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JCYS Lakeview Family Center

957 West Grace
Chicago, IL 60613

Phone:
(773) 281-2533

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

"Our program is focused on all aspects of children's development: intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. Therefore, our curriculum places emphasis on learning through play, which is the way children best develop skills in all of these areas. Each classroom has various learning centers that are open to the children. We allow for long play periods during which the children freely choose from among the available options how best to spend their time. In this environment, children build their confidence and develop problem-solving skills by trying different activities and ways of doing things. Structured group time for stories, singing, language development, science and cooking activities, and games is another important element of our program. To promote learning, our curriculum is based on a unifying theme, which helps children concentrate on specific concepts and provides a sense of integration. Children come to school each day with a variety of previous experiences. We focus on maintaining an open and flexible curriculum for each child to build on and grow according to his or her own unique conceptual level. We believe that for the benefit of a child's continued growth and good health, it is important to engage in large motor activities and to spend time outdoors each day. Each classroom has a daily scheduled time on our playground. Children have the use of an age appropriate climber, riding toys, teeter totters and other outside toys. Our curriculum also includes outside activities such as nature walks and community explorations. All of our classrooms participate in the Jewish holiday curriculum. Jewish holidays and customs are explored from a cultural point of view through music, stories, cooking, and crafts. The children begin to appreciate the Jewish culture and identity. The Jewish Sabbath is celebrated every Friday with special songs, snacks and customs. In addition to the Jewish holidays, the following basic Jewish values are taught throughout our entire curriculum: family, caring about others, acceptance of others, tzedakah (charity), education, and environmental concerns." Cited from the JCYS Lakewview Family Center website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

" Our preschool programs offer a developmental curriculum that is designed to enhance your child's social, physical and intellectual abilities. Each program offers age appropriate activities in reading readiness, math readiness, dramatic play, music and art.

As an agency committed to children, the goal of our JCYS Family Center is to create a place in which they are treated with respect and love in an educational environment, which is challenging, creative, exciting, and fun. A place where children gladly spend time!"

-Cited from the JCYS Lakeview Family Center website

A Typical Day

"Full Day Preschool
This program is offered to ages 2-5 years
MWF and MTWThF schedules
We recommend that children arrive for class by 9:00 a.m. Children enjoy a variety of age appropriate educational and social activities. Each of the classrooms is equipped with a Language Arts Center, Dramatic Play Center, Music Center, Science Center, Block Center, and an Art/Invention Center. They are served a nutritious mid-morning snack. Time is spent outside each day on our beautifully renovated playground to improve large motor skills. Lunch is served family style at 12:00. As children eat a healthy hot lunch and enjoy each others company, they are encouraged to develop self-help skills and social etiquette at the table. After lunch, children have nap time from approximately 1:00-3:00 p.m. After nap, children wake up to a light snack and free play and outside time. Pick-up time is between 3:30-6:00p.m. according to your needs.



Half Day Preschool
This program is offered to ages 2-5 years
TTh, MWF and MTWThF schedules
We recommend that children arrive for class by 9:00 a.m. Children enjoy a variety of age appropriate educational and social activities. Each of the classrooms is equipped with a Language Arts Center, Dramatic Play Center, Music Center, Science Center, Block Center, and an Art/Invention Center. They are served a nutritious mid-morning snack such as fresh fruit, crackers and milk. Fun time is spent outside each day on our beautifully renovated playground for healthy excersize and to improve large motor skills. Lunch is served family style at 12:00. As children eat a healthy hot lunch and enjoy each others company, they are encouraged to develop self-help skills and social etiquette at the table. Pick-up time is 12:30 for this half day preschool program.



Challah Days
The Jewish Sabbath is celebrated every Friday with special songs, snacks and customs. Enjoy the tradition in your home by signing up for Challah days. Delicious fresh Challah bread is delivered for you to JCYS from North Shore Kosher Bakery each week."

-Cited from the JCYS Lakeview Family Center website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school