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Early Childhood Activities & Enrichment Classes

 

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

Aquatics 


 

Mommy & Me Classes

(daddies & caregivers welcome)
ages birth – 5 years

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NEW! 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. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 20, Dec. 4, Dec. 11
Member FREE / Community $5 per session

 

NEW! Marching Mommies
Starting at 6 weeks
Marching Mommies is a full-body workout that any mom can do while entertaining her baby in the stroller. The instructor will lead a variety of workouts that will include strength training, power walking, and overall toning. Any level exerciser can join! For more information, contact Allison Murphy at amurphy@stamfordjcc.org or 203-487-0980.

Wednesdays, 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Sept. 13 – Oct. 25
Member $7 / Community $14 (7 sessions)

 

NEW! 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.
Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Dec. 14
FREE

 

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. 17, Nov. 21, Dec 19
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.
Nov. 3, Dec. 1
FREE

 

Movin’ and Groovin’
12 – 30 months (with parent)
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, and listening and social skills, while playing and learning.

Tuesdays, 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Sept. 5 – Dec. 19 (No class Nov. 7)
Member $315 / Community $375 (15 sessions)

 


 

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 taught by Kori Myers and Melinda Velez. 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. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Mondays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Dec. 18 (No class Oct. 9)
Members $840 / Community $1,050 (14 sessions)

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sept. 13 – Dec. 20
Members $900 / Community $1,125 (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.
Oct. 20 – Dec. 22 (No class Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Nov. 24)
$161, exclusively for members (7 sessions)

 


 

Arts & Science 

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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.

Tuesdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Nov. 7)
$308 exclusively for members (14 sessions)

Wednesdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 13 – Dec. 20
$330 exclusively for members (15 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.

Thursdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 14 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Nov. 23)
$242 exclusively for members (11 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. 11 – Dec. 18 (No class Oct. 9)
$308 exclusively for members (14 sessions)

 


 

Sports, Fitness & Aquatics

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

W Sundays, 11 – 11:45 a.m.
Sept. 10 – Oct. 29
Member $192 / Community $216 (8 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. 10 – Oct. 29
Member $168 / Community $200 (8 sessions)

Mondays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Dec. 18 (No class Oct. 9)
Member $294 / Community $350 (14 sessions)

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Nov. 7)
Member $294 / Community $350 (14 sessions)

 

Yoga/Gymnastics*
Ages 3 – 5
We begin by relaxing with different breathing
techniques, allowing the children to calm themselves before starting a series of yoga postures on mats. Tumbling, balance beam and rebounding comes 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.

Mondays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Dec. 18 (No class Oct. 9)
Member $294 / Community $350 (14 sessions)

Wednesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 13 – Dec. 20
Member $315 / Community $375 (15 sessions)

 

Pee Wee Sports*
3 – 5 years
This class is 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. 13 – Dec. 20
Member $315 / Community $375 (15 sessions)

 

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. 14 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Nov. 23)
Member $231 / Community $275 (11 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.
Sept. 14 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Nov. 23)
Member $275 / Community $308 (11 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.
Oct. 20 – Dec. 22 (No class Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Nov. 24)
$161, exclusively for members (7 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 insure a spot at the nursery school.

 


 

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. 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. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Nov. 7)
Member $294 / Community $350 ( 14 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 will play games to fine tune their improvisational skills.

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 15 – Dec. 22 (No class Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Nov. 24)
Member $210 / Community $250 (10 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

JCC Swimming Pool Renovations Set to Begin August 11
Renovations will include retiling the entire pool deck, resurfacing the observation deck, draining and painting the pool and painting the walls and ceiling. Work should be completed by October 1. Please scroll below for updated class location and times.

Thank you for your patience and support as we improve our JCC!

 

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 Coordinator, Andres Baez at 203.487.0990 or abaez@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.

 

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

Sign up for both Sessions A & B at the same time and receive a 10% discount.

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Mommy or Daddy & 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 and rubber pants with bathing suit required. Please note: Classes will be held at Yerwood Center September 10 – September 24.

