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Vision Statement

Rooted in our Jewish values and traditions, we empower our children, educators and families to be successful in life and learners for life.


We recognize that each child is a unique individual and we build a personal relationship to discover their needs, interests and capabilities.

Through curiosity and respect we create a co-constructivist environment where children and educators freely explore, experiment, question and research their ideas together.

Relationships are the building blocks of our school. It stems from the relationships formed among our educators, branches out from there to our children and their families. These relationships create and sustain a community between all facets of our school.

Our educators plan with intentionality, a program for each child that is well balanced, blending social, emotional and cognitive, and individual and group living.

We will educate our children and their families about the Jewish holidays, rituals, and Jewish values; encouraging each family to find a way to meaningfully incorporate them into their lives. We recognize that just as each child is unique, each family is unique in not only their make up, but their definition of being Jewish. We will create within our school and classroom a welcoming space to explore Judaism.

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Please come visit. For more information please contact:


Debbie Appelbaum- Director, BJE-ECC

(847) 256-4507

email: debbie@bjechicago.org

Janet Sear- Assistant Director, BJE-ECC

email: janetksear@gmail.com

Rebecca Anisfeld- Assistant Director, BJE-ECC
Director, Camp BJE 

(847) 274-2200

email: rebecca@bjechicago.org

JoAnne Barston- Site Director, Northbrook

(847) 272-4455

email: Joannebarston@gmail.com 

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We prepare your children to be successful for life…learners for life.

Welcome to the Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago's progressive concept in early childhood education, where children grow intellectually and socially in a loving Jewish community. As a lab school, The BJE Early Childhood Centers' curriculum is based on the most current research findings in the field of child development, early childhood education, family education, and Judaica. We serve our families by making their children learners for life as they begin their educational journey with us.

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