Ages 5 years

Florence G. Heller JCC

524 W. Melrose St.
Chicago, IL 60657
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JCC Chicago will follow the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) guidelines for informing our curriculum content, inspired by Jewish values.

We are offering a full day program: 7:30am-6:00pm. Breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack is included.

Exploring and playing outside will be an important part of our Kindergarten experience. Our beautiful outdoor classrooms and playspaces allow for plenty of time to play and explore outside.

At this time we will not be offering enrichment as we are not allowing outside vendors into our building.

We meet the unique needs of each child. Our program focuses on supporting the developmental range of all learners through main core contact areas in language, math, literacy, and social emotional development through experiential learning.

YES. Our morning teacher will be a Kindergarten certified teacher; the remaining teaching staff will be Early Childhood qualified.

As per DCFS regulations your child will rest for 1 hour each day. During that 1 hour we will offer quiet games, toys and activities.

No more than 15, based on the requirements of DCFS for managing COVID-19 safety.

There is one price for the program, you can come for the hours that best suit your needs.



While returning to our school is an adjustment for all of us and things will be different, the love, attention, and care will always remain indelible. Once cleared to enter the program, a staff member will bring your child to the classroom where they will wash hands and begin their day. Throughout the day there will be frequent handwashing and all high touch surfaces will be cleaned regularly, (more detail below.)

We will be following a staggered arrival/pick-up schedule. All essential workers, children and parents/caregivers dropping off at our facility will have their foreheads scanned to confirm a temperature under 100.4. These daily temperatures will be recorded. Additionally, you will be asked general health questions. Anyone who has a temperature of 100.4 or greater or exhibits symptoms related to COVID-19 will not be permitted entry; children with temperatures over 100.4 must be fever free without fever reducing medication for 72 hours prior to return. A doctor’s note will be required upon return. JCC Chicago Early Childhood reserves the right to determine re-entry into the program. In accordance with DCFS, CDC, IDPH and the local health department, additional days to stay home may be required.

In accordance with DCFS, JCC Chicago Early Childhood shall require students, employees, and other individuals who are over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when on premises. Children seem to be more comfortable when they wear their own masks that they are familiar with. We ask that you send your child with a clean mask each day. The school will have extra masks for children to use if needed. Approved face coverings include masks and face shields. When children can be safely kept at least 6 feet away from others, they do not need to be encouraged to wear a face covering. Masks will always be removed for snacks and lunch, napping, and outside play. We are all going to work on this together. Teachers will always wear face coverings or face shields unless they are outside.

Children under 2 years old.

Children who cannot safely and appropriately wear, remove, and tolerate face coverings.

Children who have difficulty breathing with the face covering or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

Children with severe cognitive or respiratory impairments that may have a hard time tolerating a face covering.

Children for whom the only option for a face covering presents a potential choking or strangulation hazard.

Children who, due to a behavioral health diagnosis or an intellectual impairment, are unable to wear a face covering safely.

Individuals who need to communicate with people who rely upon lip-reading.

Individuals who have medical conditions or disabilities that prevent use of a face covering.

JCC Chicago will provide antibacterial hand sanitizer for adult use outside each classroom. Children and staff will continue to practice and observe safe handwashing practices. Throughout the day, throughout the building and in classrooms, all door handles and high-touch points will be cleaned regularly according to IDPH and DCFS guidelines. All cleaning practices will continue to be observed within the classrooms. The children will go outside daily, and playground time will be scheduled to allow 30 minutes between groups; if less than 30 minutes, playground equipment will be disinfected between groups.

Children who become ill at school will be moved to a designated care room within the center with a staff member and must be picked up within one hour. If there is a positive case of COVID-19, the affected classroom will be closed, and those students and educators will be required to quarantine at home for 14 days during which the space will be fully sanitized. In addition, all siblings of COVID-19 diagnosed children will also need to quarantine with their family for this 14-day period. In the instance of a positive case of COVID-19, a doctor’s note will be required to return.

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.

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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We would love to speak with you!

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