6 – 18 months
W Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22
* Location: Yerwood Center (9/10 - 9/24)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)
Session B: Oct. 29 – Dec. 10
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

18 – 24 months
W Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22
* Location: Yerwood Center (9/10 - 9/24)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)
Session B: Oct. 29 – Dec. 10 
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

24 – 36 months
W Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22
* Location: Yerwood Center (9/10 - 9/24)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)
Session B: Oct. 29 – Dec. 10
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

6 – 36 months
NEW START DATE
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Oct. 3 - Dec. 19 (No Class Nov. 7)
Member $242 / Community $330 (11 Sessions)

6 – 36 months
NEW START DATE
Thursdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Oct. 19 - Dec. 21 (No Class Nov. 23)
Member $198 / Community $270 (9 Sessions)

6 – 24 months
NEW START DATE
W
Saturdays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
 
Oct. 7 – Dec. 16 (No class Nov. 25)
Member $220 / Community $300 (10 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, swim diaper and rubber pants with bathing suit required. Please note: Classes will be held at Yerwood Center September 10 – September 24.

 

W Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m., 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22
* Location: Yerwood Center (9/10 - 9/24)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)
Session B: Oct. 29 – Dec. 10
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

Tuesdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
NEW START DATE
Oct. 3 – Dec. 19 (No class Nov. 7)
Member $242 / Community $330 (11 sessions)

Thursdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
NEW START DATE
Oct. 19 – Dec. 21 ((No class Nov. 23)
Members $198 / Community $270 (9 sessions)

W Saturdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
NEW START DATE
Oct. 7 – Dec. 16 (No class Nov. 25)
Member $220 / Community $300 (10 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 rubber pants with bathing suit required. Please note: Classes will be held at Yerwood Center September 10 – September 24.

Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22
* Location: Yerwood Center (9/10 - 9/24)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)
Session B: Oct. 29 – Dec. 10
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

 

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 excited to be entering the second semester 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 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. See class listings following all class descriptions.

 

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 introduction to freestyle and the foundation for backstroke. Please note: Sunday classes will be held at the Yerwood Center September 10 – September 24 and Monday classes will be held at the Stamford Athletic Club September 11 - September 25.

W Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22
* Location: Yerwood Center (9/10 - 9/24)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)
Session B: Oct. 29 – Dec. 10
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

W Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22
* Location: Yerwood Center (9/10 - 9/24)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)
Session B: Oct. 29 – Dec. 10
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

Mondays, 3 – 3:30 p.m. 
Session A: Sept. 11 – Oct. 23 (No class Oct. 9)
*Location: Stamford Athletic Club 9/11 – 9/25
Member $132 / Community $180 (6 sessions)
Sessions B:  Oct. 30 – Dec. 18
Member $176 / Community $240 (8 sessions)

W Saturdays, 9 – 9:30 a.m.
NEW START DATE
Oct. 7 – Dec. 16 (No class Nov. 25)
Member $220 / Community $300 (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. Please note: Sunday classes will be held at the Yerwood Center September 10 – September 24 and Monday classes will be held at the Stamford Athletic Club September 11 - September 25.

W Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22
* Location: Yerwood Center (9/10 - 9/24)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)
Session B: Oct. 29 – Dec. 10
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

W Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22
* Location: Yerwood Center (9/10 - 9/24)
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)
Session B: Oct. 29 – Dec. 10
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

Mondays, 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 11 – Oct. 23 (No class Oct. 9)
*Location: Stamford Athletic Club 9/11 – 9/25
Member $132 / Community $180 (6 sessions)
Session B: Oct. 30 – Dec. 18
Member $176 / Community $240 (8 sessions)

W Saturdays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
NEW START DATE
Oct. 7 – Dec. 16 (No class Nov. 25)
Member $220 / Community $300 (10 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. Please note: Sunday classes will be held at the Yerwood Center September 10 – September 24 and Monday classes will be held at the Stamford Athletic Club September 11 - September 25.

W Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22
* Location: Yerwood Center (9/10 - 9/24) 
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)
Session B: Oct. 29 – Dec. 10
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

W Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 22
* Location: Yerwood Center (9/10 - 9/24) 
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)
Session B: Oct. 29 – Dec. 10
Member $154 / Community $210 (7 sessions)

Mondays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 11 – Oct. 23 (No class Oct. 9)
*Location: Stamford Athletic Club 9/11 – 9/25
Member $132 / Community $180 (6 sessions)
Session B: Oct. 30 – Dec. 18
Member $176 / Community $240 (8 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.
Oct. 20 – Dec. 22 (No class Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Nov. 24)
$161, exclusively for members (7 sessions)

 

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