The JCYS Wicker Park Family Center provides exceptional early childhood education for children age 15 months to 5 years old. Our Reggio-inspired classrooms foster children’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth in a joyful, child-centered environment, and our play-based approach encourages children to develop a lifelong love of learning. We strive to include families of all faiths in our celebration of Jewish culture and traditions.

Our center offers Toddler Care, Preschool, and Summer Camp. All programs have half-day and full-day options available, as well as 2 day, 3 day, and 5 day schedule options.

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

Child-centered learning through discovery and exploration

At JCYS Wicker Park, our curriculum is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Reggio instructors don’t teach a one-size-fits-all curriculum to every child: they encourage each child to pursue self-directed learning experiences through exploration and play while building healthy relationships with teachers and peers. The Reggio approach also emphasizes the importance of the child’s environment in encouraging active, joyful learning. Drawing on Reggio techniques, JCYS Wicker Park offers a space where all children can develop socially, physically, and intellectually.


Program Highlight: Super Soccer Stars

At JCYS Wicker Park, we maintain a partnership with Super Soccer Stars that gives our older children the opportunity to develop hand-eye coordination, teamwork, physical fitness, and self-confidence through a fun, non-competitive soccer program.

Program Highlight: Parent-Tot Yoga

JCYS Wicker Park’s Parent-Tot Yoga class, created in partnership with jBaby, is a fun and interactive class that combines classic yoga poses with developmentally appropriate play! This class focuses on developing coordination, flexibility, strength, balance, and self-esteem, and provides a healthy and joyful opportunity for parent(s) and child to learn together. Visit jBaby’s website to check dates and register online.

Family and Community Engagement

We celebrate culture and community through inclusive family events organized around both Jewish and Secular holidays. Tzedakah projects also help connect our children and families to Jewish life and our center’s community.

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We are BEAMING with pride from our PreK Graduation! A huge thank you to our teachers, families, and the amazing Susan Salidor. We wrapped up this event with our last Shabbat of the 2018-2019 school year!

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