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.

Thank you to the extraordinary educators at JCYS Lutz Family Center, JCYS Northwest Family Center, JCYS Wicker Park, and JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center! We're so grateful to have teachers who go above and beyond to make a huge impact daily! ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you for coming out and making magic with JCYS on Thursday, April 27th! We had an incredible event and raised much-needed funds to support JCYS.📷: Jeremy Lawson Photography ... See MoreSee Less
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If you are interested in applying for a scholarship* for the 2023-24 school year, applications are due this Friday, May 5, 2023. Apply at jcys.org/scholarships.*Your child must be enrolled in a JCYS program to receive a scholarship. If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?* ... See MoreSee Less
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