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Early Childhood Center

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JRC Early Childhood Center provides high-quality early childhood education, with relationships as the foundation of a nurturing, joyful, and stimulating environment that supports children’s unique abilities to explore through play in order to build positive self-esteem and successful patterns of learning and problem-solving, and to develop empathy and appreciation for others. By responding to diverse backgrounds and interests, the JRC Early Childhood Center gives children and families the opportunity to explore Jewish identity and ritual, and to build life-long foundations for learning. 
 

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Early Childhood Class Descriptions Fall 2021

Early Childhood Enrollment for Fall 2021

Early Childhood Tuition Policy


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About our Program

The JRC Early Childhood Center provides a nurturing and stimulating environment to support children’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth.

Everyone is Welcome 

Classroom activities are developed by early childhood professionals who are in tune with our children and their families, and who are responsive to their diverse needs and interests. Our students and families come from all walks of life and diverse family structures. 

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Based on Progressive Jewish Values

Judaic values and traditions are woven into daily activities of fun, experimentation, creative play, and discovery. Jewish holidays and festivals provide a framework for exploration throughout the year, integrating traditions that promote kindness, giving, and justice. Through this exploration in our program—in activity centers, with art materials, songs, movement, playmates, teachers, parents, nature, and more—your child can construct the knowledge to interpret new experiences, develop Jewish identity, and, with their families, build a foundation for lifelong learning.

Relationship-Based Program

At JRC, our classroom practice is based on strong relationships with our students and families. Parents and family members are integrated into their child's preschool experience. Teachers rely on relationships with each other as education professionals to create a compassionate, safe, respectful environment in which children can thrive. The relationship between the Early Childhood program and the JRC community is a vital one, and Early Childhood registration includes membership in the congregation. Students and families can build a relationship with the Rabbi and Cantor as well as other members of JRC. 

Reggio Emilia-Inspired

Children learn in an environment  that is designed to foster exploration, inquiries, and curiosity using an emergent curriculum based on ideas and inspiration from the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.  

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Class Descriptions: Winter/Spring 2021

Eytzim (Trees) (3&4 year-olds): Monday-Friday 9:15-12:00


In the Eytzim preschool class, children learn through play and exploration, and build positive self-esteem, successful patterns of learning and problem-solving, and empathy and appreciation for others. Teachers create a play based, developmental, emergent curriculum in partnership with the children’s interests and learning styles, and integrate literacy, math, science, art, music and movement into daily activities and projects. Children experience Jewish holidays and explore Judaic values throughout the year, and joyfully celebrate Shabbat each week with our JRC clergy.

Tuition: 5-day (9/9/21-6/2/22) - $6350/yr.

Shorashim (Roots) (2 year-olds): Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-11:45

In the Shorashim class, two year-olds’ separation process is individualized to support the transition to preschool and the development of relationships with teachers and peers. 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. Through play, stories, and songs children participate in activities that support social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development, explore Judaic themes and holidays, and celebrate Shabbat each week.

Tuition: 3-day (9/9/21-6/2/22) - $3600/yr.

*The parent/caregiver component of the Fall 2021 Shorashim class will depend on Covid precautions and related licensing regulations at that time. If it is not possible for parents/caregivers to attend the class at the beginning of the year, we will plan instead for multiple class visits and outdoor class time to support the separation process and transition to school.

Extend Your Day 

Early Bird Drop-Off (8:30-9:15) 
Lunch Extended Day (12:00-1:30) 

Children in the Eytzim class are encouraged to extend their day by registering for Lunch Extended Day. Children bring a vegetarian, nut-free lunch from home and eat with their teachers and classmates, providing additional opportunities for social interaction and development. After lunch, children participate in extended projects and rotating activities focused on science, art, music and movement.

Discounted Tuition Provided with Advanced Registration

 

Camp JRC — Summer 2021

June 14th – July 3Oth, 2021 (no camp July 5th)
3-days a week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) 9:15am-12:00pm Ages 3 to 5


Summer fun at Camp JRC includes indoor and outdoor play in a multi-age group with familiar classrooms and friends, and is led by early childhood teachers. Children spend much of the day outside in our nature playground, participating in water play, movement and art activities, nature explorations, and social interaction. When the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor activities, children play inside our Reggio-inspired classrooms, engaging in science, cooking, music, and other activities.

Extend the fun by staying for Lunch Bunch from 12:00-1:00. Children enjoy their lunches from home together and have additional time to play and socialize. Early Drop Off is available from 8:30-9:15. Pre-register for Lunch Bunch and/or Early Drop Off with your Camp registration and receive a discount off the daily drop-in price.
 

Tuition: 7-Week Camp JRC (6/14/21 - 7/30/21): $1,000

Early Drop Off: $170 (or drop-in rate $10/day)
Lunch Bunch: $255 (or drop-in rate $15/day)

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Congregational Membership is Included in Your Early Childhood Experience at JRC

JRC is filled with smart, savvy, creative people who represent a rainbow of passions and priorities. We celebrate community and thrive through our grass-roots, collaborative philosophy. Our focus on Tikkun Olam, life-long learning, and Chesed connect us and sustain us through the challenges we face as individuals, as Haverim, and as members of the global community. It is our pleasure to welcome all of JRC’s Early Childhood families into the JRC family with a gift of membership at no additional fee

If you do choose to contribute to a membership, please know that your financial support plays an important role in JRC’s quest to inspire learning at every age, to offer exceptional, progressive programming and social justice initiatives, and to be there for our members through all of life’s moments, big and small. 

As a JRC member…

  • You will be warmly welcomed as a part of a community that embraces diversity, mutual support, social justice, and the incorporation of Jewish values and traditions in an ever-evolving modern life.
  • You and your immediate family will be connected to JRC’s clergy for life cycle events and support.
  • You’ll be invited to festive social occasions and spiritually nourishing rituals, like Shabbat potlucks, meet & greets, our annual gala, Torah study, and weekly services. And while we are remote, you will be included in loads of online services and community events.
  • You can connect through our members-only Facebook group, stay involved with our email updates, and use our online member portal to access the membership directory, register for school and events, and make secure payments.
  • JRC children have the opportunity to enroll in our Religious school for a bold, authentic Jewish learning experience, and participate in the joyful, sacred ritual of becoming B’nai Mitzvah
  • You’ll receive High Holiday tickets for the adults in your household (children don’t need tickets) and significant discounts on extra tickets for close relatives (like parents).
  • You are eligible (and enthusiastically encouraged) to join the Committees and Task Forces at JRC that reflect your interests. You’re also eligible for election to our Board of Directors and have voting rights. JRC is a participatory community! Our members are integral in creating the environment in which we thrive.

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Find Out More About JRC Early Childhood Center!

To find out more about JRC Early Childhood Center, and Preschool enrollment for Fall 2020, please contact Shelli Patt, Early Childhood Center Director, at spatt@jrc-evanston.org.

You can also view the preschool’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JRCEarlyChildhoodCenter/

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Save Money through JUF Gift

JRC Early Childhood Center is a participant in JUF Right Start. JUF Right Start encourages Jewish early childhood education and strengthen a family’s bond to the Jewish community, JUF Right Start provides Gift Vouchers towards the cost of a Jewish early childhood education. Gift Vouchers from $500 to $2,000 are provided to families sending their children to a Jewish early childhood program for the first time.

This program is funded and administered by the Jewish United. For more information, visit www.juf.org/rightstart

 

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