Online Registration

To learn more about fees, tuition payments, and deposits, please review the JCYS Financial Policies.

New Family Registration for 2019

Current JCYS Families can now reserve their spot for 2019!

New Families can reserve their spot starting December 2nd!

Enroll by January 7th to be automatically entered into a $1,000 scholarship drawing (*Northwest Family Center, JCYS Highland Park, and JCYS Lincoln Square Ravenswood only).

Contact to reserve your spot at the new Iris and Steven Podolsky Family Center in Lincoln Square Ravenswood, opening Summer 2019.

Highland Park - George W. Lutz Family Center

George W. Lutz Family Center

Preschool & Sunflower Day Camp

Age 15 months to Grade 5
Highland Park, IL

Your child will benefit from a full range of developmentally-appropriate and enriching early childhood education programming at JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center, including a unique summer camp experience through Sunflower Day Camp and North Shore Day Camp.

Lincoln Square Ravenswood- Iris and Steven Podolsky Family Center

Iris and Steven Podolsky Family Center

Preschool & Sunflower Day Camp

Ages 2 to 5 years (by August 31)
Chicago (Lincoln Square Ravenswood), IL

Your child will benefit from a full range of developmentally-appropriate and enriching early childhood education programming at JCYS Michael R. Lutz Family Center, including a unique summer camp experience through Sunflower Day Camp.

Buffalo Grove - Northwest Family Center

Northwest Family Center

Preschool & Horner Grove Summer Camp

Ages 6 weeks – 6 years
Buffalo Grove, IL

Help your child build a strong foundation for the future at the Northwest Family Center. Our developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum encourages children’s creativity, fosters self-esteem and socialization, and establishes a love of learning. Through our Infant & Toddler Care, Preschool & Kindergarten Enrichment, Before & After School Programs, and Horner Grove Summer Day Camp, JCYS serves families of all backgrounds and is here to provide your children with the quality care and education they deserve.

Wicker Park - Michael R. Lutz Family Center

Michael R. Lutz Family Center, Wicker Park


Ages 15 months – 5 years
Wicker Park, IL

JCYS Wicker Park offers early childhood education for children ages 15 months – 5 years old through school year and summer camp programming. Using a Reggio-inspired, our highly qualified teachers create nurturing classrooms that provide a play-based and developmentally appropriate learning environment for each child.

Wicker Park’s Parent-Tot Yoga Class

Lakeview - Michael R. Lutz Family Center

Michael R. Lutz Family Center

Preschool & Sunflower Day Camp

Ages 2 to 5 years (by August 31)
Chicago (Lakeview), IL

Please contact Jean Losek, the Director of Chicago Operations, to learn about reserving tour spot at our new Lincoln Square Ravenswood location.

Highland Park - The Lil' Family Memberships & Swim Lessons

Lillian L. Lutz Recreation Center (The Lil’)

Family Memberships & Swim Lessons

Highland Park, IL

Enjoy low-key, family friendly fun with in an all-inclusive facility!
Caregivers appreciate our easy-to-supervise layout.

Take advantage of our great family membership discounts!

  • Half-off Membership for families with children enrolled in ANY JCYS summer camp in the 2018 season
  • $80 off with our Friends and Neighbors Discount
  • 20% Early Bird Discount if you purchase your membership by the end of March 2018

*Discounts cannot be combined

Swim Lessons

The Lil’s family friendly atmosphere is the perfect place for children of all swimming levels to improve their stroke. Building on our reputation for quality early childhood education at JCYS Family Centers, our experienced, certified swim instructors tailor lessons to each individual child’s skill and comfort level. Our private and semi-private swim lessons adhere to the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program.

Highland Park - Camp STAR

Camp Star

Thank you for your interest in Camp STAR! Whether you are looking to enroll or just want more information, you’ve come to the right place!

Located in Highland Park, the program dates for 2018 are June 18th through August 3rd.

Camp STAR is a therapeutic program and therefore has an intake process to determine if the program will be a good fit for your child. Once you complete this form, a staff member will contact you to provide more information about the program and to begin the screening process. This form is not a registration.

Lakeview - Big City Day Camp

Big City Day Camp

Grades K–8
Lakeview – Chicago, IL

Our campers experience the best of Chicago while gaining social skills, giving back to the community through stewardship opportunities, and growing in leaps and bounds in a positive, amazingly fun environment. Our camp culture is filled with creativity, kindness, and pride. We believe that positive guidance, support and the freedom to experience adventures gives our campers the chance to learn important life lessons, create budding friendships, and make foundational memories.

