Early Childhood Activities & Enrichment Classes

 

Drop-off Classes  |  Sports & Fitness   |  STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics  Performing Arts  |  Aquatics  |  JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Add-on Programs

 


 

Drop-off Classes

Terrific Tots!
15 – 22 months
Introduce your toddler to his or her first “drop-off” class experience. This three-hour class will feature free play, circle time, art exploration, movement and snack. Parents/caregivers should plan on participating in the first two sessions to aid in separation. Class is held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Mondays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Jun. 3 (No class Jan. 21, Feb. 18, Apr. 22, May 27)
Member $1,080 / Community $1,350 (18 sessions)

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Jun. 4 (No class Feb. 19, Apr. 23)
Member $1,200 / Community $1,500 (20 sessions)

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 2 – Jun. 5 (No class Apr. 24)
Member $1,320 / Community $1,650 (22 sessions)

To register, please call Michelle at the nursery school office at 203.322.6541.

 

 


 

Parent & Me Classes

(Caregivers welcome)
ages birth – 5 years

Click here to register online.

 

Parent & Me Infant Playgroup
Birth - 14 months
Bring your baby and join other parents at a fun get-together with music and movement. Being a new parent can be exhilarating and exhausting. Come share experiences and make new friends. For more information, contact Allison Murphy at 203.487.0980 or amurphy@stamfordjcc.org.

Mondays, 10 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18, Mar. 4, Mar. 18, Apr. 1
Member FREE / Community $5 per session

 

Playtime with Sandi
Birth – 2 years (with parent)
Join us for this class led by Sandi Waldstreicher, JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Educational Coordinator. Classes include free play, art projects, stories and music and movement. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, please contact Sandi Waldstreicher at 203.322.6541 or swaldstreicher@stamfordjcc.org.

Thursdays, 9:15 – 10 a.m.
Jan. 17, Feb. 21, Mar. 21, Apr. 11
Member $40 / Community $48 (4 sessions)

 

Musical Tuesdays with Miss Jordana
Birth – 2 years (with parent or caregiver)
Come sing and dance with Jordana Lubliner, music teacher at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School. Parents and children will love this developmentally appropriate participatory singing and movement program. Offered monthly at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, please contact Anne Liss Johnson at 203.322.6541 or aljohnson@stamfordjcc.org.

Tuesdays, 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
Jan. 22, Feb. 12, Mar. 12
FREE

 

Music Together The internationally-acclaimed music education program.
Birth – 5 years, with parent or caregiver
This wonderful program will nurture your child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. To register, please call Music Together of Fairfield County at 203.256.1656.

 

Shabbat with Sandi
Birth – 2 years (with parent or caregiver)
Come celebrate Shabbat with Sandi Waldstreicher, Educational Coordinator of the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School. Participants will share in a spirited celebration filled with singing and dancing. There will be challah and grape juice to enjoy. Program is held the first Friday of every month at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, please contact Sandi Waldstreicher at 203.322.6541 or swaldstreicher@stamfordjcc.org.

Fridays, 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
Jan. 4, Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 5
FREE

  


 

Sports & Fitness

Click here to register online.

 

Now there’s more to do on the weekends @ the J!
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Golf for Tots with TGA*
3 – 5 years
Teach, Grow, and Achieve (TGA) National Golf Enrichment Program provides youth the opportunity to learn the game of golf in a fun, safe and nurturing environment while instilling life values and educational concepts.

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 4 – Apr. 12 (No class Jan. 25, Feb. 15)
Member $312 / Community $351 (13 sessions)

 

Soccer with Blue Wave Kickers*
3 – 5 years
Fun is the single most important thing Blue Wave Kickers teaches! Let Coach Jonathan Bradley and his staff engage your child in physical activity while developing motor and basic soccer skills.

