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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.

What Makes Us Different?

It is our passion and our privilege to provide your children with endless opportunities to learn, grow and explore. Deep understanding, love, support and care of every child is paramount to what we do. Our days are filled with music, creativity, outdoor playtime, celebrations of Jewish values and continuous exploration of the world around us.

Classrooms are the first community and we are so proud of those we build together every day.

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Play Pals

Join our facilitated peer relationship group for 3-5 year olds. Did you know that social-emotional competence is one of the most important predictors of children’s academic performance in elementary school?

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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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Registration & Pricing
2021-22 School Year

Half-Day Preschool

9 months: 9/9/21–5/27/22
All ages are as of Sept 1, 2021

2-Day Transitional*Under 2 yrsW/F9:30-10:45am$2859
2-Day 2s2 yrsT/Th9:15-12:00am$4109
3-Day 2s2 yrsM/T/Th9:15-12:00am$5909
4-Day 2s2 yrsM/T/W/Th9:15-12:00am$7509
3-Day 3s
(Please call for space availability)
3 yrsM/W/F9:00-11:45am$5909
5-Day 3s3 yrsM-F9:00-11:45am$7609
5-Day 4s4 yrsM-F9:00-11:45am$7609
*Class runs 9:30-10:45am until mid January, then runs 9:30-11:15am.

Returning Families  New Families


Camp/Preschool Combos

Camp: 6/21/21–8/13/21
Preschool: 9/9/21–5/27/22
All ages are as of Sept 1, 2021

Combo WithProgramAgeCamp Days | Preschool DaysPrice/moMonths
Apachi VillageCamp + 5-Day 3s3 yrsM-F | M-F$77512
Apachi VillageCamp + 5-Day 4s4 yrsM-F | M-F$78012
‘Z’ Frank ApachiCamp + 5-Day 4s4 yrsM-F | M-F$1,04612

Returning Families  New Families


Half-Day Preschool

9 months: 9/8/20–5/28/21
All ages are as of Sept 1, 2020

2-Day Transitional*Under 2 yrsW/F9:15-10:30am$2759
2-Day 2s2 yrsT/Th9:00-11:45am$3959
3-Day 2s2 yrsM/T/Th9:00-11:45am$5759
4-Day 2s2 yrsM/T/W/Th9:00-11:45am$7459
3-Day 3s
(Please call for space availability)
3 yrsM/W/F9:00-11:45am$5759
5-Day 3s
(Please call for space availability)
3 yrsM-F9:00-11:45am$7559
5-Day 4s
(Please call for space availability)
4 yrsM-F9:00-11:45am$7559
*Class runs 9:15-10:30am until mid January, then runs 9:15-11am.





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

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Registration Policies

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. We are unable to guarantee spots. If a class is full, you will be notified and placed on a waiting list. If your class is closed or cancelled, JCC Chicago staff will contact you to help you choose another class. Registrations are not processed on Shabbat.

New families will incur a $500 registration fee; $250 will be applied towards first installment. Families applying for fee assistance will incur a non-refundable $250 registration fee.

Returning children do not pay a registration fee. New siblings will incur a one-time, non-refundable $250 registration fee.

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

A $20 fee will be automatically charged to your account for any returned payments.

Payment Policy

Educational services must be paid for by automatic bank draft or credit card. For anyone choosing to pay for programming by credit card, a 3% non-refundable convenience charge will be applied.

Half-Day Preschool

Program fees are due in 9 equal installments beginning in June 2021 (for the 21-22 school year). Other payment options may be arranged by contacting Customer Solutions at support@jccchicago.org.

Daycare, Full-Day Preschool

Program fees are due in 10 or 12 equal installments beginning in June 2021 (for the 21-22 school year). Other payment options may be arranged by contacting Customer Solutions at support@jccchicago.org.

Early Childhood/Day Camp Combo

Program fees are due in 12 installments in April 2021 (for the 21 camp season and 21-22 school year). Other payment options may be arranged by contacting Customer Solutions at support@jccchicago.org.

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, Half-Day Preschool, Full-Day Preschool; Early Childhood + Day Camp Combo Programs

All cancellations must be made in writing at least one month (30 days) in advance in order to cancel remaining payment obligations. Accounts will not be drawn during this 30-day period. Payments made prior to cancellation are non-refundable. Your $500 deposit, ($250 if you applied for financial assistance) is non-refundable.

If we determine that continued participation in JCC Chicago programs or services is not appropriate, JCC Chicago reserves the right to discontinue services. In such circumstances, any unused portion of program fees paid to date will be refunded. JCC Chicago reserves the right to cancel the enrollment of a child for reasons not limited to the following; failure to observe the rules of JCC Chicago 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 Chicago Early Childhood programs, you must bring their 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(s) at jccchicagoearlychildhood.org and jccchicago.org. Refunds will not be given for weather related or other closings that are out of our control.

IL Dept. of Children and Family Services requires all licensed programs to have a policy in place regarding immunizations. 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. JCC Chicago requires evidence of immunization against diseases including polio, measles, rubella, mumps, diphtheria, pertussis, tentanus, HIB, hepatitis B, and varicella.

NAEYC Accreditation

JCC Chicago Early Childhood 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 speak with you!

Taking a virtual tour offers families a chance to “meet” our Directors, learn about our indoor and outdoor classrooms, and discuss our unique educational approach.

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