Serving children age 6 weeks through grade 5, JCYS Family Centers foster a love of learning through exploratory play and one-on-one attention from our caring staff members. Our play-based curriculum encourages creativity and individual expression while guiding children to practice key social and emotional skills. JCYS teachers use a child-centered approach that lays the foundations for success in math, science, and literacy as children learn to describe and understand their world.

Program Highlights

Academic Foundations

At JCYS, pre-literacy skills are reinforced in every classroom through a child-centered approach that builds on story time, music, and art activities to develop children’s verbal fluency and reading readiness. Our curriculum also cultivates the pre-math skills and other capabilities that children will need to succeed in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) classes.

Physical Development

Building children’s physical abilities is an essential part of the curriculum at JCYS. Children develop strength, stamina, and gross motor skills through active play and enrichment activitiesEach Family Center has a number of spaces–like gyms and dance rooms–dedicated to children’s physical development. 

Jewish Culture & Engagement

JCYS programs are open to families of every faith. Children at our family centers learn about Jewish traditions, culture, and values through inclusive celebrations. We organize family events around major Jewish holidays and connect cultural activities to academic and social goals. 

Social and Emotional Skills

The creative, play-based learning environment at JCYS incorporates individual and group activities to encourage children to develop key social and emotional skills, such as sharing, conflict resolution, independence, and problem-solving. Our staff is there to help and guide the children every step of the way. 

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Preschoolers at JCYS Wicker Park have been learning all about butterflies, bees, and bats this month thanks to the Field Museum's Harris Learning Resources! ... See MoreSee Less

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Do you need somewhere for your K-5th grader to go when Districts 96, 102, and 112 are closed? JCYS Northwest Family Center and JCYS Lutz Family Center both offer School's Out Days packed with fun!
Buffalo Grove: bit.ly/nw-schools-out
Highland Park: bit.ly/lutz-schools-out
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