Mondays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Apr. 8 (No class Jan. 21, Feb. 18)
Member $252 / Community $300 (12 sessions)

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 9 (No class Feb. 19)
Member $273 / Community $325 (13 sessions)

 

Basketball FUNdamentals*
3 – 5 years
Learn the basic skills and fundamentals of basketball through fun games and drills with the JCC coaching staff.

Wednesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 2 – Apr. 10
Member $315 / Community $375 (15 sessions)

    

Tennis for Tots with Shane O’Reilly*
4 – 5 years
Have fun while learning tennis, with emphasis on proper technique. Shane is a USPTA certified tennis instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience. Class is limited to 12 students, so sign up right away!

Thursdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 3 – Apr. 11
Member $375 / Community $420 (15 sessions)

 

Stay & Splash* 
3 – 5 years
End your preschooler’s day with a mix of fun, games and instructional swim. All ability levels are welcome. Enrollment is limited. Swim cap required.

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan 4. – Apr. 12 (No class Jan. 25, Feb. 15)
$299, exclusively for members (13 sessions)

 

* For these classes, FREE VAN SERVICE is available for JCC Sara Walker Nursery School students from Temple Sinai to the JCC. Space is limited and is on a first-come basis. Register early to secure a spot.

 

 


 

 

STEAM  Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics

Click here to register online.

 

NEW! Incredible Edibles!
3 – 4 years
Get your creative juices and appetites ready as children will cook and create in this fun class. Each week will bring a new adventure with food. Led by Sharon Deluca. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Tuesdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 9 (No class Feb. 19)
$286 exclusively for members (13 sessions)

 

NEW! Adventure in Math and Science
3 – 4 years
Are you ready to explore? Each week will include experiments such as making a liquid tornado, painting with bubbles, magnets and more, as well as exciting math activities such as making predictions, working with manipulatives and more. Led by Sharon Deluca. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Thursdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 3 – Apr. 11
$330 exclusively for members (15 sessions)

 

 


 

 

Performing Arts 

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NEW! Intro to Breaking*
3 – 5 years
Introducing the wildly fun and entertaining style of Break Dance! In this class students will learn the basics of breaking, one of Hip-Hop’s most iconic and impressive dance styles. From the Top-Rock, to the Six-Step, students will learn the fundamental introductory skills that will build and condition their muscles, while exposing them to a different approach to floorwork.

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 9 (No class Feb. 19)
Member $273 / Community $325 (13 sessions)

 

NEW! Musical Theater*
3 – 5 years
Musical Theater is the perfect class for any student with a passion for singing, dancing and theater arts! Students will participate in performance-driven games and exercises that involve basic dancing and singing techniques, accompanied by tracks from their favorite movies and musicals. Students are inspired and challenged to untap their imagination and put their creativity to work.

Thursdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 3 – Apr. 11
Member $315 / Community $375 (15 sessions)

 

Hip-Hop Grooves*
3 – 5 years
Through age-appropriate tunes and basic urban movement, students will learn the foundational urban dance styles that make up Hip-Hop and Street Dance. They will explore elements of grooving, popping, waving, and breaking, while gaining an understanding of rhythm, musicality, and creative expression. Students will play games and practice exercises that will fine-tune their improvisational skills, and learn choreography and performance staging to apply all of the knowledge they acquire throughout the semester.

Mondays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Apr. 8 (No class Jan. 21, Feb. 18)
Member $252 / Community $300 (12 sessions)

 

Ballet*
3 – 5 years
In this class students will begin to develop dance technique through ballet, the foundation of all dance styles. Class consists of a center floor warm-up incorporating ballet positions, across the floor, and learning and executing basic choreography. Students learn direction changes, balance, footwork and the start of jumping and turning.

Wednesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 2 – Apr. 10
Member $315 / Community $375 (15 sessions)

 

Yoga/Gymnastics*
Ages 3 – 5
We begin by relaxing with different breathing techniques, allowing the students to calm themselves before starting a series of yoga postures on mats. Tumbling, balance beam and rebounding come into play when we start our obstacle work! Students will increase flexibility, balance, strength, listening skills, and body awareness while learning the fundamentals of gymnastics.

