Michael R. Lutz Family Center – Lakeview

Lays a foundation for cognitive functioning; behavioral, social and self-regulatory capacities; physical heath; and fosters school readiness.
Leaves students well-prepared to enter Kindergarten.
Emphasizes intellectual, social, emotional and physical development through play-based curriculum, which has been proven to be the best way for children to develop skills in all four areas.

Learning centers in each classroom enable children to freely choose 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 are included each day.
Outdoor experiences are just as important as those inside. Children engage in large motor activities on our well-equipped outdoor playgrounds, nature walks, community explorations and field trips.

Half-Day Preschool

Ages 15 months – 5 years old (by August 31)
9 am – 12:30 pm
Drop-off  7:30 – 9 am  
before care is included in program fees
2 -5 days per week

Age-specific classrooms

Your child will benefit from a full range of developmentally-appropriate and enriching classroom experiences, outdoor playtime and a hot, catered Kosher-style lunch.


Program Options, Rates & Registration


Register online for the 2016/2017 School Year!

Space is limited. Please contact Jean Losek at jlosek@jcys.org for more information.


Full-Day Preschool

Ages 15 months – 5 years (by August 31)
9 am – 6 pm
Drop-off:  7:30 – 9 am
Pick-up: 3:30 – 6 pm, after nap time
2 – 5 days per week
Age-specific classrooms

Children benefit from a comprehensive traditional preschool program with an extended day, a hot, catered Kosher style lunch, nap time, developmentally appropriate afternoon curriculum, and snack.  


Program Options, Rates & Registration

2016 2017 pricingRegister online for the 2016/2017 School Year!

Space is limited. Please contact Jean Losek at jlosek@jcys.org for more information.


957 W. Grace Street
Chicago, IL  60613
(773) 281-2533

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Financial Aid

Click here to learn more about our JCYS Scholarship Program.


JCYS families can also take advantage of the JUF Right Start gift voucher program to offset the costs of tuition

Preschool Graduates:
Make sure to check out Big City Day Camp – our summer day camp for kids in Kindergarten through 6th Grade.

Explore the city of Chicago with age-appropriate field trips and activities!

Learn more about JCYS Family Center policies online.

We look forward to working with you and your child this year!