Early Childhood Activities & Enrichment Classes

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Early Childhood Aquatics

  

Mommy & Me Classes
(Daddies & caregivers welcome!) 

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Movin’ and Groovin’
12 – 30 months, with parent or caregiver
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, as well as listening and social skills, while playing and learning.

Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Apr. 29 – Jun. 17
Members $152 / Community $184 
(8 Sessions)

 

NEW! Babies and Babble
Birth – 2 years, with parent or caregiver
A new weekly playgroup at the Stamford JCC. For more information please contact Galit Roloff at 203.487.0974 or groloff@stamfordjcc.org, and Dana Drazin-Polikoff at 646.246.6446 or Babiesandbabble@yahoo.com.

Wednesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Members $18 / Community $25, one-time fee, class runs through May 28      

 

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.

 



Programs

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Terrific Tots!
15 – 22 months
Introduce your toddler to his or her first “drop-off” experience. Our experienced 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. Dietary laws observed, all snacks are nut-free. A parent enrolling his/her child in this program will receive one free group exercise class at the JCC per week (Zumba, Spin, Yoga or Boot Camp). Terrific Tots will be held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School. For more information please contact Galit Roloff at 203.487.0974 or groloff@stamfordjcc.org.

Mondays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Apr. 28 – Jun. 2 (No class May 26)
Members $300 / Community $375
(5 sessions)

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Apr. 30 – May 28
Members $300 / Community $375
(5 sessions)

Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
May 1 – May 29
Members $300 / Community $375
(5 sessions)

 

NEW! Babies and Babble
Birth – 2 years, with parent or caregiver
A new weekly playgroup at the Stamford JCC. For more information please contact Galit Roloff at 203.487.0974 or groloff@stamfordjcc.org, and Dana Drazin-Polikoff at 646.246.6446 or Babiesandbabble@yahoo.com.

Wednesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Members $18 / Community $25, one-time fee, class runs through May 28 

 



Afternoon Classes Ages 3 – 5


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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.

Sundays, 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Apr. 27 – Jun. 8 (No class May 25)
Members $114 / Community $138
(6 sessions)

Mondays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 28 – Jun. 2 (No class May 26)
Members $95 / Community $115
(5 sessions)

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 29 – May 27
Members $95 / Community $115
(5 sessions)

 

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.
April 28 – Jun. 2 (No class May 26)
$95 exclusively for members
(5 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.
Apr. 28 – Jun. 2 (No class May 26)
Members $95 / Community $115
(5 sessions)

 

Kooky Creations
3 – 4 years
Children will make sparkling stars, tie-dyed shirts, erupting volcanoes, and sugar crystal necklaces. Each session includes crafts, experiments, and stories. Led by Karen Dern. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Tuesdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 29 – May 27
$95 exclusively for members
(5 sessions)

 

NEW! 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.

Tuesdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 29 – May 27
$95 exclusively for members
(5 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.

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 29 – May 27
$95 exclusively for members
(5 sessions)

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 25 – May 30
$114 exclusively for members
(6 sessions)

 

Little Scientists
3 – 4 years
Are you ready to explore? Each week will include experiments, songs, stories and crafts based on a science theme. Led by Roxann Coppola. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Wednesdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 23 – May 28
$114 exclusively for members
(6 sessions)

 

Pee Wee Sports*
4 years – Pre-K only
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 will be taught and played. Taught by coach Stefan.

Wednesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 23 – May 28
Members $114 / Community $138
(6 sessions)

 

Edible Art
3 – 5 years
Have you ever made stained glass artwork out of food? Or a Torah out of food? Join this club to make masterpieces, all out of food. Children will create exciting, yummy masterpieces each week. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Thursdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 24 – May 29
$114 exclusively for members
(6 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.
Apr. 24 – May 29
Member $114 / Community $138
(6 sessions)

 

Tennis for Tots with Shane O’Reilly*
4 years – Pre-K only
Have fun while learning tennis, with emphasis on proper technique. Class is limited to eight students, so sign up quickly!

Thursdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 24 – May 29
Members $144 / Community $168
(6 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.
 



Dance Classes


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Jazz/Ballet Combo*
3 – 5 years
In this combination class, students will begin to develop their 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.
Apr. 29 – May 27
Members $95 / Community $115
(5 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. Along with learning set choreography, the students also play dance-related games to fine-tune their improvisational skills.

Thursdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 24 – May 29
Members $114 / Community $138
(6 sessions)

 

Zumba® Jr.*
3 – 5 years
Designed exclusively for kids, Zumba® Jr. classes are rocking, high-energy fitness parties packed with specially choreographed kid-friendly routines. Classes include dancing and a craft. Come join us for these coordination-enhancing sessions of fun!