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 4 – Apr. 12 (No class Jan. 25, Feb. 15)
Member $273 / Community $325 (13 sessions)

 

* For these classes, FREE VAN SERVICE is available for JCC Sara Walker Nursery School students from Temple Sinai to the JCC. Space is limited and is on a first-come basis. Register early to secure a spot.

 


 

Aquatics

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Early Childhood Swim Program 
The JCC’s early childhood swim program focuses on water comfort and safety, while teaching basic swimming skills in a safe and supportive environment. In these innovative and fun-filled programs, parents are taught how to work safely in the water with their children. 

Now there’s more to do on the weekends @ the J!
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Parent & Me Swim
6 – 36 months (with parent)
Enjoy a unique bonding experience with your child. Children learn correct swimming movements while increasing muscle strength and coordination. This class lays the foundation for successful swimming in our early childhood swim program. Water safety topics also will be covered. Swim cap, swim diaper with bathing suit required.

6 – 18 months
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  Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Apr. 7 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

18 – 36 months
W  Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m., 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Apr. 7 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

6 – 36 months
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 9 (No class Feb. 19)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

6 – 18 months
W  Saturdays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 13 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $308 / Community $420 (14 sessions)

18 – 36 months
W  Saturdays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 13 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $308 / Community $420 (14 sessions)

 

Almost Ready
2 – 5 years (with parent)
This program is developed for children who have started moving more independently in the water under their parents’ guidance. Parents and children learn more about water safety and swimming technique. Children prepare to work directly with an instructor on their own. Swim cap and swim diaper with bathing suit required.

W Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m., 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Apr. 7 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Tuesdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 9 (No class Feb. 19)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 13 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $308 / Community $420 (14 sessions)

 

Ready Now 
2 – 5 years (with parent)
This class focuses on weaning the parent out of the water, and will prepare the child to work independently in a group lesson. Children are taught the final foundational skills that are the building blocks of swimming, and will learn about water safety. Swim cap, swim diaper and bathing suit required.

 Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 6 – Apr. 7 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

 

Private & Small Group Swim Lessons
Private lessons, alone or coupled with our group classes, are a great way to accelerate learning. These lessons offer a comfortable setting, so those new to the water can excel. Through an initial skills test, we can assess students’ ability and plan lessons around their specific needs. Lessons are 30 minutes and are sold in packages of 10 lessons and 5 lessons. All prices are per person. For more information, contact Alex Tkachuk at 203.487.0990 or atkachuk@stamfordjcc.org.

Private Lessons (1 person)
1 lesson Member $50 / Community $60
5 lessons Member $225 / Community $275
10 lessons Member $400 / Community $500

Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
1 lesson Member $40 / Community $48
5 lessons Member $175 / Community $215
10 lessons Member $310 / Community $380

Group Private (3 or more people)
1 lesson Member $38 / Community $44
5 lessons Member $160 / Community $190
10 lessons Member $280 / Community $340

 

Click here to register online.

 

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Swim School at the J!
Ages 3 – 5 
Where young children get a head start on swimming, gain confidence in the water and begin working on basic swimming skills, while interacting with an instructor and other children in a fun and safe environment.

Through our comprehensive curriculum children will learn skills, build knowledge, gain confidence and feel safe in and around water. Using a step-by-step approach to learning, students will build proficiency as they successfully progress through levels that teach the four essential strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Most importantly, our curriculum is built in such a way that children will be excited to advance through each level. Every swimmer will receive a certificate in which he or she will be able to see the specific skills needed to progress to the next level. Swimmers will also be awarded a new color of swim cap as they progress through each level. Each semester ends with a free swim competition.

