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Florence G. Heller JCC

524 W. Melrose St.
Chicago, IL 60657


Rachel Weber, Director

Rachel holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. Prior to joining JCC Chicago, she was a supervisor and adjunct professor in the Education Department at Northeastern Illinois University. Rachel draws from her extensive background to work on the planning, development and oversight of early childhood programming.

Programs at Florence G. Heller JCC

For ages 6 weeks – 4 years


6 weeks – 23 months
Our infant care provides a caring, peaceful and trusted environment where your little ones are loved and nurtured.


2 – 4 years
Students make friends while building the social, emotional and academic skills needed for success in kindergarten and beyond.


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

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
2019-20 School Year


10 months: 8/26/19–5/22/20
All ages are as of Sept 1, 2019

5-Day Infant/Tot6 wks-15 mosM-F7:30am-6:00pm$2,435 – Call for Space Availability10
5-Day Toddlers15-23 mosM-F7:30am-6:00pm$2,35510
New Child Registration  Returning Child


Full-Day Preschool

12 months: 8/26/19–8/21/20
All ages are as of Sept 1, 2019

5-Day 2s2 yrsM-F7:30am-6:00pm$2,23012
5-Day 3s3 yrsM-F7:30am-6:00pm$1,83010
5-Day 4s4 yrsM-F7:30am-6:00pm$1,77010
New Child Registration  Returning Child Registration


Half-Day Preschool

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

2-Day 2s2 yrsT/Th9:00-11:30am$5509
3-Day 2s2 yrsM/W/F9:00-11:30am$7909
3-Day 3s3 yrsM/W/F9:00-11:30am$7209
5-Day 3s3 yrsM-F9:00-11:30am$1,0609
5-Day 4s4 yrsM-F9:00am-1:00pm$1,3809
New Child Registration  Returning Child Registration


Preschool/Camp Combos

All ages are as of Sept 1, 2019

Combo With…ProgramAgeCamp Days | Preschool DaysPrice/mo
Apachi Northside7 Week Camp + 5-Day 4s (Full-Day Preschool 10 / mos)4 yrsM-F | M-F$1,707
Apachi Northside7 Week Camp + 5-Day 4s (Half-Day Preschool 10 / mos)4 yrsM-F | M-F$1,265
Apachi Lincoln Park7 Week Camp + 5-Day 3s (Half-Day Preschool / 10 mos)3 yrsM-F | M-F$952
Apachi Lincoln Park7 Week Camp + 5-Day 4s (Half-Day Preschool 10 / mos)4 yrsM-F | M-F$1,192
New Child Registration  Returning Child Registration


Daycare, Half-Day Preschool, Full-Day Preschool

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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.


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