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JCC Chicago Early Childhood at Am Shalom

840 Vernon Ave.
Glencoe, IL 60022


Jody Benishay, Director

Jody holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelors of Science degree from Michigan State University. She recently completed her fellowship with JECELI, the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute. As a member of this cohort, Jody had the opportunity to engage in Jewish leadership development, learning through text study, reflective practice in a Jewish social context and community building. She has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 20 years and has taught children ages two through five years old.

Programs at Am Shalom

For ages 15 months – 4 years


18 months – 4 years
Students make friends while building the social, emotional and academic skills needed for success in kindergarten and beyond.


15 months – 4 years
Activities to promote your child’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development, plus family programs that build community.

Preschool Summer Camp

18 months – 3 years
Engage your child’s imagination during the summer through hands-on experiences in music, water-play, exploration and art.

Classroom Spaces

Our classrooms are thoughtfully designed for each specific age group using natural elements and great attention to detail. Each space becomes a home away from home, a place where children can learn and explore the world around them.

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Events at Am Shalom

Registration & Pricing
2019-20 School Year

Half-Day Preschool

9 months: 9/3/19–5/22/20
All ages are as of Sept 1, 2019

2-Day Transitional*Under 2 yrsW/F9:15-10:30am$2709
2-Day 2s2 yrsT/Th9:00-11:45am$3809
3-Day 2s2 yrsM/T/Th9:00-11:45am$5709
4-Day 2s2 yrsM/T/W/Th9:00-11:45am$7309
3-Day 3s3 yrsM/W/F9:00-11:45am$5309
5-Day 3s3 yrsM-F9:00-11:45am$7309
5-Day 3s (Extended Day)3 yrsM-F11:45am-2:00pm$4109
5-Day 4s4 yrsM-F9:00-11:45am$730 – Call for Space Availability9
5-Day 4s (Extended Day)4 yrsM-F11:45am-2:00pm$4109
*Class runs to 10:45am beginning mid-January
New Child Registration  Returning Child Registration


Preschool/Camp Combos

All ages are as of Sept 1, 2019

Combo WithProgramAgeCamp Days | Preschool DaysPrice/mo
Apachi Village8 Week Camp + 5-Day 3s (10 mos)3 yrsM-F | M-F$722
Apachi Village8 Week Camp + 5-Day 4s (10 mos)4 yrsM-F | M-F$722
‘Z’ Frank Apachi8 Week Camp + 5-Day 4s (10 mos)4 yrsM-F | M-F$887
New Child Registration  Returning Child Registration


Preschool Summer Camp

8 weeks: 6/7/19–8/9/19
All ages are as of Sept 1, 2019

2-Day Little Travelers18-24 mosM/W10:15-11:45am$526
2-Day Little Travelers24-36 mosM/W10:15-11:45am$526
2-Day Little Travelers18-24 mosT/Th10:15-11:45am$493
2-Day Little Travelers24-36 mosT/Th10:15-11:45am$493
3-Day On My Own2 yrsM/T/Th9:30-11:30am$976
4-Day On My Own2 yrsM/T/W/Th9:30-11:30am$1,257
3-Day Little Explorers3 yrsM/T/Th9:30-11:30am$986
4-Day Little Explorers3 yrsM/T/W/Th9:30-11:30am$1,271
Lunch Bunch (option)2-3 yrsM11:30am-12:15pm$68
Lunch Bunch (option)2-3 yrsT11:30am-12:15pm$68
Lunch Bunch (option)2-3 yrsW11:30am-12:15pm$68
Lunch Bunch (option)2-3 yrsTh11:30am-12:15pm$60


Half-Day Preschool

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Incentives, Policies & Forms


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After Registration

You will need to complete various forms electronically. At the link below you can find the following:

  • Intake Forms
  • Parent Guide
  • Early Childhood Code of Honor
  • Summary of DCFS Licensing Standards
  • Late Pick-up Policy

Get The Forms


Registration Policies 2019-20

Registration is on a first-come first-served basis. We are unable to guarantee spots. Re-enrolling participants, their siblings, and alumni are given a two week priority registration period. If a class is full, you will be notified and placed on a waiting list. If your class is closed or cancelled, JCC staff will contact you to help you choose another class. Registrations are not processed on Shabbat.

There is a $500 deposit at the time of registration. $250 is applied toward your first installment, $250 is a non-refundable registration fee.

A $25 processing fee will be assessed for changes in program registration.

Payment Policy

Educational services must be paid for by automatic bank draft or credit card. For anyone choosing to pay for long term programming by credit card, a 2% non-refundable convenience charge will be applied.

Half-Day Preschool

Program fees are due in 9 equal installments beginning in June 2019. Other payment options may be arranged by contacting your director.

Daycare, Full-Day Preschool

Program fees are due in 10 or 12 equal installments beginning in June 2019. Other payment options may be arranged by contacting your director.

Refunds are not given for illness, vacation, holidays or temporary child care arrangements and participants may not switch days due to illness or school closure.

All cancellations must be in writing.

Daycare, Full-Day Preschool

All cancellations must be made in writing at least one month (30 days) in advance in order to cancel remaining payment obligations. The participant will be responsible for payment during this 30 day cancellation period.

Half-Day Preschool

Fees paid for programs cancelled after June 15, 2018 will not be refunded.

Early Childhood/Day Camp Combo

There will be a $500 fee assessed for cancellations after April 15. There will be a $1000 fee assessed for cancellations after May 15.


Pro-rations will be completed for a late start or early leave on a full week basis.

If we determine that continued participation in JCC programs or services is not appropriate, JCC reserves the right to discontinue services. In such circumstances, any unused portion of program fees paid to date will be refunded. The JCC reserves the right to cancel the enrollment of a child for reasons not limited to the following; failure to observe the rules of the JCC as outlined in the Parent Guide and Code of Honor, special needs of a child that cannot be adequately met with current staffing, physical and/ or verbal abuse of staff or children by adult or child, or non-payment of fees.

If your child is new to JCC Early Childhood programs, you must bring his/her original birth certificate to verify age. We will make and retain a copy, and return the original to you. Please note this policy is mandated by The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

In the event of an emergency closure due to weather or other unforeseen causes, you will be notified through Kaymbu. Updates will also be available on our website at jccchicago.org. Refunds will not be given for weather related or other closings that are out of our control.

For each child enrolled in JCC Chicago Early Childhood programming, the parent (or legal guardian) must provide a current immunization record appropriate for the child’s age and a health form signed by the child’s physician or health department representative prior to the first day of the program. If the physical condition of the child is such that any one or more of the immunizing agents should not be administered, the examining physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant responsible for the performance of the health examination shall endorse that fact upon the health examination form. No other exceptions to scheduled immunizations are permitted within JCC Chicago Early Childhood programming. It is the responsibility of the parent (or legal guardian) to update their file when the health records change.

NAEYC Accreditation

Each JCC Early Childhood location has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The NAEYC accreditation signifies that our Early Childhood program meets this gold standard for excellence in Early Childhood education.


We would love to have you visit us!

Taking a tour offers families a chance to meet our Directors, see our classes in action, and learn more about our unique educational approach.

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