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Where Nurturing Comes Naturally

JCYS serves children and families of all faiths through our four preschool/family centers and multiple summer camps.
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. 

Girl on slide at The Lil'

A Camp for Everyone

JCYS North Suburban Day Camp, our NEWEST day camp option for campers in the northern Chicago suburbs
Horner Grove Day Camp, Campers participate in Red Cross swim lessons at The Lil’, weekly local field trips, in-house field trips, arts and crafts
Camp STAR, a summer day camp and therapeutic program for children with ADD/ADHD
Champ Camp, a sports-focused program for youth in the Highland Park and Highwood communities
Big City Day Camp, a summer day camp for children to explore everything Chicago has to offer
Sunflower Day Camp, the perfect day camp for our youngest campers. Operated out Highland Park, Buffalo Grove, and Wicker Park
Camp 21, our NEW end-of-summer camp experience for children entering Kindergarten through fifth grade. Operated out of Buffalo Grove

JCYS Camp 21

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Senior Village Campers are enjoying the first week of JCYS North Suburban Day Camp! ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking for a fun end-of-summer experience for your children? JCYS Northwest Family Center and JCYS North Suburban Day Camp are proud to present Camp 21, August 12-30! Register by the day or week! Learn more at jcys.org/camp21 ... See MoreSee Less

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Campers at JCYS Northwest Family Center had a fun-filled first day of summer camp! ... See MoreSee Less

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