Early Childhood Center Director Shelli Patt

Shelli Patt is deeply committed to the field of Jewish Early Childhood and always goes above and beyond to create an enriching and engaging experience for the children in the JRC Early Childhood Center.

“One of the things I love about working with young families at JRC is how in our preschool, children have the chance to explore and learn about the things that interest them, and in the greater JRC community, parents have the chance to explore and discover what’s meaningful to them and their family about Judaism. Joining these two paths of children’s and parents’ experiences helps build deeply rooted Jewish connections for families.”

Shelli has worked in the early childhood field for over twenty years as a program administrator, teacher, university instructor, and curriculum consultant and trainer. Her experience includes teaching in synagogue and university-based early childhood programs, and supervising the preschool program at a social service agency in Chicago. Shelli is a certified teacher and holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Illinois-Chicago.

Shelli enjoys cooking and gardening, and is always looking for new and interesting classroom ideas and activities to share with the preschoolers. Shelli is a lifelong Chicagoan who grew up not too far from JRC in West Rogers Park. She and her husband Andy live in Skokie. They have two grown sons, Josh and Roni, and two cats.

Would like to schedule a virtual tour of our wonderful early childhood program?

Contact Shelli at: spatt@jrctogether.org
Phone: 847-328-767​8, ext. 2227

Shelli is an exceptional educator and professional. She strives to make every early childhood family feel like members of her own family– we are forever grateful!

JRC Early Childhood Parent


One of the things I love about JRC is that our community gives the opportunity for people to explore Judaism in a way that’s personally meaningful to them. As an educator, it’s important to me that families be able to connect with Judaism in this deeply personal way.


Shelli Patt

Early Childhood Center Director