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Early Childhood Class Descriptions

6 Months to 2 Years

Cryin’ Out Loud Music Class with Susan Salidor

JRC is thrilled to partner with jBabyChicago and the magical Susan Salidor to bring you Cryin’ Out Loud Music Class for moms, dads, caregivers and tots aged 6 months -2 years! Join us for musical, magical fun! Together we will bounce, rock, sing new songs and honor old favorites, introducing the youngest among us to the joy of making and experiencing music together. Class will include 30 minutes of music and movement with Susan followed by 15 minutes of schmooze-time.

Tuesdays, 11:00-11:45
Session 1: October 5 – November 9: $65
Session 2: January 4 – February 8: $65
Session 3: April 5 – May 17 (no class April 19, Passover): $65

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Adult-Tot with Carol Shukur

This hour and a half Adult-Tot class provides a wonderful opportunity for children, ages 10 months to 2 years, to play with other children in a fun, safe, and relaxed environment. It also offers a lovely venue for parents or caregivers to meet and spend time with other adults. Our morning schedule includes playroom time, fun songs, sensory activities, simple art projects, snack, and Shabbat.  You and your little one will love it! Registration information coming soon.

Thursdays, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Session 1: October 7 – December 16 (no class November 25, Thanksgiving): $150
Session 2: January 6 – March 17: $165
Session 3: April 7 – May 26 (no class April 21, Passover): $105

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3 to 5 Years


Taught by Janet McDermott and Kelly Lavan

Kulanu means all together! In the Kulanu class, children socialize, explore, and grow in an intimate community of learners. This unique mixed-age grouping fosters natural opportunities for leadership, peer learning, and collaboration. Our play-based approach is anchored in learning through self-directed discovery, experimentation, and problem solving. Emergent curriculum is developed in response to the interests of the group while also integrating Judaic values and traditions.

MWF 9:15 – 12:00
September 13 – June 3: $4500

Other JRC Programming for Young Children

So many opportunities to find community and to make lifelong friends

JRC’s early childhood programming spans well beyond our preschool walls. Join us for silly, fun, magical, Jewish experiences all year long. Experience Shabbat through a child’s eyes at our clergy led Tot-Shabbat services, sing, dance, explore, and create in our jBaby classes for tots and caregivers, let your imagination run wild with our Book Club for little ones, and bring a blanket and beach chairs for JRC’s Lakefront Shabbat!