Preschool Education

JCYS Early Childhood Education lays a foundation for cognitive functioning; behavioral, social and self-regulatory capacities; physical heath; and fosters school readiness to allow for an easier transition into Kindergarten.  We emphasize intellectual, social, emotional and physical development through our play-based curriculum, which has been proven to be the best way that children develop skills in all four areas. Through learning centers in each classroom children may freely choose from different learning activities throughout the day, helping to build confidence and develop problem-solving skills.

Language Arts Center:  Listening, speaking and reading & writing
Art/Invention:  The process of creating artwork is more important than the end product.
Block Center:  Developing problem-solving, classification, comparison and cooperative play skills.
Small Motor Activities:  Developing small motor and eye-hand coordination.
Dramatic Play Center:  Fostering emotional development through imaginative play.
Science Center:  Learning to explore the world, one observation at a time.
Music Center:  Shaping skills through listening, performing, rhythmic responses and creativity.

Structured group time for stories, singing, language development, science, cooking activities and games adds structure to each day. It is our belief that experiences outside are just as important as those inside, so children are encouraged to engage in large motor activities on our renovated outdoor playgrounds, nature walks, community explorations and field trips.



Did You Know? The JUF Right Start Gift Voucher Program can help families offset the costs of tuition.

Learn more about the program and apply online.

Traditional Preschool

Ages 2 – 5 years
Michael R. Lutz Family Center – Lakeview (starting at age 15 months)
George W. Lutz Family Center – Highland Park
Northwest Family Center – Buffalo Grove
9 am – 11:30 am Mon-Fri

2-5 days/week

Your child will benefit from a full range of developmentally-appropriate and enriching classroom experiences.  


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Half-Day Preschool

Ages: Age-specific classrooms for children 2 – 5 years old
Michael R. Lutz Family Center – Lakeview (starting at age 15 months)
George W. Lutz Family Center – Highland Park
Northwest Family Center – Buffalo Grove
Enjoy JCYS’ traditional preschool program with an earlier morning, lunch and outdoor play time.  Available between 6:45 am – 12:30 pm; choose from two, three, four and five-day weeks.


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Full-Day Preschool

Ages: Age-specific classrooms for children 2 – 5 years old
Michael R. Lutz Family Center – Lakeview (starting at age 15 months)
George W. Lutz Family Center – Highland Park
Northwest Family Center – Buffalo Grove
Children reap the benefits of our comprehensive traditional preschool program with an earlier morning, lunch, rest, developmentally appropriate afternoon curriculum, and snack.  Available between 6:45 am – 6 pm; choose from two, three, four and five-day weeks.


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Kinder Concepts

Ages: Pre-Kindergarten students
George W. Lutz Family Center – Highland Park
Maximize your child’s Kindergarten prep by extending their traditional Preschool Program.  Children focus on a primary subject each day: Handwriting without Tears®, science, phonics, math or literature, along with lunch and a snack, free choice learning centers, art, music and more!  11:30 am – 2:30 pm everyday, choose from one to five-day weeks.


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