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Enrichment extends and enhances early childhood learning. Give your child the chance to explore new interests or become immersed in special activities you know they’ll love.

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We help you connect with a community of new parents to guide you through a time of change. JCC Chicago provides activities that promote your child’s physical, social and cognitive development, as well as family programs that create opportunities to share time together.

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Preschool Summer Camp

Summer is a perfect time to engage your child’s imagination through hands-on experiences in music, water-play, exploration and art. Classes are lead by Early Childhood educators, with or without a parent or caregiver, and include plenty of time for discovery both indoors and out.

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Parenting Classes

One of the many benefits of being part of our JCC Chicago Early Childhood family, is access to premiere parenting classes that offer guidance, tools, intension and the chance to deepen friendships.

Molding Mensches – Steps to Raise Kind Children

Join JCC Chicago, Am Shalom, The Chicago Early Engagement Initiative, directed by the Union for Reform Judaism and Coping Partners for a special event just for parents to learn, laugh, mix and mingle. Be part of the conversation led by Dr. Leigh Weisz, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Michelle Winterstein, LCSW.

In the fast paced competitive community in which we live, there is often an emphasis on individual achievements and gaining a competitive edge. However, we are often losing sight of one key component–teaching our children a core value that is often taken for granted–kindness. In addition, research shows that honed social emotional skills, including empathy and kindness, are actually the #1 indicator of success.

This event is FREE, but RSVP is requested.

Monday | October 28 | 7:30-9:00pm

Am Shalom
840 Vernon Ave
Glencoe, IL 60022


Free copy of the book, How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Mary Reckmeyer and Tom Rath will be given to every pre-registered guest.


Focus less on what you should be doing differently and more on appreciating your children for who they are.

This parent group, grounded in Jewish wisdom and text, helps guide parents to reflect on the kind of parent and partner they want to become.

Join JCC Chicago’s Jen Streicher, Early Childhood Social Worker, and Holly Krakow, Manager of Curriculum and Professional Development in this six week series. This group is best suited for parents with at least one child over two years of age.

Tuesdays | October 29-December 3 | 9:15-10:30am

‘Z’ Frank Apachi
3050 Woodridge Ln., Northbrook



becoming a soulful parent

pj library

This program is generously supported by PJ Library Chicago. PJ Library Chicago is a program of JUF Young families – connecting families to Jewish life in Chicago.

We would love to have you visit us!

Taking a tour offers families a chance to meet our Directors, see our classes in action, and learn more about our unique educational approach.

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