JCYS Family Centers foster a love of learning while helping children develop social and emotional skills in a nurturing environment. Located in Chicago (Lincoln Square Ravenswood and Wicker Park), Buffalo Grove, and Highland Park, our play-based curriculum delivers age-appropriate lessons in math, science, and literacy while encouraging creativity and individual expression.

JCYS offers early childhood education (infant care, toddler care, and preschool), summer camps, and specialty programs year-round to serve children ages 6 weeks through 13 years.

Program Highlights

Academic Foundations

If there’s one thing children are good at, it’s asking “why.” At JCYS, every “why” is an opportunity to practice counting, learn a new letter, or find a country on the map. Children’s natural curiosity and playfulness guide our curriculum. Our teachers encourage children to ask questions and explore their interests while building reading skills, comfort with words, and a foundation in math and science.

Jewish Culture & Engagement

Families of every faith are welcome at JCYS. Children at our family centers learn about Jewish traditions and values through inclusive classroom and family celebrations like enjoying Challah bread every Friday to celebrate Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) or participating in classroom tzedakah (charitable giving) projects.

Physical Development

At JCYS, children run, jump, bounce, climb, dance, and crawl through indoor and outdoor play spaces. Our experienced teachers encourage active play during the school day to build children’s strength, stamina, and gross motor skills.

Social and Emotional Skills

Children at JCYS learn to share with peers, manage conflict, solve problems independently, and take on age-appropriate challenges. Through group play and classroom activities, children make friends and build social-emotional skills for success inside and outside of the classroom.

1 week ago

🍎 Last week at JCYS Wicker Park, classes dove into the world of food, one of the tenets of Jewish early childhood education! 🥕🍅 Each group explored fresh vegetables from our weekly CSA boxes and chose their favorites to create unique recipes. On Thursday, they brought their dishes to life and presented them to the judges in our first-ever Top Chef Jr. competition! 👨‍🍳 By introducing new smells, textures, and tastes early on, the children became more comfortable incorporating them into their cooking and were more likely to taste their creations. It was a deliciously fun and educational experience for all! 🌟"It is right to help children discover the immeasurable richness provided by good food eaten in good company." - The Languages of Food from Reggio Children #JCYSWickerPark #jcyslearningadventures #LearningThroughFood ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

🐛 JCYS Buffalo Grove's Little Caterpillars had a blast developing their gross and fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and problem-solving abilities during our scarf pull activity! 🎉 Watching them engage, learn, and have fun was truly amazing. Way to go, Little Caterpillars! 🌟 #jcyslearningadventures #learningthroughplay ... See MoreSee Less
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