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.

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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. Fall Dates: October 12 – November 15, 2019, 9:30 am – 10:15 am. Click here to register.

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.

2 days ago

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It's National Play-Dough Day!

Squish, Smash Twist, Turn and Poke! With the wide array of developmental learning and sensory benefits, play-dough is part of active exploration in every classroom. #NationalPlayDohDay
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5 days ago

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JCYS Michael R. Lutz Family center takes pride in recognizing 6 outstanding teachers in their field, who have recently begun their Master’s programs in the field of Early Childhood Education at Erikson Institute. Their work and dedication in helping our most precious children grow into responsible, competent learners, is what is valued and respected as the heart of JCYS Wicker Park. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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We are excited to once again partner with jBabyChicago to offer Parent-Tot Yoga on Saturdays this Fall! Spend the morning with your tot in a fun and interactive class consisting of classic yoga poses through developmentally appropriate play. Best for children 3-24 months. Learn more: ... See MoreSee Less

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