JCYS Wicker Park provides high-quality early childhood education for children ages 15 months to 5 years old, focusing on all aspects of children’s development: social, emotional, intellectual, and physical. Our Reggio-inspired classrooms are child-centered and play-based, allowing children to develop a lifelong love of learning. 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 program options. We believe in the importance of nurturing the whole child, celebrating their interests, and creating a warm and loving environment for all families.
All of our classrooms incorporate and participate in Jewish learning that infuses Jewish values and a holiday curriculum. These Jewish values include: family, community, caring about others, acceptance of others, tzedakah (charity), education, and caring about the environment. Jewish holidays and customs are explored from a cultural point of view through music, stories, cooking, and crafts. Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) is celebrated every Friday with special songs, snacks, and customs.
At the JCYS Michael R. Lutz Family Center in Wicker Park, we believe in the importance of family. Our inclusive approach welcomes all families – Jewish, interfaith, and non-Jewish – to be part of our community. We believe in our children, and know our nurturing environment provides them with the opportunity to reach their greatest potential.