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Florence G. Heller JCC

524 W. Melrose St.
Chicago, IL 60657

  773.938.8340
  7:30am–6:00pm

Rachel Weber, Director

With 17 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 – 4 years

Daycare

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

Preschool

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

Programs

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

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.

Virtual Tour

Gymnasium Improvements

Renovations on the gymnasium at Florence G. Heller JCC are underway! Exciting changes are coming this summer including, refinished floors, a brand-new stage, and more storage space.

Events at Florence G. Heller JCC

Nov
18
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Have fun with your little one and connect with other families when you Stay & Play at the J! Our infant toddler play spaces have been expertly designed with the littlest hands, feet, and bodies in...
Nov
21
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Have fun with your little one and connect with other families when you Stay & Play at the J! Our infant toddler play spaces have been expertly designed with the littlest hands, feet, and bodies in...
Nov
25
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Have fun with your little one and connect with other families when you Stay & Play at the J! Our infant toddler play spaces have been expertly designed with the littlest hands, feet, and bodies in...
Registration & Pricing
2020-21 School Year

Daycare

8/31/20–8/20/21
All ages are as of Sept 1, 2020

ProgramAgeDaysTimePrice/moMonths
5-Day Infant/Tot6 wks-14 mosM-F7:30am-6:00pm$2,51012
5-Day Toddlers15-23 mosM-F7:30am-6:00pm$2,41012

New Child, Returning Family  Returning Child Registration

 

Full-Day Preschool

10-month: 8/31/20-6/25/21
12-month: 8/31/20-8/20/21
All ages are as of Sept 1, 2020

ProgramAgeDaysTimePrice/moMonths
5-Day 2s2 yrsM-F7:30am-6:00pm$2,25012
5-Day 3s3 yrsM-F7:30am-6:00pm$1,84010
5-Day 4s4 yrsM-F7:30am-6:00pm$1,78010

New Child, Returning Family  Returning Child Registration

 

Half-Day Preschool

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

ProgramAgeDaysTimePrice/moMonths
2-Day 2s2 yrsT/Th9:00-11:30am$5609
3-Day 3s3 yrsM/W/F9:00-11:30am$7209
5-Day 4s4 yrsM-F9:00am-1:00pm$1,3809

New Child, Returning Family  Returning Child Registration

 

Camp/Preschool Combos

Camp: 6/29/20–8/14/20
Preschool: 8/31/20-6/25/21 (Full Day)
Preschool: 9/8/20-5/28/21 (Half Day)

All ages are as of Sept 1, 2020

Combo With…ProgramAgeCamp Days | Preschool DaysPrice/moMonths
Apachi NorthsideCamp + 5-Day 4s (Full-Day Preschool)4 yrsM-F | M-F$1,72012
Apachi NorthsideCamp + 5-Day 4s (Half-Day Preschool)4 yrsM-F | M-F$1,27012
Apachi Village Lincoln ParkCamp + 5-Day 3s (Half-Day Preschool)3 yrsM-F | M-F$95512
Apachi Village Lincoln ParkCamp + 5-Day 4s (Half-Day Preschool)4 yrsM-F | M-F$1,19512

Returning Child Registration

2019-20

Daycare

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

ProgramAgeDaysTimePrice/moMonths
5-Day Infant/Tot6 wks-15 mosM-F7:30am-6:00pm$2,435 – Call for Space Availability12
5-Day Toddlers15-23 mosM-F7:30am-6:00pm$2,35512
New Child Registration  Returning Child

 

Full-Day Preschool

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

ProgramAgeDaysTimePrice/moMonths
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

ProgramAgeDaysTimePrice/moMonths
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

Incentives, Policies & Forms

Incentives

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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. Re-enrolling participants, their siblings, and alumni are given a one 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 Chicago staff will contact you to help you choose another class. Registrations are not processed on Shabbat.

New families and siblings of existing 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.)

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 2020 (for the 20-21 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 2020 (for the 20-21 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, 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. Payments made prior to cancellation are non-refundable.

Half-Day Preschool

Fees paid for programs cancelled after June 15 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.

Prorating

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 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 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 Chicago 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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