Early Childhood Activities & Enrichment Classes

 

Mommy & Me Classes  |  Drop-Off Classes  |  Arts, Science & Cooking  |  Sports & Fitness  |  Dance

Aquatics  |  Vacation Day Programs |  Inclusion/Special Needs


 

Mommy & Me Classes

(daddies & caregivers welcome)
ages birth – 5
Click here to register online.

 

Movin’ and Groovin’

12 – 30 months, with parent or caregiver

Combine the sport of the Tumbling Tykes class  with the music of the Let’s Dance class and get the best of both worlds! In this combo class your child will swing, spin, jump, stretch, leap, roll and climb. We use rhythm, music and song to aid in the development of fine and gross motor skills, listening and social skills, while playing and learning.

Tuesdays, 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 24 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $209 / Community $253 (11 sessions)

 

Wonderful Ones

1 – 2 years

Join us for this Mommy and Me Class led by Sandi Waldstreicher, JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Educational Coordinator. Classes include free play, art projects, stories, songs and parenting discussions.
Children get a social, classroom experience while parents benefit from parenting discussions. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Thursdays, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 2
Member $195 / Community $234 (13 sessions) 

 

Babies and Babble at the J

A monthly playgroup for babies ages birth – 2 years with their parents or caregivers.

To register call the JCC welcome desk at 203.322.790. For more information, please contact Galit Roloff at 203.487.0974 or groloff@stamfordjcc.org, or Dana Drazin-Polikoff at Babiesandbabble@yahoo.com.

Fridays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Winter dates: Jan. 9, Feb. 6, Mar. 6
Yearly fee: Member $18 / Community $25

 

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.

 


 

Drop-Off Classes

(pre-registration required)
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Terrific Tots!
15 – 22 months

Introduce your toddler to his or her first “drop-off” experience. Our expert staff will create an individualized separation plan for your child. The three-hour class will feature free play, circle time, art exploration, water play, movement and snack, and will introduce your child to Jewish holidays and traditions. Parents/caregivers should plan to participate in the first two sessions to aid in separation. Class will be held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School. Dietary laws observed, all snacks are nut-free. For more information please contact Galit Roloff at 203.487.0974 or groloff@stamfordjcc.org.

Mondays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $600 / Community $750 (10 sessions)

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Mar. 25
Member $720 / Community $900 (12 sessions)

 

NEW! After-School Club for 2-year-olds
Creative Art for 2s
2 years

Children will have fun creating and exploring. Activities include space mud, finger painting, recycled creations and stained glass window decorations. Led by Missy Journick and held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Thursdays, 12 – 1 p.m.

Jan. 8 – Apr. 2.

$247, exclusively for members (13 sessions).

 


 

Arts, Science & Cooking

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Acting Out
3 – 4 years

In this class we will use props and costumes to act out popular children’s stories, such as Caps For Sale, Strega Nona, and The 3 Bears. Led by Jeanmarie Forte. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Mondays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 30 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
$209, exclusively for members (11 sessions)

 

Little Scientists
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. Led by Roxann Coppola. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Wednesdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Apr. 1
$247, exclusively for members (13 sessions)

 


 

Sports, Fitness & Aquatics

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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. 5 – Mar. 30 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $209 / Community $253 (11 sessions)

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 31 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $228 / Community $276 (12 sessions)

 

Gymnastics*
3 – 5 years

Tumbling, balance beam and rebounding, oh my! Students will increase flexibility, balance, strength, listening skills, and body awareness while learning the fundamentals of gymnastics.

Mondays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 30 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $209 / Community $253 (11 sessions)

 

Basketball FUNdamentals*

4-year-olds – Pre-K only

Learn the basic skills and fundamentals of basketball through fun drills and games.

Wednesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Apr. 1
Member $247 / Community $299 (13 sessions)

 

Young Yoga Masters
3 – 4 years

Give your child the gift of yoga from an early age. Through fun and playful movement, stretching, imagining and song, your child will develop greater body, mind and spirit awareness and fitness. Taught by Jackie Tepper, Registered Yoga Teacher, certified in Radiant Child Yoga. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Thursdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 2
$247, exclusively for members (13 sessions)

 

BVSA Little Sluggers Baseball*
3 – 5 years

Learn the basics of hitting, fielding, throwing, and base running with instructors from Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy.

Thursdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 2
Member $247 / Community $299 (13 sessions)

 

Tennis for Tots with Shane O’Reilly*
4-year-olds – Pre-K only

Have fun while learning tennis, with emphasis on proper technique. Class is limited to 10 students,  so sign up quickly!

Thursdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 2
Member $312 / Community $351 (13 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.

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 9 – Mar. 27 (No class Feb. 13)
$209, exclusively for members (11 sessions)

 


 

Dance

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Jazz/Ballet Combo*
3 – 5 years

In this combination class students will begin to develop dance technique through ballet, the foundation of all dance styles, as well as explore the creative and intricate world of jazz dance. Class consists of a center floor warm-up incorporating both ballet and jazz positions, across the floor and learning and executing basic choreography. Students learn direction changes, balance, footwork and the start of jumping and turning.