 

Level 1 – Minnows
(Early Childhood)
Light Blue Swim Cap
Beginning swimmers learn the basics of water comfort and safety as they blow bubbles, put their faces under water, float, and flutter kick in prone and supine positions.

W  Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Apr. 7 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

W  Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Apr. 7 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Mondays, 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Apr. 8 (No class Jan. 21, Feb. 18)
Member $264 / Community $360 (12 sessions)

Wednesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 2 – Apr. 10
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 9 – 9.30 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 13 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $308 / Community $420 (14 sessions)

 

Level 2 – Guppies
(Early Childhood)
Royal Blue Swim Cap
For this class, children should be able to float (front and back) and put their heads under water. Swimmers will continue to work on floating, flutter kick, and arm stroke. Students will be introduced to freestyle, backstroke, retrieving objects and jumping into water over their heads.

W  Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Apr. 7 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

W  Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Apr. 7 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Mondays, 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Apr. 8 (No class Jan. 21, Feb. 18)
Member $264 / Community $360 (12 sessions)

Fridays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 4 – Apr. 12 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $308 / Community $420 (14 sessions)

W  Saturday, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 13 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $308 / Community $420 (14 sessions)

 

Level 3 – Tadpoles
(Early Childhood)
Yellow Swim Cap
Children should be able to swim without support for 15 feet and have efficient freestyle kick in this level. Rotary breathing, diving and butterfly kick will be introduced. This class will prepare children to enter or our pre-team program or more advanced swim school classes.

W  Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Apr. 7 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Mondays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Apr. 8 (No class Jan. 21, Feb. 18)
Member $264 / Community $360 (12 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Apr. 13 (No class Feb. 16)
Member $308 / Community $420 (14 sessions)

 

 

Click here to register online.

 


 

Private & Small Group Swimming Lessons
Private lessons, alone or coupled with our group classes, are a great way to accelerate learning. These lessons offer a comfortable setting, so those new to the water can excel. Through an initial skills test, we can assess your child’s ability and plan lessons around his or her specific needs. Lessons are 30 minutes and are sold in packages of 10 lessons and 5 lessons. All prices are per person. Contact Aquatics Director Alex Tkachuk at 203.487.0990 or atkachuk@stamfordjcc.org, for more information.

Private Lessons (1 person)
1 lesson: Member $50 / Community $60
5 lessons: Member $225 / Community $275
10 lessons: Member $400 / Community $500

Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
1 lesson: Member $40 / Community $48
5 lessons: Member $175 / Community $215
10 lessons: Member $310 / Community $380

Group Private (3 or more people)
1 lesson: Member $38 / Community $44
5 lessons: Member $160 / Community $190
10 lessons: Member $280 / Community $340

  


 

JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Add-on Programs Extend Your Child’s Day!

Twos Extended Day at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School
2-year-olds
Children enrolled in the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Twos program can stay for an additional hour of play.

Mondays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Apr. 8 (No class Jan. 21, Feb. 18)
$240 exclusively for members (12 sessions)

Tuesdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 9 (No class Feb. 19)
$260 exclusively for members (13 sessions)

Wednesdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Jan. 2 – Apr. 10
$300 exclusively for members (15 sessions)

Thursdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Jan. 3 – Apr. 11
$300 exclusively for members (15 sessions)

 

Friday Twos
2-year-olds
Add one more day a week of fun at school for your two-year-old. Children will have story time, craft projects, playground play and more. Children must be enrolled in the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Twos program to participate.

Fridays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 4 – Apr. 12 (No class Feb. 15)
$924 exclusively for members (14 sessions)

 

Afternoon Fun – New Flexible Extended Days at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School
3 – 4 years
Let the fun continue with 2 additional hours at school. Afternoons will include quiet story times, playground play, craft projects and more. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Offered Monday – Thursday from 1 – 2 p.m. and 2 – 3 p.m. Fee is $16/hr.
Register at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School office. or call 203.322.6541.

 

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