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 25 – May 30
Members $114 / Community $138
(6 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.

 


 

Pre-K Vacation Day Programs


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Nursery School Vacation Day Programs
3 – 4 years
All vacation days are held at the JCC and include arts and crafts, free swim, stories and snack. Children bring their own lunches.

Monday, April 14
April Showers Bring May Flowers 
Experiments with water.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
$40 exclusively for members

Thursday, April 17
Gardening Fun
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  
$40 exclusively for members

 



Early Childhood Aquatics  


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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 $200 / Community $240
10 lessons
Member $370 / Community $450

 

Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
5 lessons
Member $150 / Community $180
10 lessons
Member $280 / Community $330

 

Group Private (3 or more people)
5 lessons
Member $135 / Community $155
10 lessons
Member $250 / Community $290

 

Swimming Classes

Early Childhood Aquatics Classes for Ages Birth – 5

The JCC utilizes the American Red Cross Aquatics program to promote water safety, aquatic adjustment, swimming readiness and enjoyment in the water. With the assistance of trained instructors and parental encouragement, your child will gain confidence in the aquatic environment.

Parents please note: Children 10 years of age and younger must be supervised by a parent, both on the pool deck and in the water. Children under 5 years of age must be walked down to their lessons and picked up at the pool on time. Our instructors cannot be responsible for watching children once the class is over. Spectators are requested to observe swim lessons from the observation deck or the ante room outside the pool. The ante room has a large glass window for viewing to minimize distractions. Thank you for your cooperation. Your child's safety is our number one priority!
 

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.

 

Refund Policy
Due to high demand and limited spots for swim lessons, the JCC refund policy will be enforced strictly.  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 with bathing suit required.

Sundays
6 – 18 months: 9:30 – 10 a.m.
18 – 24 months: 10 – 10:30 a.m.
24 – 36 months: 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Apr. 27 – Jun. 8 (No class May 25)
Members $120 / Community $168
(6 sessions)

Tuesdays
6 – 36 months: 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Apr. 29 – Jun. 17
Members $160 / Community $224
(8 sessions)

Thursdays
6 – 36 months: 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Apr. 24 – Jun. 19 (No class Jun. 5)
Members $160 / Community $224
(8 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 with bathing suit is required.

Sundays
9 – 9:30 a.m., 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Apr. 27 – Jun. 8 (No class May 25)
Members $120 / Community $168
(6 sessions)

Tuesdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Apr. 29 – Jun. 17
Members $160 / Community $224
(8 sessions)

Thursdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Apr. 24 – Jun.19 (No class Jun. 5)
Members $160 / Community $224
(8 sessions)

 

Ready Now
2 – 5 years (parent optional)
Your child’s first experience in the pool without parental assistance. Children are taught the final foundational skills that are the building blocks of swimming. They also will learn about water safety. Swim diaper with bathing suit required.

Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Apr. 27 – Jun. 8 (No class May 25)
Members $120 / Community $168
(6 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.

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 29 – May 27
$95 exclusively for members
(5 sessions)

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 25 – May 30
$114 exclusively for members
(6 sessions)

 

Group Class Swim Instruction

Designed to allow young children to get a head start on swimming, gain comfort 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 semester ends with a free swim competition. See class listings following all class descriptions.

 

Swim Assessments 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. In just a few short minutes, our instructors will be able to advise you on the best class for your child based on his or her age and ability. Contact the Aquatics office at 203.487.0990 for an appointment.

 

Level 1 – Minnows
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.

 

Level 2 – Guppies
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, and backstroke, retrieving objects and jumping into water over their heads.

 

Level 3 – Tadpoles
Children should already be able to swim freestyle and backstroke. We will work on gliding, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, retrieving objects and treading water.

 

Sunday Swim Classes
9 – 9:30 a.m.: Level 1 – Minnows
9:30 – 10 a.m.: Level 2 – Guppies
10 – 10:30 a.m.: Level 3 – Tadpoles
10:30 – 11 a.m.: Level 1 – Minnows
11 – 11:30 a.m.: Level 2 – Guppies
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Level 3 – Tadpoles
Apr. 27 – Jun. 8 (No class May 25)
Members $120 / Community $168
(6 sessions)

 

Monday Swim Classes
3 – 3:30 p.m.: Level 1 – Minnows
3:30 – 4 p.m.: Level 2 – Guppies
4 – 4:30 p.m.: Level 3 – Tadpoles
Apr. 28 – Jun. 16 (No class May 26)
Members $140 / Community $196
(7 sessions)

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JCC open regular hours. After 4 p.m., casual use only.* *Regular enrichment classes are not scheduled on Jewish holidays so as not to exclude those individuals who cannot participate. Private swimming lessons, drop-in group fitness classes and