Early Childhood Admissions

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Alana Beth Stein Preschool 
Hillel Torah Skokie Valley Campus
8825 East Prairie Road
Skokie, IL 60076


Eligible applicants for Pre-Nursery must be 3 years old by October 31 of the entering year.
Eligible applicants for Nursery must be 4 years old by October 31 of the entering year.

School Hours and Extended Day Program

  • The Pre-Nursery and Nursery Programs are in session Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • An early drop-off option is available daily, beginning at 7:30 am
  • An Aftercare Enrichment program is available Monday - Thursday until 2:30 pm
  • Our Stay & Play option extends the above Aftercare Enrichment Monday–Thursday until 4:30 pm
  • Friday Aftercare Enrichment and Stay & Play options will begin on March 16, 2018

Kindergarten at HT Main Campus  MG_7640
7120 N. Laramie Ave
Skokie, IL 60077

Eligible applicants for Kindergarten must be 5 years old by October 31 of the entering year.

School Hours and Extended Day Program

  • The Kindergarten Program is in session Monday - Friday from 8:20 am - 2:00 pm

  • An early drop-off option is available daily beginning at 7:30 am

  • An extended day program is available Monday - Thursday until 3:50 pm and is theme specific.

  • The extended day program will also be available on Fridays beginning March 16, 2018

Admissions Process 

Come Visit Us!
We invite you to visit and experience Hillel Torah. Prospective families can learn more about our community and educational approach. You can visit Hillel Torah in the following ways:

  • Sunday Funday December 10, 2017 from 9:30-11:00 am at the Preschool Campus
    Join us for a fun filled morning and an opportunity to meet and mingle with our current preschool and kindergarten families. Enjoy music, movement and creative hands-on activities led by our warm and engaging teachers. Parent ambassadors, teachers and administrators look forward to meeting you and answering your questions.
  • Personal Campus Tours
    Every day is an Open House! Personal campus tours can be scheduled with the admissions office. During this personal visit, you will be able to tour the main and /or preschool campus, observe our school in action and meet with the principal to share your hopes and aspirations for your child. Personal visits can be scheduled during the week between 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. To set up a personal tour please call the Hillel Torah Admissions Office at 847-674-6533 x209 or email margot.parnass@hilleltorah.org.

Apply to Hillel Torah

Thank you for applying to Hillel Torah! The checklist below will guide you through the application process. If you have questions, please contact our Admission Director, at 847-674-6533 x209 or email margot.parnass@hilleltorah.org.

When to Apply
Hillel Torah encourages families to begin the application process as early as possible. The preferred application deadline is January 19, 2018. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space available basis. A non-refundable fee of $100 must be submitted with each application.

How to Apply
The Admissions area of our website is designed to make the application process as simple as possible, using our Online Application. We encourage families to apply online as it streamlines submission providing parents a tool for tracking their admission status once an application has been submitted.

Creating an Online Application
To begin the Online Application process, please begin by Creating an Account. Once completed, you can log into your account and Create A New Student Application for your child. You will then have the flexibility to log in and out of your account and access your open application.

After submitting the application, you will be able to track your admissions status at the school by logging into your account. There, you will be able to print the completed applications, monitor when the school receives supplemental application forms, and if necessary, reprint the supplemental forms.

Additional Requirements and Forms

Getting to know your child

  • Submit the Early Childhood Teacher Recommendation Form by February 9, 2018
  • Help us get to know your child by providing their current teacher with our Early Childhood Teacher Recommendation Form
  • We are excited to visit your child in their current school/preschool program-February/March. We will visit each child at their current preschool to observe how they interact in a group setting, providing us with insight about their readiness skills and helps us understand the makeup of the incoming class.
  • Schedule your child’s “playdate” with us at the school - March/April. We look forward to getting to know your child and provide an opportunity for them to visit our classrooms.

Acceptance Decisions

  • April - acceptance notification
  • April/May – Please confirm your child’s space within two weeks of acceptance by submitting your online contract along with a $500 enrollment deposit (which is applied toward tuition).

We Look Forward to Meeting You
If you have not already done so, please schedule a time to visit and get to know our school. We are excited to meet you and welcome you to the Hillel Torah community.

We appreciate your interest and hope to assist you any way we can. If you have any further questions, please contact the Admissions office 847-674-6533 x209 or margot.parnass@hilleltorah.org.


 JUF Right Start Program

Learn about JUF's Right Start program for Jewish early childhood education.  At the
heart of the program is the gift voucher for tuition reimbursement to any participating
Jewish preschool.  It is not based on need.  Read more about it and apply online today!


Upcoming Events


12: 7th Gr Girls Bnot Mitzvah Leil Limud at 6:45 pm at HT

16-19: Presidents' Day Weekend - No Sessions

19: PTA Winter Social at 1:15 pm at Weber Park Place

Click here for school calendar

EC Admission Downloads

Early Childhood Application Downloads

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Aftercare Enrichment Opportunities (now closed for 2017-2018 enrollment)