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Florence G. Heller JCC

524 W. Melrose St.
Chicago, IL 60657


Infant Care at Florence G. Heller JCC

Rachel Weber, Director

With almost 20 years at JCC Chicago, Rachel draws from her extensive background to work on the planning, development and oversight of early childhood programming. 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.

Programs at Florence G. Heller JCC

For ages 6 weeks – 5 years


6 weeks – 23 months
Our infant care provides a caring, peaceful and trusted environment where your little ones are loved and nurtured.
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2 – 4 years
Students make friends while building the social, emotional and academic skills needed for success in kindergarten and beyond.
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6 weeks – 5 years
Activities to promote your child’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development, plus family programs that build community.

Early Childhood + Apachi Day Camp Combos

4 – 5 years
Save on the cost of camp when you combine Apachi Day Camp with Early Childhood!

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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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 Florence G. Heller JCC

Registration & Pricing
2022-23 School Year


All ages are as of Sept 1, 2022

5-Day Infant/Tot6 wks-14 mosM-F7:30am-6:00pm$2,69012
5-Day Toddlers15-23 mosM-F7:30am-6:00pm$2,58012

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Full-Day Preschool

10-month: Begins 8/29/22
12-month: 8/29/22-8/18/23
All ages are as of Sept 1, 2022

5-Day 2s2 yrsM-F7:30am-6:00pm$2,41012
5-Day 3s3 yrsM-F7:30am-6:00pm$1,97012
5-Day 4s4 yrsM-F7:30am-6:00pm$1,97010

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Half-Day Preschool

All ages are as of Sept 1, 2022

5-Day Toddlers15-23 mosM-F9:00-11:30am$1,3609
5-Day Toddlers15-23 mosM-F9:00am-1:00pm$1,9009
2-Day 2s2 yrsT/Th9:00-11:30am$6009
2-Day 2s2 yrsT/Th9:00am-1:00pm$7509
3-Day 2s2 yrsM/W/F9:00-11:30am$8609
3-Day 2s2 yrsM/W/F9:00am-1:00pm$1,1009
5-Day 2s2 yrsM-F9:00-11:30am$1,2709
5-Day 2s2 yrsM-F9:00am-1:00pm$1,5509
3-Day 3s3 yrsM/W/F9:00-11:30am$7709
3-Day 3s3 yrsM/W/F9:00am-1:00pm$1,1709
5-Day 3s3 yrsM-F9:00-11:30am$1,1309
5-Day 3s3 yrsM-F9:00am-1:00pm$1,6709
5-Day 4s with Lunch4 yrsM-F9:00am-1:00pm$1,6709

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Camp/Preschool Combos

Camp: 6/20/22-7/29/22
Preschool: 8/29/22-8/18/23

All ages are as of Sept 1, 2022

Combo With…ProgramAgeCamp Days | Preschool DaysPrice/mo*Months
Apachi Irving ParkCamp + 5-Day 4s
(Full-Day Preschool)
4 yrsM-F | M-F$1,94012
Apachi Irving ParkCamp + 5-Day 4s
(Half-Day Preschool)
4 yrsM-F | M-F$1,40512
*20% off camp fees will be taken off your final payment

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All ages are as of Sept 1, 2021

5-Day Infant/Tot6 wks-14 mosM-F7:30am-6:00pm$2,59012
5-Day Toddlers15-23 mosM-F7:30am-6:00pm$2,48012

Returning Families  New Families


Full-Day Preschool

10-month: 8/30/21-6/24/22
12-month: 8/30/21-8/19/22
All ages are as of Sept 1, 2021

5-Day 2s2 yrsM-F7:30am-6:00pm$2,32012
5-Day 3s3 yrsM-F7:30am-6:00pm$1,89510
5-Day 4s4 yrsM-F7:30am-6:00pm$1,89510
5-Day Kindergarten5 yrsM-F7:30am-6:00pm$1,89510

Returning Families  New Families


Half-Day Preschool

All ages are as of Sept 1, 2021

2-Day 2s2 yrsT/Th9:00-11:30am$5709
3-Day 2s2 yrsM/W/F9:00-11:30am$8309
3-Day 3s3 yrsM/W/F9:00-11:00am$7409
5-Day 3s3 yrsM-F9:00-11:30am$1,0909
5-Day 4s with Lunch4 yrsM-F9:00am-1:00pm$1,4209

Returning Families  New Families

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 children 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.

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.

What is the refund policy if a classroom or the school has to close for longer than a two week period?
For any closure longer than a two week period, JCC Chicago will provide credit on your account for fees paid. No further payment collection will occur during an extended 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.

JCC Chicago may videotape or photograph participants enrolled in programs, classes and events or while enjoying JCC Chicago facilities. These photographs are for JCC Chicago publications, flyers, publicity efforts, brochures, web use, other electronic communications or video usage. However, for Early Childhood, a program permission form must be signed to allow a child’s picture and name to be used for publicity purposes by JCC Chicago. This policy is mandated by DCFS. All photos and videos are for JCC Chicago use and become the sole property of JCC Chicago. Please contact the Program Director for photographic exclusions.

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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