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JCC Chicago invites the community to attend a ribbon cutting on at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12 to celebrate the successful expansion of its Early Childhood program to Beth Emet The Free Synagogue at 1224 Dempster St.
As an essential-care provider, the full-day childcare and preschool for children six weeks to 5-years-old opened its doors for the first time in newly renovated, age-appropriate classrooms under the most challenging circumstances –during the pandemic. Upcoming plans include the launch of JCC Chicago’s high-quality adult-tot classes, parenting programs, holiday celebrations and special events at this location.
This new location in Evanston brings JCC Chicago’s Early Childhood to seven total centers in the Chicagoland area.
“We’re thrilled to revive JCC Chicago’s beloved Early Childhood program in the Evanston-Skokie area and bring our pre-eminent Jewish preschool experience back to this community,” said Addie Goodman, President & CEO of JCC Chicago. “Our new and meaningful partnership with Beth Emet means more opportunities for learning, growth and connection for children, families and community members. We’ve been welcomed by the congregation with open arms and are working together to serve the community through Early Childhood and young family experiences.”
Beth Emet Rabbi Andrea London and President Karen Isaacson commented, “This new relationship has been truly a win-win for both Beth Emet and for the JCC. Our leadership was especially impressed by the shared values and philosophy, and we are well on our way in this long-term partnership. As we are able to safely reopen our doors to worship, our clergy is looking forward to celebrating Shabbat and holidays with the children enrolled in the JCC Chicago Early Childhood program and look forward to welcoming new families into the Beth Emet community.”
“We recognize the growing need for high-quality, full-day childcare options – including infant care – in the Evanston-Skokie community,” said Lonnie Nasatir, President of the Jewish United Fund of Chicago. “We are delighted with this partnership model, which will help meet that need so beautifully. It’s part of our Jewish community’s commitment to pioneering new and creative ways to offer meaningful programming and services for young families.”
Tours of model preschool classrooms, including expertly designed infant rooms and toddler classrooms, are available virtually at this time by scheduling a tour with Director Bree Movitz. Program information, dates and details are available at jccchicagoearlychildhood.org. JCC Chicago Early Childhood is DCFS licensed.
JCC Chicago is a non-profit organization inspired by Jewish values, bridging traditions and generations to create a more vibrant, connected community. JCC Chicago is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.