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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.

Registration for JCYS Wicker Park's Spring *Virtual* Parent-Tot Yoga, in partnership with jBabyChicago, is now open! Spend Saturday mornings with your tot in a fun and interactive class without leaving your home. Learn more and register: jcys.org/parent-tot-yoga ... See MoreSee Less

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Two classrooms at JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center learned all about X-rays by participating in an online STEAM storytime with the Chicago Public Library.

The activity consisted of reading “Charlie Is Broken” by Lauren Child and creating X-rays of their hands.
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Our friends at JCYS Wicker Park created a map to Shushan yesterday!Creating a map to Shushan! ... See MoreSee Less

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