Program Year

Our September through June classes run for 36 weeks with two vacation weeks in December and one week in the spring. 

Schedule your tour of our Early Childhood Center today! 

One of the best ways to make decisions about an early childhood program is to visit the classrooms and spend time talking with the teachers and the director.  If you would like to schedule a visit, please contact Claudia Rozenberg, Early Childhood Center Director, at [email protected] or 847-328-7678, x2227. 

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Class Details

Drop-In Open Playtime and Tot-Shabbat

Birth–2 years


New for winter 2018! 

Every Friday morning, drop in for JRC’s Open Playtime! Parents, grandparents and caretakers can spend quality time with their toddler ages 0-2 years with the guidance of our Early Childhood Director Claudia Rozenberg. Claudia will lead songs, games and art projects to help foster creative growth, learning, and fun.

Included in Open Playtime is the opportunity to attend our Tot Shabbat with Rabbi Rachel and Cantor Howard. Kids and parents will get to share Shabbat songs, a story, and some challah in this 15 minute introduction to the traditions of Shabbat.

This weekly drop-in program costs $10 per child. We hope you'll join us! Email Claudia at [email protected] to learn more.

Looking to extend your fun? We have a special deal with Little Beans Cafe located right down the street at Asbury and Oakton in Evanston. Let them know that you participated in JRC’s Open Playtime for a discount of four dollars off for your child and a sibling.

2018-2019 Sprout Shabbat Morning Program

Birth–2 years

This class provides time for toddlers and parent/caregiver to spend a relaxing morning together in a warm, stimulating setting, with other children and a nurturing teacher. Art experiences, songs, and stories are offered, as well as an opportunity for exploration and play in a classroom and playroom. Jewish holiday songs and Judaic theme activities are introduced. This class offers a great opportunity for families to meet each other and share experiences. Shabbat is celebrated each week. 

Day: Fridays

Time: 9:30-11:00am

Class size: 6-10 children with caregivers & one teacher

Tuition: $853


2 years old by September 

Parent/caregiver and child attend together at the beginning of the year until children feel secure and comfortable in the classroom and with their teachers. We then begin a gradual and respectful separation process. We introduce Judaic themes and holidays through simple songs, play activities, finger-play, process-art experiences, stories and puppets. We celebrate Shabbat every Thursday with challah, songs and movement. 

Day: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Time: 9:30-11:45am

Class Size: 6-14 children with two to three teachers

Tuition: $3,000 


3 years old by September

Social interaction and exploration through play are emphasized. Jewish holidays become the framework for an immersion in a rich, nurturing environment for experimentation with dramatic play props, art materials, literature, music and movement. Our classroom activities develop in partnership with the children’s interests and learning styles. We celebrate Shabbat each week on Friday morning with our JRC clergy.

Day: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Time: 9:30am-Noon

Class size: 10-16 children with two to three teachers

Tuition: $4,315 


4 years old by September

Social interaction and exploration through play are emphasized. Judaic values and themes are woven into a stimulating environment giving children the time and support to develop their own interests and ideas. Children’s peer relationships and their relationship to the larger community are nurtured through projects, exploration and dramatic play. The children’s growing interest and experimentation with reading and writing are supported with diverse materials and a rich environment of children’s literature. Children participate in our monthly intergenerational program, and the class celebrates a joyful Shabbat each week with our JRC clergy. 

Day: Monday through Friday

Time: 9:15am-Noon

Class size: 10-20 children with two to three teachers

Tuition: $5,955 

Additional Childcare 

Additional childcare is open to all enrolled preschoolers, Monday through Friday.

Early Bird 
8:00am till the beginning of class - $10 per day

Lunch Enrichment
Lunch programs have seperate registration forms and payments. Parents provide lunch or hot lunch option (additional $3). You may pre-register and pay a reduced rate. Drop-ins are welcome, with payment invoiced at the end of the week. 
12:00-1:30pm - $20 per day

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Camp JRC

Summer program for 3-5 year olds

Camp JRC offers a fun, creative and educational program for your children during the summer. Each day will combine indoor and outdoor exploration activities and is designed to help develop an appreciation of nature and to learn about our environment. Teachers will alternate active and quiet play time that will include art, cooking, games, water and sand play, science, stories and singing.

Dates: June - August 

Time: 9:15am - Noon

Tuition: 3 Day Camp ($920)
5 Day Camp ($1,530) 

Early Bird 
Time: 8:30am till the beginning of class 
Pricing: 3 Day Early Bird ($168)
5 Day Early Bird ($ 280)

Lunch Enrichment
Time: Noon-1:00pm
Pricing: 3 Day Lunch Enrichment ($210)
5 Day Lunch Enrichemnt ($350)

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Save Money through JUF Gift Vouchers

If you are enrolling your child in a Jewish Early Childhood Program, you may be eligible for a JUF Gift Voucher, ranging from $500 to $2,000, depending on how many days per week your child attends. The gift vouchers are made possible by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

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