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 31 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $228 / Community $276 (12 sessions)

 

Hip Hop*
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.

Thursdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Apr. 2
Member $247 / Community $299 (13 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.

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Nov. 28)
$209 exclusively for members
(11 sessions)

 

*For these classes, FREE VAN SERVICE is available for JCC Sara Walker Nursery School students from Temple Sinai to the JCC. You MUST sign up at the nursery school if you wish to have your child take the van. Space is limited.

 


 

Aquatics

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Early Childhood Group Swim Instruction
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.

Swim Assessment for New Swimmers
For all children enrolling in a swim program for the first time, we strongly encourage you to bring your child for a free assessment. Our instructors will be able to advise you on the best class for your child based on his or her age and ability. Contact Aquatics Director, Daniel Servelli at 203.487.0990 or dservelli@stamfordjcc.org.

Fall 2014 Discounts
Sign up for session A and session B of group swim instruction and receive a 25% discount on the session B class.
• Offer valid for fall 2014 classes only.
• Must be for the same child, cannot be split between siblings.
• In order for your child to master each level, both sessions A and B are recommended.

 

Swim Refund Policy
Due to high demand and limited spots for swim lessons, the JCC refund policy will be strictly enforced. Refunds, credits or make-up classes for unscheduled absences cannot be accommodated. For absences due to serious illness/injury (doctor’s note required) or absences known at least one week in advance, we will make every effort to schedule make-up classes. Placement in make-up classes is based on the schedule of comparable classes and their availability.

 

Mommy or Daddy & Me
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 diaper and rubber pants with bathing suit required.

 

6 – 18 months
Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

 

(Mommy or Daddy & Me continued)

18 – 24 months
Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

 

24 – 36 months
Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

 

6 – 36 months
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 24 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

 

6 – 36 months
Thursdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26
Member $240 / Community $336 (12 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 diaper and rubber pants with bathing suit required.

 

Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m., 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

 

Tuesdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 24 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

 

Thursdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26
Member $240 / Community $336 (12 sessions)

 

Ready Now
2 – 5 years (parent optional)

This class focuses on weaning the parent out of the water, and will prepare the child to be independent 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 diaper and rubber pants with bathing suit required.

 

Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

 

Introducing the NEW 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. The JCC is pleased to announce the launch this fall of our all-new swim school. 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, the new curriculum is built in such a way that children will be excited to advance through each level. Every swimmer will receive a book in which he or she will be able to see 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. See class listings following all class descriptions.

 

Level 1 – Minnows

 

(Early Childhood)
Light Blue Swim Cap

Beginning swimmers learn basics of water comfort and safety — bob, float, glide and flutter kick in prone and supine positions. Introduction to freestyle and the foundation for backstroke.

 

Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

 

Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

 

Mondays, 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $200 / Community $280 (10 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.

 

Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

 

Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

 

Mondays, 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $200 / Community $280 (10 sessions)

 

Level 3 – Tadpoles
(Early Childhood)
Yellow Swim Cap

Children should already be able to swim freestyle and backstroke. We will work on gliding, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, retrieving objects, treading water and diving.

 

Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

 

Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308 (11 sessions)

 

Mondays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $200 / Community $280 (10 sessions)

 

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 ability and plan lessons around your specific needs to help you achieve your personal best. Lessons are 30 minutes and are sold in packages of 5 lessons. And we now offer 10-lesson packages as well. All prices are per person. For more information, contact Daniel Servelli, Director of Aquatics at 203.487.0990 or dservelli@stamfordjcc.org.

Private Lessons (1 person)
5 lessons
Member $210 / Community $250
10 lessons
Member $380 / Community $460

Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
5 lessons
Member $160 / Community $190
10 lessons
Member $290 / Community $340

Group Private (3 or more people)
5 lessons
Member $145 / Community $165
10 lessons
Member $260 / Community $300

 


 

Vacation Day Programs

Click here to register online.

 

Pre-K Vacation Day Programs
3 – 4 years
All vacation days are held at the JCC and include arts and crafts, free swim and active play. Children should bring a bathing suit, towel and lunch.

Monday, December 29
Going on a Bear Hunt
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$40 exclusively for members

Tuesday, December 30
Winter Wonderland
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$40 exclusively for members

Wednesday, December 31
New Year’s Eve Celebration
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$40 exclusively for members 

 


 

Inclusion/Special Needs 

For more information please contact Inclusion Coordinator Dinushka De Silva at 203-487-0946 or ddesilva@stamfordjcc.org.

 

Music, Movement, and Yoga 
2 – 8 years
This practice is fun and interactive! Through meditation, movement, and chants instructors provide techniques to work on improving concentration, mindfulness, self-control, and relieving anxiety as well as improving hand-eye coordination and thoughtful breath. Classes are kept small in order to modify and accommodate any individual needs. Both parent and child will learn to align the mind and body!

2 – 4 years (with parent present) 
Sundays, 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $110 / Community $165 (11 sessions)

5 – 8 years (parents may stay if they wish)
Sundays, 10:30 – 11:10 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $110 / Community $165 (11 sessions)

 


 

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