
  • 20 months – 5 years

JCC Chicago Early Childhood uniquely prepares children for the next steps in their educational journey. Warm and nurturing educators, directors, enrichment specialists and comprehensive social services teams work purposefully as children are engaged in active learning in state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor classrooms. Fueled by curiosity and play-based learning, the schools create an optimal environment, encouraging independence, resilience and collaboration. JCC Chicago is NAEYC accredited and is committed to their educators’ continued professional development.

3050 Woodridge Ln, Northbrook, IL 60062
847-272-8707
Highland Park

JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center

  • Half & full day
  • 6 weeks – 5 years

The JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center is a true family center. Every child is welcomed to learn through play, build confidence, explore the world around them, develop compassion with peers and embrace joy as they form life-long friendships. With a child-centered, emergent curriculum, teachers support the developmental needs of each individual child and lesson plans are based on children’s interests and curiosity—no two classrooms are the same! Lutz is committed to creating a warm and welcoming community for the whole family, with many opportunities to connect and to get involved.

800 Clavey Road, Highland Park , IL 60035
847-433-6001
Deerfield

Moriah Early Childhood Center

  • Half & full day
  • 6 weeks – 5 years

Moriah Early Childhood Center is a caring, compassionate preschool kehillah (community), offering flexible and extended hours. The staff partner with the whole family on their journey of becoming lifelong Jewish learners. As a Reggio-inspired school, teachers, children and families create meaning by questioning, researching, discovering and expressing spiritual wonderings—all through play and exploration. By listening, observing and documenting, ordinary moments become extraordinary. Moriah looks forward to welcoming you.

200 Taub Drive, Deerfield , IL 60015
847-948-8950
Highland Park

Paul S. & Sylvia Steinberg Preschool and NSS Beth El

  • Half day
  • 2 years – 5 years

Rooted in Jewish values, The Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Pre-School at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El educates and inspires children to meaningfully impact the world around them for the betterment of mankind. The school provides a warm and caring environment where the child and family are unconditionally accepted. In addition, the program encourages a love of Judaism and introduces and enhances Jewish customs, Jewish values and a Hebrew vocabulary related to daily preschool activities.

1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park , IL 60035
847-926-7907
Hoffman Estates

Beth Tikvah Congregation Early Childhood Center

  • Half day
  • 2 years – 5 years

At Beth Tikvah Congregation Early Childhood Center (ECC), your child will be part of a warm, nurturing, supportive and inclusive environment where children are provided opportunities to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially and cognitively. The day is balanced between structured learning time and unstructured exploration time. Faculty promote our children's self image and follow a Reggio inspired curriculum that allows children to construct knowledge, and feel they have ownership in learning by doing.

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates , IL 60169
847-885 4545 x107
Lake Zurich

Jacob Duman Early Childhood Ctr. At Lake County JCC

  • Half & full day
  • 6 weeks – 5 years

JCC Chicago Early Childhood uniquely prepares children for the next steps in their educational journey. Warm and nurturing educators, directors, enrichment specialists and comprehensive social services team work purposefully as children are engaged in active learning in state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor classrooms. Fueled by curiosity and play-based learning, the schools create an optimal environment, encouraging independence, resilience and collaboration. JCC Chicago is NAEYC accredited and is committed to their educators’ continued professional development.

23280 North Old McHenry Rd, Lake Zurich , IL 60047
847-901-0621
Buffalo Grove

JCYS Northwest Family Center

  • Half & full day
  • 6 weeks – 5 years

At JCYS Buffalo Grove, the staff and faculty support every child and family with flexible scheduling, family outreach, and a research-based curriculum that teaches social, physical, and academic skills through child-centered play and exploration. The beautiful facility features a dance studio, full-size gym, outdoor playground, and a sunlit indoor atrium where students and teachers gather.

1700 Weiland Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
847-279-0900
Buffalo Grove

Torah Academy

  • Full day
  • 4 years – 8th grade

Torah Academy provides an excellent general and Judaic studies education for Jewish children of all backgrounds. The innovative curriculum and STEM courses challenge your child to excel above and beyond traditional grade levels. Small classes, talented educators and individualized instruction fuel your child's curiosity. From toddler to teenager, your child's mind is nurtured with joyful traditions and a plethora of opportunities for creativity and exploration.

720 Armstrong Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
773-771-2613
Naperville

Congregation Beth Shalom Early Learning Center

  • Half day
  • 2 years – 5 years

The Congregation Beth Shalom Preschool creates a nurturing and stimulating first school experience for young children. Faculty offer a variety of open-ended experiences, stimulating materials and thought-provoking projects to encourage creative problem solving and spark every child’s intelligence and curiosity. The school observes Jewish holidays and teaches Jewish customs and traditions. All children, however, are welcome regardless of race, religion or national origin.

772 W. 5th Ave, Naperville , IL 60563
630-961-1818
Oak Park

Glasser Preschool at Oak Park Temple

  • Half day
  • 2 years – 5 years

Glasser Preschool is a high-quality, NAEYC-accredited and play-based program which allows children to grow and learn in a warm, positive and enriching environment. Optional lunch and enrichment classes are available daily. Jewish values and concepts are woven into daily life in the classrooms, and parents and families are valued members of the school community. Enrollment is open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation.

1235 N. Harlem Avenue, Oak Park , IL 60302
708-386-3937
River Forest

West Suburban Temple Har Zion

  • Half & full day
  • 2 years – 5 years

At Har Zion Early Childhood Center, your family is welcomed into a vibrant and diverse community. With both full and half day programs, professional educators partner with families to develop your child's lifelong love of learning through exploration, creativity, collaboration and Jewish tradition. Learn more about Har Zion's rich and pleasing environment where laughter is key to joyful learning in Reggio inspired mixed age classrooms!

1040 N. Harlem Ave, River Forest, IL 60305
708-366-9000
Long Grove

BJE Early Childhood Center, Long Grove

  • Half day
  • 2 years – 5 years

Board of Jewish Education Early Childhood Center is a relationship-based, non-denominational Jewish program rooted in Jewish values and traditions. Recognizing that just as each child is unique, the faculty recognizes that each family as unique not only in its makeup, but also in its definition of being Jewish. BJE-ECC is a school of excellence that integrates Reggio Emilia philosophy while also incorporating a play based approach. BJE-ECC empowers the children, educators, and families to be successful in life and learners for life.

5304 RFD, Long Grove, IL 60047
847-634-0363

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