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George W. Lutz Family Center – Highland Park

The JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center in Highland Park welcomes children and families to a joyful, play-based learning environment where every child receives tailored instruction and individual care. We use an emergent curriculum, meaning that lesson plans are based on children’s interests and curiosity – no two classrooms are the same! Each child has the opportunity to explore his or her unique talents and develop an independent, exploratory approach to learning that lasts for life. We serve children by supporting the whole family – teachers and staff at JCYS Highland Park are committed to engaging parents in the life and community of the center.

Building Social and Academic Skills Through Individualized, Discovery-based Learning

Family and Community Engagement

At JCYS Highland Park, family engagement is woven into the school year. We treat every family like our own and provide regular opportunities for parents to connect with each other and develop a community. Each year features multiple all-school events, including an ice-cream social to kick off the year, a Sukkah Party (complete with a petting zoo and glitter tattoo artist), and Hanukkah Party. Family events are scheduled in the evenings and on weekends, so parents don’t have to choose between work and school.

 

Engagement with the community extends beyond the family, too. Children are taught to be kind citizens of the world and consider the impact of their actions on their friends, neighbors, and communities.

Program Highlight: Amazing Athletes

In addition to our regular team and individual sports programming, 3 and 4 year old students also have the option to sign up for Amazing Athletes, a preschool sports class that introduces the fundamentals of a variety of sports in a non-competitive, developmentally appropriate environment.

Program Highlight: Music Education

Music specialist Susan Salidor visits classrooms at JCYS Highland Park to introduce children to the joy of music and movement. Susan has recorded 9 studio albums and has won prizes for her work including the Parents’ Choice Silver Award (twice), the Parents’ Choice Gold Award (twice), the National Parenting Product Award (twice), and the iParenting Media Award. She is also well-known as an early childhood music educator and regularly holds workshops throughout the Chicago area.

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Expert Care for Every Child

Thanks to a low child-to-teacher ratio, children at JCYS Highland Park form personal relationships with teachers and caregivers. Ferdinand, the Child and Family Development Specialist at JCYS Highland Park, works one-on-one with children, parents, and teachers to ensure every child receives the appropriate support and care. Many teachers have master’s degrees and all have taken professional coursework relevant to child development. To make sure every child stays safe at JCYS, staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid, and monthly professional development meetings ensure that all staff members are fully up to date on the latest in early childhood education and care.

Ready to learn more? Contact highlandpark@jcys.org for open house dates or to schedule a personalized tour!

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