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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.

Camp at JCYS North in Buffalo Grove starts next week, and we still have a few spots available! Your camper will enjoy:🚌 One weekly field trip🏊 Swimming three days per week⭐ Camper’s Choice⚽🥣🎨 Individual and team sports, cooking, arts and crafts, and theme days⏰ Free before and after camp careDon't miss out on an unforgettable summer! Secure your spot now: jcys.org/jcysnorth ... See MoreSee Less
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🎓 We’re thrilled to present to you the JCYS Northwest Family Center Class of 2024! 🎉 All of our schools celebrated Pre-K graduation last week, but here's a little snippet of the joyous occasion in Buffalo Grove! Thanks to our wonderful Pre-K teachers, Ms. Liz, Ms. Val, Ms. Emma, and Ms. Mara, for making graduation a success, and congratulations to all our graduates! ... See MoreSee Less
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Join JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center and Anne Marie Loesch for Yoga with Me, an 8-week summer session perfect for you and your little yogi 👶 (3-24 months)! 🗓️ Starting June 10th, every Monday (11-11:45 am) until July 29th. Dive into yoga, fun, connection, and community with fellow parents: jcys.org/parent-tot-yoga/This program is brought to you in partnership with jBabyChicago. ... See MoreSee Less
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