Jacob Duman Early Childhood Center at Lake County JCC

23280 North Old McHenry Rd.
Lake Zurich, IL 60047


Lisa Spewak, Director

Lisa comes to us with more than 30 years of Early Childhood experience as a teacher and administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in Early Childhood Education from National-Louis University. She is a nurturing and gifted educator, a strong leader and a natural at building relationships between children, educators and parents. Lisa is passionate about our environment and the role it plays in our classrooms to inspire learning.

Programs at Jacob Duman Early Childhood Center

Full Day for ages 6 wks-4 yrs

Half-Day for 15 mos-4 yrs


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.

Early Childhood + Apachi Day Camp Combos

3 – 4 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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Registration & Pricing
2022-23 School Year


10-month: 8/29/22-6/30/23
12-month: 8/29/22-8/18/23
All ages are as of Sept 1, 2022

2-Day Infant/Tot6 wks-14 mosT/Th6:45am-5:30pm$1,16010 or 12
3-Day Infant/Tot6 wks-14 mosM/W/F6:45am-5:30pm$1,58010 or 12
5-Day Infant/Tot6 wks-14 mosM-F6:45am-5:30pm$2,07010 or 12
2-Day Toddlers15-23 mosT/Th6:45am-5:30pm$1,14010 or 12
3-Day Toddlers15-23 mosM/W/F6:45am-5:30pm$1,46010 or 12
5-Day Toddlers15-23 mosM-F6:45am-5:30pm$1,99010 or 12



Full-Day Preschool

2 year olds: 10-month: 8/29/22-6/30/23
2 year olds: 12-month: 8/29/22-8/18/23
3 year olds: 10-month: 8/29/22-6/30/23
4 year olds: 10-month: 8/29/22-6/30/23
All ages are as of Sept 1, 2022

2-Day 2s2 yrsT/Th6:45am-5:30pm$1,00010 or 12
3-Day 2s2 yrsM/W/F6:45am-5:30pm$1,24010 or 12
5-Day 2s2 yrsM-F6:45am-5:30pm$1,72010 or 12
3-Day 3s3 yrsM/W/F6:45am-5:30pm$1,21010
5-Day 3s3 yrsM-F6:45am-5:30pm$1,67010
3-Day 4s4 yrsM/W/F6:45am-5:30pm$1,21010
5-Day 4s4 yrsM-F6:45am-5:30pm$1,67010



Half-Day Preschool

All ages are as of Sept 1, 2022

2-Day Transitional Toddlers15-23 mosT/Th9:00am-12:00pm$3809
3-Day 2s2 yrsM/W/F9:00am-12:00pm$5209
4-Day 3s3 yrsM/T/W/F9:00am-12:00pm$6409
5-Day 3s3 yrsM-F9:00am-12:00pm$7209
5-Day 4s4 yrsM-F9:00am-12:00pm$7209



Camp/Preschool Combos

Camp: 6/13/22-8/5/22
Preschool: See Dates Above
Apachi Village: 9:30am-1pm
Elaine Frank Apachi: 9:30am-3pm

All ages are as of Sept 1, 2022

Combo With…ProgramAgeCamp Days |
Preschool Days
Apachi VillageCamp + 4-Day 3s (Half-Day)3 yrsM-F | M/T/W/F$59612
Apachi VillageCamp + 5-Day 3s (Half-Day)4 yrsM-F$64812
Apachi VillageCamp + 5-Day 4s (Half-Day)4 yrsM-F$64812
Elaine Frank ApachiCamp + 4-Day 3s (Half-Day)3 yrsM-F | M/T/W/F$77512
Elaine Frank ApachiCamp + 5-Day 3s (Half-Day)3 yrsM-F $82612
Elaine Frank ApachiCamp + 5-Day 3s (Full-Day)3 yrsM-F$1,69812
Elaine Frank ApachiCamp + 5-Day 4s (Full-Day)4 yrsM-F$1,69812
Elaine Frank ApachiCamp + 5-Day 3s (Full-Day)
w/ Before Care
3 yrsM-F$1,74412
Elaine Frank ApachiCamp + 5-Day 4s (Full-Day)
w/ Before Care
4 yrsM-F$1,74412
Elaine Frank ApachiCamp + 5-Day 3s (Full-Day)
w/ After Care
3 yrsM-F$1,76612
Elaine Frank ApachiCamp + 5-Day 4s (Full-Day)
w/ After Care
4 yrsM-F$1,76612
Elaine Frank ApachiCamp + 5-Day 3s (Full-Day)
w/ Before & After Care
3 yrsM-F$1,81212
Elaine Frank ApachiCamp + 5-Day 4s (Full-Day)
w/ Before & After Care
4 yrsM-F$1,81212
*20% off camp fees will be taken off your final payment

Please note: Due to record inflation there will be a one-time surcharge of $25/week per camper for the camp portion of your combo to support a rise in direct costs including counselor pay. Given the important role of our summer staff, we have increased their pay to ensure our ability to hire the very best team for our campers.

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 non-refundable $500 registration fee; $250 of this fee 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 2022 (for the 22-23 school year). Other payment options may be arranged by contacting Customer Solutions at

Daycare, Full-Day Preschool

Program fees are due in 10 or 12 equal installments beginning in June 2022 (for the 22-23 school year). Other payment options may be arranged by contacting Customer Solutions at

Early Childhood/Day Camp Combo

Program fees are due in 12 installments in April 2022 (for the 22 camp season and 22-23 school year). Other payment options may be arranged by contacting Customer Solutions at

Refunds are not given for illness, covid room closures, 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?
JCC Chicago will not be offering credits/refunds for classroom closures or absence from school due to COVID-19.

All cancellations must be in writing.

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

Cancellations will only be accepted with 30-days notice in order to cancel remaining payment obligations, and must be made in writing. 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 and 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.

Although the COVID-19 vaccination is not currently required, JCC Chicago is requesting proof of vaccination if your child has been vaccinated. If your child is fully vaccinated and not showing symptoms of illness, they will not have to quarantine if there is an exposure.

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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