Northwest Family Center – Buffalo Grove
About The Northwest Family Center

The Northwest Family Center strives to create a place where children are treated with respect and love in an educational environment that is challenging, creative, exciting and fun!

Located in Buffalo Grove at the corner of Weiland and Aptakisic, the Northwest Family Center continues to provide the highest quality in early childhood education for infants, preschools and grade school kids through our infant and toddler care, preschool education, kindergarten enrichment, before and after school care programs and Horner Grove Summer Day Camp.

Our highest priority for your child is providing high quality, age and developmentally appropriate programs that enhance their self-esteem, socialization, problem solving skills and multi-cultural awareness.  Our “play with a purpose” philosophy facilitates learning in an enriched environment that inspires children to explore their ever-expanding world. All classrooms are arranged into learning centers so children have the opportunity to choose and explore their room.  This helps them to gain confidence in their ability to problem solve, use their imagination, and play an active role in building the foundation for their academic learning.

JCYS is an all-inclusive school that welcomes families of all faiths and backgrounds.  At the Northwest Family Center, children participate in a cultural Jewish curriculum that explores Jewish traditions, holidays and customs through music, stories, art, games and cooking activities. On Fridays, we celebrate Shabbat with blessings, songs and a special snack of challah and juice.  Basic Jewish values are included throughout the curriculum, including family, caring about others, acceptance of all, tzedakah, the importance of education and caring about the world we live in.

Our Staff

Our administrative and teaching staff encompasses degrees and specialized skills in early childhood, elementary education and special education. Our teachers have been specially selected for their knowledge, warmth and caring, and the support and concern they bring to the classroom, including our most tenured teachers reaching more than 10 years of service to JCYS and our families!

Naomi Samuels, Center Director  |  (847) 279-0900
With over 35 years of experience in teaching and Early Childhood Education administration, Naomi Samuels is Northwest Family Center’s Director.   Naomi received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education, and then a Master’s in Education in Early Childhood and Special Education from Loyola College of Maryland.  Prior to coming to JCYS in 2013, Naomi was at Jane Addams Hull House for 15 years as their Vice President of Child Development Services and at Mary Crane League for one and a half years as their Program Director.

Ruth Taxy, Director of Early Childhood Education  |  (847) 279-0900, ext. 36
Ruth has been the Director of Early Childhood Education at the Northwest Family Center since May 2012. In this role, Ruth oversees the entire Early Childhood program including teacher development, parent outreach and fundraising, and overall curriculum implementation, including overseeing the execution of our Creative Curriculum into all of our classrooms.  Earning her B.S. in Special and Elementary Education from the University of Iowa, Ruth also has a Masters in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy and a C.A.S. in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.  Prior to JCYS, Ruth was most recently the Director at Sinai Preschool of Congregation Sinai in Chicago, and has held numerous positions within Chicago International Charter School, Glencoe Junior Kindergarten and Nursery School, Chicago Public Schools, Moriah Preschool and the Bernard Weinger JCC.

Keri Isacovici, Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education  |  (847) 279-0900, ext. 15
Keri graduated out of Stevenson High School in 2004 and earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University in 2008. She loves working with kids, but her favorite aspect of work is having both her son and daughter attend the programming on site. Keri has worked at the center as a 4 Year Old teacher for the past 5 years and is excited to give back to the community in this new position. She enjoys playing sports, dancing, and watching movies in her spare time.