JCYS Family Centers foster a love of learning while helping children develop social and emotional skills in a nurturing environment. Our play-based curriculum delivers age-appropriate lessons in math, science, and literacy, while encouraging creativity and individual expression.

JCYS offers early childhood education, summer camps, and specialty programs year-round to serve children age 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.

Our friends at JCYS Wicker Park love tending to their rooftop garden.Tending to our roof top garden... ... See MoreSee Less
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Our friends at JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center had a whimsical Fairytale Week! They dressed up, made crowns, and had a fancy tea party. They even got to tumble with some help from George's Gym LLC! ... See MoreSee Less
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Our friends at JCYS Lutz Family Center had another fun-filled day with a visit from the Bubble Guy. There were lots of giggles, smiles, and extremely happy children! Even the infants joined in on the fun! ... See MoreSee Less
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