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.

Are you looking for an enriching, vibrant learning environment for your child? Our friends at JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center are thrilled to invite you to an exclusive February Open House. Meet the dedicated directors, take a tour, and engage in a Q&A session. 📆 Pre-registration is required. Learn more at jcys.org/lincolnsquare. ... See MoreSee Less
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Less than two months until Samba with the Stars! Get ready for samba rhythms, tasty cocktails, a delicious dinner, and a mesmerizing samba performance. Who knows, you might even pick up a samba step or two! Secure your tickets today and let the countdown begin: jcys.org/samba ... See MoreSee Less
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✨ Join us on Thursday, April 4th, for our annual spring fundraiser—Samba with the Stars! Immerse yourself in samba rhythms, sip on cocktails, and indulge in a delightful dinner, all while supporting JCYS' early childhood education programs and leadership development for young Jewish professionals. Secure your ticket and learn more at jcys.org/samba ... See MoreSee Less
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