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, before- and after-school care, summer camps, and specialty programs year-round to serve children age 6 weeks through 8th grade.

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.

Learn how to make yummy charoset with Ms. Amy from JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center. ... See MoreSee Less

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Check out this child-friendly version of the Passover story written and recorded by JCYS Wicker Park's Ms. Zoie. ... See MoreSee Less

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