Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS) is a 111-year old, Chicago-based nonprofit organization that provides early childhood education and camping programs to a diverse community across Chicagoland. With a budget of over $11 million and a 180-person staff, JCYS programs touch over 10,000 families a year through eight locations. In addition, JCYS’s board of directors is a training ground for future Jewish civic and philanthropic leaders, and serves as important fiduciaries of the agency.
We pride ourselves in embracing the communities where we are located and are looking for a like-minded individual to join our JCYS team.
Basic Role: To provide support to parents and children as they enter a group care setting and assist families and teachers when there are concerns regarding a child’s ability to successfully negotiate the classroom environment and relationships with their peers.
Observing children identified by teachers or parents as having difficulty in the classroom and making appropriate recommendations for parent meetings and/or further evaluation.
Helping teachers make accommodations for children in classrooms as needed
Coordinating services from occupational therapy, speech therapy and mental health consultants.
Meetings with prospective families, particularly when they are concerned that their child has special needs.
Answering parent questions about common child-raising issues such as sleeping, eating, toileting, discipline, home and school routines, etc.
Referring families to Early Intervention, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Mental Health Services, Neurologists and public school programs as appropriate.
Providing “push-in” facilitated play services in the classroom for children who have difficulty entering social play with peers; this involves the Specialist helping a specific child work on play skills within the classroom rather than pulling the child out of the room. Working within the room benefits all the children and helps train the teachers to better facilitate classroom play.
Implement Social groups for children.
Working as part of an Admin team in training and supporting teachers in working with children who exhibit special needs.
Masters in Social Work or Special Education preferred. Three years experience working with early childhood population. Must be willing to travel, working in both Chicago and Buffalo Grove.
About Jewish Council for Youth Services
Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS) offers educational, recreational and leadership experiences throughout the year at our family centers, multiple summer camps and specialty programs. Programs are designed to nurture each child’s individual spirit, imagination, confidence and talents.
For over a century, JCYS has responded to the varying needs and shifting demographics in the Chicagoland area. Though our programs and services continue to change and evolve to meet the demands of the community, our commitment and dedication to service – and those we serve – remains constant.
Guided by Jewish values and culture, Jewish Council for Youth Services provides educational and recreational programs for Chicagoland’s children and through board service, develops the next generation of Jewish civic leaders.