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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.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Nov. 12)
Members $660 / Community $825 (11 sessions)

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Sept. 19)
Members $840 / Community $1,050 (14 sessions)

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

 

 


 

Mommy & Me Classes

(daddies & caregivers welcome)
ages birth – 5 years

Click here to register online.

 

Mommy & Me Infant Playgroup
Birth - 14 months 
Bring your baby and join other moms at a fun get-together with music and movement. Being a new mom 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.
Sept. 17, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Dec. 17.
Member FREE / Community $5 per session

 

Playtime with Sandi
Birth – 2 years (with parent or caregiver)
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.
Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20
Members $40 / Community $48 (4 sessions)

 

Musical Tuesdays with Miss Jordana
Birth – 2 years (with parent) 
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.
Oct. 23, Nov. 27, Dec. 11
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) 
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.
Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7
FREE

  


 

Sports & Fitness

Click here to register online.

 

Now there’s more to do on the weekends @ the J!
W - Look for the symbol for weekend class offerings.

 

Golf for Tots with TGA*
3 – 5 years
Teach, Grow, Achieve (TGA) Premier Golf provides students the opportunity to develop their skills and passion for golf while using the sport as a vehicle for delivering curricula that are loaded with educational concepts, including STEM and life skills such as respect, honesty, perseverance and sportsmanship.

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 14 – Dec. 21 (No class Oct. 12, Nov. 23)
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.

W  Sundays, 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Sept. 9 – Oct. 28
Member $168 / Community $200 (8 sessions)

Mondays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Nov. 12)
Member $210 / Community $250 (10 sessions)

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 18 – Dec. 18 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Nov. 6)
Member $231 / Community $275 (11 sessions)

 

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

Thursdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 13 – Dec. 20 (No class Nov. 22)
Member $294 / Community $350 (14 sessions)

 

Pee Wee Sports*
3 – 5 years
This class will be a great introduction to a variety of sports, and a chance for the little ones to learn sportsmanship and teamwork. Some non-competitive games also will be taught and played.

Wednesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Sept. 19)
Member $294 / Community $350 (14 sessions)

   

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

Thursdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 13 – Dec. 20 (No class Nov. 22)
Member $336 / Community $378 (14 sessions)

 

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

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 14 – Dec. 21 (No class Oct. 12, Nov. 23)
$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

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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.
Sept. 18 – Dec. 18 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Nov. 6)
$242 exclusively for members (11 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 Sharon Deluca.Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Thursdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 13 – Dec. 20 (No class Nov. 22)
$308 exclusively for members (14 sessions)

 

Paper Maché Madness
3 – 4 years
Children will explore and enhance their creativity while working with newspaper. This will be a fun, messy experience. Children will create their own themed project. Led by Irene Okun. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Mondays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Nov. 12)
$220 exclusively for members (10 sessions)

 

 


 

 

Performing Arts 

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Hip-Hop Grooves*
3 – 5 years
Through age-appropriate popular music and dance moves, students will learn the basics of popping, locking, breaking and fusion styles. They will explore rhythm, syncopated movements, isolation and creative expression, as well as understanding the concept of performance. Students will learn set choreography and play games to fine-tune their improvisational skills.

Mondays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Nov. 12)
Member $210 / Community $250 (10 sessions)

 

Sing, Groove and Act!*
Ages 3 – 5
Sing, Groove and Act is a wonderful class to use the energy of dance, music and action! Students will participate in fun movement games with basic dance technique, leading to music from their current favorite radio stations and movies that they will sing along to. Students are inspired and challenged to use their imagination through action!

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 18 – Dec. 18 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Nov. 6)
Member $231 / Community $275 (11 sessions)

 

Ballet*
3 – 5 years
Students will learn 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.
Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Sept. 19)
Member $294 / Community $350 (14 sessions)

 

Jazz/Hip Hop Combo*
3 – 5 years
Although predominately hip hop, this class also combines jazz, providing students with a solid foundation of dance terminology and movement. This class will focus on isolation, intricate footwork, directional movement, jumps, leaps, the basics of turning, and more challenging choreography.

Thursdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 13 – Dec. 20 (No class Nov. 22)
Member $294 / Community $350 (14 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.
Sept. 14 – Dec. 21 (No class Oct. 12, Nov. 23)
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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Now there’s more to do on the weekends @ the J!
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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 bob, float, glide and flutter kick in prone and supine positions. Level 1 is the introduction to freestyle and the foundation for backstroke.

W  Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 16
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

W  Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 16
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

Mondays, 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Sept. 24,
Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Nov. 12)
Member $220 / Community $300 (10 sessions)

Wednesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 5 – Dec. 19 (No class Sept. 19)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 9 – 9.30 a.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 15 (No class Nov. 24)
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, gliding, flutter kick, turning over from front to back and back to front, freestyle, backstroke, retrieving objects and jumping into water over their heads.

W  Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 16
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

W  Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 16
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

Mondays, 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Sept. 24,
Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Nov. 12)
Member $220 / Community $300 (10 sessions)

W  Saturday, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 15 (No class Nov. 24)
Member $308 / Community $420 (14 sessions)

 

Level 3 – Tadpoles
(Early Childhood)
Yellow Swim Cap
Children should be able to swim freestyle and backstroke. We will work on gliding, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, retrieving objects, treading water and diving.

W  Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 16
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

Mondays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class
Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Nov. 12)
Member $220 / Community $300 (10 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 15 (No class Nov.24)
Member $308 / Community $420 (14 sessions)

 

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

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 14 – Dec. 21 (No class Oct. 12, Nov. 23)
$299, exclusively for members (13 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.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Nov. 12)
$220 exclusively for members (11 sessions)

Tuesdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Sept. 18 – Dec. 19 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Nov. 6)
$220 exclusively for members (11 sessions)

Wednesdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Sept. 19)
$280 exclusively for members (14 sessions)

Thursdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Sept. 13 – Dec. 20 (No class Nov. 22)
$280 exclusively for members (14 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.
Sept. 14 – Dec. 21 (No class Nov. 23)
$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 SWNS office or call 203.322.6541.

 

 

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Revamping The J

The Stamford JCC will undergo needed maintenance, repair and improvements at the end of the month. These projects will continue to implement the JCC's strategic priority of improving the user experience. The JCC will be closed Saturday, August 25