Dear JCC Chicago Friends,
This time of the year brings with it a sense of anticipation as kids head back to school and off to college, that first tree starts to change color and we pull out our sweaters for the chilly days ahead. But this year it all feels so different. We’re starting school in a myriad of unfamiliar ways. We’re thinking about the health and safety of ourselves and our community. We’re wondering when life will return to what we know as familiar.
Despite the uncertainty and unknown, what has always been true at the J remains so. The glow from an amazing Apachi summer is shining bright weeks after the last day of camp. Countless letters from grateful parents and campers have been read (and re-read!) and shared across the agency. There is tremendous pride in our ability to provide a safe, fun- and friend-filled summer when kids needed it most. Those smiles and happy faces are everything.
We learned a lot this summer and are both ready and excited to welcome more happy kids for the 2020-21 school year at our seven Early Childhood Centers in the coming weeks. Welcoming our little learners, age six weeks to five years, makes our hearts swell. And the addition of Kindergarten is enabling parents to return to work and first-year elementary children to return to deep learning. As an agency committed to growing good kids, we know that connection and personal development are critical and are focused on delivering this promise.
This is a time in history we will all remember. Someday, we will look back on where we were, what we did, how we managed, and, most importantly, who we counted on. As an agency, we want every single person to know that the J is here for you. Whether you are looking forward to joining us for a Drive-In Movie, spending time at Chi Family Getaway, or registered for a virtual event (or ten!), the J is here for you.
The collective strength of our community is shining as bright as our Apachi summer. Wherever you are, however you want to connect, we can’t wait to welcome you.
President & CEO
Chair, Board of Directors