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BOCA RATON, FL ( — Following several articles by highlighting area institutions refusing to refund day care Early Childhood Education even as care for 2 and 3 year olds moved to screen time, the Levis JCC Zale Early Childhood Learning Center of Boca Raton is leading the way by offering FULL REFUNDS should school be cancelled next year.

In an unprecedented email obtained by, the JCC is making it clear to parents: “we have your back.” You can read the entire email below.

The JCC decision follows an arguably threatening email received from B’Nai Israel to In the email signed by B’Nai Israel’s executive director, the Temple demanded that remove articles highlighting parents angered that their children — as young as 2 — were being told watch videos on “Zoom” and that no substantial refunds or credits were being issued. B’Nai also took issue with our description of 2 and 3 year old education as “day care.” We have since corrected that to “Early Childhood Education.”

We will not remove the articles.

Here is the email from the JCC. We’ll let you know if other institutions follow the JCC’s lead which is being applauded by JCC members.

Thank you for your continued support of our Zale and Levis JCC community. We are following up on the message we sent last week detailing our tuition credit; the many messages of appreciation we have received have been heartwarming.

Some of you have had questions about our financial plans, specifically what measures are in place to address unforeseen catastrophes such as this one. As challenging as it has been, it also presented us with a unique opportunity to learn how we can reach further to best serve our preschool community. Because our leadership is committed to creating a comfort level for our Zale families going forward, we have made the following adjustments to our Zale tuition payment plan for the 2020-2021 school year:

Tuition payments currently scheduled to begin in June (ending in March) will now be moved to July (ending in April)

If school is unable to open in August, you will receive a 100% refund of tuition paid prior to the opening of school.

One month of your paid tuition will be held as a deposit in a restricted fund, set aside for tuition reimbursement, in the event Zale needs to close due to a pandemic for 30 consecutive days or more.

We also want to remind you that as part of the Levis JCC, we are part of a strong and caring community.

Because of this, we are able to offer financial assistance to families who qualify. Again, please know how much we appreciate your support, patience and suggestions.

We will continue to stay in touch and keep you updated about our plans for summer and the 2020-2021 school year.



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