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.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, sweet new year from all of us at JCYS! ... See MoreSee Less
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As a leader #earlychildhoodeducation and #leadershipdevelopment, JCYS encourages individuals of all ages and backgrounds to be curious, strive to be their best, and develop a lifelong love of learning and service. We are pleased to share our 2023 #annualreport and invite you to read about the past year and experience for yourself the ruach you made possible: jcys.org/annualreports/ ... See MoreSee Less
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JCYS' early childhood education programs and play-based curriculum nurture your child's spirit, imagination, and confidence. We still have some open spots at JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center and JCYS Northwest Family Center for the 2023-24 school year. Visit jcys.org/ to learn more about what we can offer your family! ... See MoreSee Less
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