George W. Lutz Family Center – Highland Park
About the George W. Lutz Family Center

At the George W. Lutz Family Center, we nurture the natural abilities and love of learning within each child.  By providing child-centered programs in a caring, supportive environment, we stimulate your child’s creativity and imagination to enhance his or her development, and help each child to develop physical, social-emotional and cognitive skills.  We are committed to promoting your child’s sense of worth- laying the foundation for a lifetime of achievement, success and fulfillment.

Located in Highland Park, the George W. Lutz Family Center provides quality early childhood education for preschoolers and grade school children through our early childhood education, kindergarten enrichment, before and after school care programs and summer day camp.


Our Staff

We consider it an honor that our dedicated teaching staff has continued to provide quality childhood education year after year, with some of our most tenured teachers reaching over 20 years of service with JCYS!  We also believe that consistency and friendly, familiar faces are necessary to a child’s emotional and behavioral development.

Micky Baer, Director of North Shore Operations  |  (847) 433-6001, ext. 103
Micky’s love for JCYS started in the late 80s when she worked as a Sunflower camp counselor. In 1998 she began her career as the director of North Shore Day Camp and the Lutz After School Club. Prior to her current role, she was director of The Lil’ and Assistant Director of North Shore Operations. Micky loves providing support for parent fundraising and optimizing the sense of community at Lutz. She will tell you that her favorite role of all is Lutz Mom, with the joy of watching her own daughters learn and grow through their years at the George W. Lutz Family Center.

Ileane Voigt, Co-Director of Early Childhood Education & Director of Sunflower Camp  |  (847) 433-6001, ext. 116
Ileane holds a Masters of Teaching in Early Childhood from National Louis University, as well as a B.S. in Business Administration from Cornell University.  With over 14 years of experience in early childhood education on the North Shore, she has applied her extensive background to plan, develop and oversee the early childhood programming with the administrative team at George W. Lutz since 2007.  As the Director of Sunflower Camp for the past four years, Ileane has brought a real camp atmosphere, with the added benefit of her early childhood expertise, to the program.  Her passion, commitment and ability to build meaningful relationships with JCYS families and staff make her a strong leader.

Johanna Sievers, Co-Director of Early Childhood Education & Director of North Shore Day Camp  |  (847) 433-6001, ext. 116
Johanna can usually be found with a child around her and a big smile on her face, bringing her warmth, creativity and an absolute love of children to everything she does. With a BS in early childhood and elementary education, Johanna has held numerous positions at JCYS over the course of 10 years, including preschool teacher, Camp Director of Camp Henry Horner, and currently the Co-Director of Early Childhood Education at the George W. Lutz Family Center, and Director of North Shore Day Camp.

Amy Shimoni, Child & Family Development Specialist & Program Manager of Camp STAR  |  (847) 433-6001
Ensuring that children have a successful preschool experience, Amy Shimoni serves the George W. Lutz Family Center as the Child & Family Development Specialist.  With an MEd in Early Childhood Education and certification in Special Education and Early Intervention, Amy’s passion is working with children, families and staff.  For over 12 years, Amy has worked at Lutz in multiple capacities from Preschool Teacher to Assistant Director.   Amy has created a support network at Lutz Family Center, and is available to talk to you regarding your child’s development, provide developmental screening,  or  set up a consultation with our many outside resources.  Feel free to call Amy, check out books from her extensive children’s library, or just stop by her office to say hello!