Camp Options
Regular Camp Session (June 18-Aug 17) $465 per week
Post Camp Session (Aug 20-Aug 31) $465 per week
*Register for a minimum of 4 weeks

Customize your Camp Experience
Before Camp $35 per week
After Camp $125 per week

Ingleside - Camp Henry Horner

Camp Henry Horner

Day and Overnight Camp

Grades K-8
Ingleside, IL

Located on 180 wooded acres on the shores of Wooster Lake, Camp Henry Horner is an outdoor day camp that features lake excursions, a ropes course and zip line, sports fields, arts and crafts, music, dance, drama, cooking, outdoor education and an outdoor heated pool.

Pioneers 3 Day (K-2) $215
Pioneers 5 Day (K-2) $340
Explorers 5 Day (3-4) $365
Trailblazers 5 Day (5-6) $405
Earthtrekkers 5 Day (7-8) $405
Before Camp Care $8 per day
After Camp Care $16 per day
Hot Lunch $7.50 per day. (All campers receive hot lunch on Tuesdays)

No Bus Service 10%
2nd Child 3%
3 or more children 8%
Early bird 15% (Must register and submit deposit by 3/1/2018)


Ingleside - Camp Red Leaf

Camp Red Leaf

Summer & Travel Camp

Ages 9 and Older
Ingleside, IL

Located on 180 acres in Ingleside, Camp Red Leaf serves individuals with developmental disabilities, emotional and behavioral needs.

The only American Camp Association accredited camp serving both children and adults with disabilities in metropolitan Chicago, Camp Red Leaf provides safe and enriching programs for individuals with special needs.

Registration for respite weekends will open 60 days before the respite date.

Weekend Respite Dates:

Session 1 Adults (Age 18+) 11/02/18 – 11/04/18
Session 2 Youth (Age 9-17) 11/16/18 – 11/18/18
Session 3 Adults (Age 18+) 12/14/18 – 12/16/18
Session 4 Adults (Age 18+) 12/28/18 – 12/30/18
Session 5 Youth (Age 9-17) 01/18/19 – 01/20/19
Session 6 Adults (Age 18+) 02/08/19 – 02/10/19
Session 7 Youth (Age 9-17) 02/22/19 – 02/24/19
Session 8 Adults (Age 18+) 03/15/19 – 03/17/19
Session 9 Youth (Age 9-17) 03/22/19 – 03/24/19
Session 10 Adults (Age 18+) 04/05/19 – 04/07/19
Session 11 Youth (Age 9-17) 04/26/19 – 04/28/19
Highland Park - North Shore Day Camp

North Shore Day Camp

Grades K–6
Highland Park, IL

There is something for everyone on the North Shore! Over 200 campers enjoy daily swimming instruction and sports, music and drama, and arts and crafts, along with weekly field trips, overnighters and Friday FunDays, North Shore Day Camp creates lasting camp memories every summer.

Camp Options
8 Weeks (June 18 – August 10, 2018) $3,400
6 Weeks (June 18 – July 27, 2018) $2,750

Session 1
4 Weeks (June 18 – July 11, 2018), $2,000

Session 2
4 Weeks (July 15 – August 10, 2018) $2,000

1 Week: Choose any week between June 18-August 10$500

Customize your Camp Experience:

Before Camp – Add it to your registration and we will contact you to build your Before Camp schedule
After Camp – Add it to your registration and we will contact you to build your After Camp schedule
Lunch Club* (Monday – Thursday, Friday all campers eat free at our cookout!) $30 per week
*Campers must register for Lunch Club for the full session they are attending.

Highland Park - Pre Camp, Post Camp, Before Camp Care & After Camp Care

Lillian L. Lutz Recreation Center (The Lil’)

Pre Camp, Post Camp, Before Camp Care & After Camp Care

Highland Park, IL

Our 2018 summer and fall registration forms will be up very shortly!

What to do when camp’s not in session? JCYS has a program to meet your need. Pre-Camp, Post Camp, and After Camp Care are located at The Lil’ and include swimming, sports, arts and crafts and more camp fun for kids entering 1st grade through 6th. No need to attend a JCYS camp to enjoy the fun, these programs are open to the public! Each of these programs offers a flexible schedule: choose any number of days, any days of the week.

Before Camp Care at the JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center: 7:30 am-8:30 am, includes transportation to North Shore Day Camp

After Camp Care at The Lil’: 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm, includes transportation from North Shore Day Camp

Pre and Post Camp at The Lil (during the weeks between camp and school):
Choose 7:30 am – 6:00 pm or 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Highland Park - Champ Camp

Champ Camp

Entering 1st – 6th grade in the fall of 2018
5 weeks
12:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Dates TBA: follows the same schedule as District 112 Summer School
After Camp Care available until 6:30 pm at the JCYS Lillian L. Lutz Recreation Center

Registration for families requesting scholarships to Champ Camp’s 2018 season will take place on Saturday, February 24, from 10 am to noon at the JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center: 800 Clavey Road, Highland Park. Please feel free to contact us at and we will connect with you to get more information.

If you would like more information about a particular program before registering, please fill out the form below! Please note, this is not a registration form.

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