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Sunflower Camp

Sunflower campers take advantage of all the amenities available at JCYS Buffalo Grove during the school year, including our toddler gym, dance room, full-sized indoor gym, and securely enclosed outdoor playgrounds with age-appropriate facilities. For extra summer fun, we turn on the rainbow sprinkler outside so campers can splash around to cool off.  

Campers also love our catered meals and snacks, featuring fresh, colorful food made from scratch with local ingredients. We serve organic milk to all our campers and make sure each child gets enough nutritious food for a full day of adventures. 

We offer weekly in-house field trips, which in the past have included visits from The Storybook Bus, a magician, a storyteller, and Buffalo Creations. Additionally, every Friday, campers participate in a Shabbat celebration. We welcome children of all faiths to sing, dance, learn about Shabbat traditions, and enjoy a morning snack of challah and grape juice.

Behind all the fun of Sunflower Camp are the caring early childhood staff at JCYS Buffalo Grove and all the know-how of a first-class preschool. Sunflower Camp rooms are led by our qualified and dedicated school-year staff. With a low staff-to-child ratio, campers get plenty of individual attention – and children who regularly attend preschool at JCYS Buffalo Grove will feel right at home with the same classroom teachers from the school year. 

Group of four children on playground at JCYS Buffalo Grove. They're all smiling and posing for the camera.
Child smiling and standing in front of sprinkler on field at JCYS Northwest Family Center.

Infant Sunflower Camp

Infants age 6 weeks through 14 months participate in summer activities in an age-appropriate manner while receiving care from our expert infant staff. Please see the JCYS Buffalo Grove Infant Care page here for more details about our infant program.  

Toddler and Preschool Sunflower Camp

Our toddler and preschool campers get a fun-filled introduction to summer adventures at Sunflower Camp, where campers enjoy arts and crafts, music, sports, and fun in the water.  

Program Highlight: Theme Weeks

Theme weeks at Sunflower Camp give campers the chance to explore new places, environments, and ideas – from “Yes to the Mess” to “Magical Mystery Tour” to “Red, White, & You” week, our themes incorporate in-house field trips* that provides a balance between entertainment and an introduction to community helpers. All campers also participate in daily themed activities, like a special art project, game, or book.

*Due to the pandemic, we will not be hosting in-house field trips.

Smiling child looking at camera and taking a break from climbing up the rock climbing playground equipment at JCYS Northwest Family Center.
Girl with bangs looking directly at the camera and smiling. She is sitting on playground equipment at JCYS Northwest Family Center.

Summer 2023 Tentative Schedule

  • Specials
    Each day campers will get to experience 1 of 5 camp specials. Included will be art, science, music/games, drama/storytelling, and sprinkler play.
  • Thematic Activities
    Get ready for an action-packed rug time! Our teachers will be reading stories, singing songs, and participating in small group games. Centers will give children one-on-one attention and provide skill-building activities that center around our theme of the week.
  • Meals & Rest Time
    • Half-day campers will be served a morning snack.
    • Half-day with Lunch Bunch campers will enjoy a morning snack and lunch.
    • Full-day campers will receive a morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack.
    • Rest time will occur between 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Summer 2023 Tuition and Registration

Sunflower Camp (6 weeks - 14 months) Tuition
June 12, 2023 – August 4, 2023 2 Monthly Payments
Infant Half-Day Sunflower Camp
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
2 days/week $754
3 days/week $1,002
4 days/week $1,257
5 days/ week $1,396
Infant Full-Day Sunflower Camp
7:30 am – 5:30 pm
2 days/week $1,256
3 days/week $1,668
4 days/week $2,095
5 days/ week $2,327
Sunflower Camp (15 - 23 months) Tuition
June 12, 2023 – August 4, 2023 2 Monthly Payments
Half-Day (15 – 23 months) Sunflower Camp
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
2 days/week $676
3 days/week $881
4 days/week $1,086
5 days/ week $1,185
Full-Day (15 – 23 months) Sunflower Camp
7:30 am – 5:30 pm
2 days/week $1,229
3 days/week $1,602
4 days/week $1,975
5 days/ week $2,154
Sunflower Camp (2 years) Tuition
June 12, 2023 – August 4, 2023 2 Monthly Payments
Half-Day (2 years) Sunflower Camp
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
2 days/week $544
3 days/week $713
4 days/week $874
5 days/ week $958
Full-Day (2 years) Sunflower Camp
7:30 am – 5:30 pm
2 days/week $1,061
3 days/week $1,358
4 days/week $1,706
5 days/ week $1,860
Sunflower Camp (3 years) Tuition
June 12, 2023 – August 4, 2023 2 Monthly payments
Half-Day (3 years) Sunflower Camp
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
2 days/week $527
3 days/week $698
4 days/week $864
5 days/ week $947
Full-Day (3 years) Sunflower Camp
7:30 am – 5:30 pm
2 days/week $1,029
3 days/week $1,342
4 days/week $1,685
5 days/ week $1,838
Register

Registration for 2023-24 summer and school year programming is now open to current families. Registration will open to the community on Monday, December 5 at 10:00 am.

In order to complete your registration, you must provide a non-refundable registration fee. The registration fee for infant care, toddler care, and preschool programming is $200 per child; for camp, the fee is $100 per child.

Summer 2023 Billing & Payment Schedule
Installment Billing Cycle Payment Cycle Month Covered
Summer 2023
1st Installment April 15, 2023 May 1, 2023 June
2nd Installment May 15, 2023 June 1, 2023 July