Early Childhood

sidewalk-chalkThe Trager Family JCC offers a full spectrum of programs for your young child.

With a well-trained, experienced and caring staff, our Early Learning Center offers the J-Care Infant program, for your baby’s first two years of life and J-Tots preschool. Both are designed to meet your child’s daily needs with developmentally appropriate activities in a nurturing and affirming environment.

The Shalom Baby program welcomes newborns to the Jewish community, providing a welcome basket and opportunities for their families to meet and interact. It is also a great resource for information.science-group

Everyone knows that reading to and with young children is critical to their success later in life. PJ Library makes it easy, providing a new high quality Jewish book or CD every month as a gift from the Jewish Federation and the Grinspoon Foundation. There are special PJ Library programs, too.

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Early Childhood

From infancy to five years of age, the Jewish Community of Louisville has an array of programs to stimulate young children and enhance the community bond with fellow parents.


Early Childhood Education Center (J-CARE & J-TOTS)

It is difficult to leave your children in the care of others and be confident that they’ll get the same stimulation and care you would give. Our staff will bond with you and your child to build trust and become an extension of your family. Click here to learn more.

J-PLAY – Drop-In Babysitting Service

Bring your child to play in the safe and fun environment of our babysitting room while you work out at the JCC. Reservations are encouraged. Parents must remain on the premises during the time their children are in J-Play unless they purchase an Out the Door pass.

Location: J-Play room across from the Health and Wellness entrance on the basement floor

Ages: 6 weeks – 5th grade


Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 12 noon, 5 – 8 p.m.
Friday 8:30 – 12 noon
Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Hourly Operation $4 per hour per child
Out the Door Pass $8 per hour per child (Families can use 6 hours per week)
30 Hour Card $75 (good for 1 year from date of purchase*)
Unlimited 30 Day Pass $65 for first child, $15 for every additional child

Other Information:

  • All children will need to have a J-Play Emergency Contact and Health form completed and on file.

*    Hours in a 30 Hour Card can be used in 30 minute increments.
** There will no longer be a free children’s lounge for children in K-5th grade during winter, spring and summer vacations

For more information contact Angie Hiland, Assistant Early Childhood Director, at 238-2716 or ahiland@jewishlouisville.org.

Shalom Baby

Shalom Baby connects the Jewish community with young families who anticipate or have recently experienced the birth or adoption of a child (newborn through 18 months of age) and help them find support and build social connections.  Click here to learn more.

Mothers Circle

Mothers Circle is an educational and support program for mothers of different faiths who have chosen to raise their children Jewish.  It provides an introduction to Jewish practices and ethics, Jewish resources, hands-on education and a connection to one another and the Jewish community in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Click here to learn more.

PJ Library

We all know the power of reading stories with young children. These nurturing, joyous, and beneficial early learning experiences build the emotional and cognitive foundation for each child. Each child, age 6 months-8 years, you enroll in The PJ Library will receive a monthly gift of a high-quality, age-appropriate Jewish book or CD as well as a reading guide to enhance your family’s experience. Click here to learn more.

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