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Early Childhood Activities & Enrichment Classes

 

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

Aquatics   Inclusion/Special Needs


 

Mommy & Me Classes

(daddies & caregivers welcome)
ages birth – 5 years
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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 skill as well as listening and social skills, while playing and learning.
Tuesdays, 10 - 10:45 a.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 22 (No class Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Nov. 3)
Member $240 / Community $288 (12 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.
Sept. 24 – Dec. 17
Members $180 / Community $216 (12 sessions)


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” 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.
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sept. 16 – Dec. 16 (No class Sept. 23, Nov. 11)
Members $720 / Community $900 (12 sessions)

Creative Art for 2s
2 years
Children will have fun creating and exploring. Activities will include space mud, finger painting, recycle creations and stained glass window decorations. Led by Missy Journick and held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.
Thursdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Nov. 26)
$260 exclusively for members (13 sessions)

 


 

Arts & Science 

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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.
Tuesdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 22 – Dec. 22 (No class Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Nov. 3)
$220 exclusively for members (11 sessions)

 

NEW! Cooking Up a Story
3 – 4 years
Children will explore food and baking while experiencing a delightful story—Pancakes, Pancakes, Blueberries for Sal, Walter the Baker, to name a few! Led by Jeanmarie Forte. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.
Wednesdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 16 – Dec. 16 (No class Sept. 23, Nov. 11)
$240 exclusively for members (12 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.
Sept. 16 – Dec. 16 (No class Sept. 23, Nov. 11)
$240 exclusively for members (12 sessions)

 

NEW! Paper Mache 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.
Thursdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Nov. 26)
$260 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.
Sundays, 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Sept. 20 – Nov. 1 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $120 / Community $144 (6 sessions)
Mondays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 21 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12)
Member $220 / Community $264 (11 sessions)
Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 22 – Dec. 22 (No class Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Nov. 3)
Member $220 / Community $264 (11 sessions)

 

Music and Movement with Ms. Jordana
3 – 4 years
Calling all movers and shakers! Music and movement with Ms. Jordana will have everyone up on their feet, dancing to the Boogaloo, the Cool Cat, Razzamattazza, and more. We’ll shuffle along and even learn basic tap steps, use imagery for creative movement, do some choreographed circle dancing, and even throw down in a hoedown with some country line dancing! With the combination of music and movement, the children will have fun while learning to follow directions, sharpen listening skills, develop large muscle groups and improve gross motor skills. What a fun way to learn, release stress and recharge!. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.
Mondays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 21 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12)
$220 exclusively for members (11 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.
Sept. 21 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12)
Member $220 / Community $264 (11 sessions)

 

Pee Wee Sports*
4 – 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. 16 – Dec. 16 (No class Sept. 23, Nov. 11)
Member $240 / Community $288 (12 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.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Nov. 26)
Member $260 / Community $312 (13 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 8 students, so sign up right away!
Thursdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Nov. 26)
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. Swim cap required.
Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 18 – Dec. 18 (No class Nov. 27)
$260, exclusively for members (13 sessions)

 


 

Dance

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Ballet*
3 – 5 years
In this 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 ballet 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.
Sept. 22 – Dec. 22 (No class Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Nov. 3)
Member $220 / Community $264 (11 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.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Nov. 26)
Member $260 / Community $312 (13 sessions)

 

NEW! Yoga dance*
3 – 5 years
We begin by relaxing with different breathing techniques allowing children to calm themselves before starting a series of yoga postures on mats. We will then incorporate abstract thinking, encouraging creativity through movement and dance. A fun class to get your child in touch with his or her emotional expressive self in a healthy, calming and productive way!
Wednesdays 1:15 - 2 p.m.
Sept. 16 – Dec. 16 (No class Sept. 23, Nov. 11)
Member $240 / Community $288 (12 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.

 

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.


Swim Cap Policy
Everyone entering the pool must wear a swim cap. This rule applies to males & females of all ages who have hair, no matter how long.

 

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 cap, swim diaper and rubber pants with bathing suit required.

 

6 – 18 months
Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

18 – 24 months
Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

 

24 – 36 months
Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

 

6 – 36 months
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 22 (No class Nov. 3)
Member $242 / Community $348 (12 sessions)

6 – 36 months
Thursdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Sept. 10 – Dec. 17 (No Class Nov. 26)
Member $294 / Community $406 (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 diaper and rubber pants with bathing suit required.


Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m., 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

 

Tuesdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 22 (No class Nov. 3)
Member $242 / Community $348 (12 sessions)

 

Thursdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 10 – Dec. 17 (No Class Nov. 26)
Member $294 / Community $406 (14 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.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 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.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

 

Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Apr. 12 – Jun. 14 (No class May 24)
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

 

Mondays, 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12)
Member $231 / Community $319 (11 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.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

 

Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

 

Mondays, 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Sept. 21 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12)
Member $231 / Community $319 (11 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.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

 

Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

 

Mondays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 28,
Oct 5, Oct. 12) Member $231 / Community $319 (11 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 $220 / Community $260
10 lessons
Member $390 / Community $470

Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
5 lessons
Member $170 / Community $200
10 lessons
Member $300 / Community $350

Group Private (3 or more people)
5 lessons
Member $155 / Community $175
10 lessons
Member $270 / Community $310

 


 

Inclusion/Special Needs 

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

 

Music, Movement, and Yoga
2 – 4 years (with parent present)
This practice is fun and interactive! Through meditation, movement and chants, instructors providetechniques to work on improving concentration, mindfulness, self-control, and relieving anxiety, as well as improving hand-eye coordination and thoughtful breath. Class sizes are small in order to modify and accommodate individual needs. Both parent and child will learn to align the mind and body! To register, please contact Inclusion Coordinator Dinushka De Silva at 203-487-0946 or ddesilva@stamfordjcc.org.
Sundays, 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
Sept. 27 – Dec. 13 (No class Oct. 11)
Member $110 / Community $165 (11 sessions)

 

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