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Inclusion/Special Needs at the J

Welcoming. Community. Respect.

Inclusion at the JCC means welcoming all, regardless of age, faith, ethnicity, need or ability. This belief helps make us a strong and supportive community and upholds the Jewish ­— and universal — values of welcoming guests, kindness, respect, and communal responsibility. Individual differences are to be celebrated and can only further enrich the JCC community.

We are encouraging those with special needs to participate in various programs, whether within our traditional classes or in our specialized programs. If you wish to join any class or program, please contact Liza Fahey at 203.487.0946 or to discuss the details of what the class or program offers and if it is a good fit for you or your child’s needs and abilities. Don’t forget to look on our announcement board at the JCC for the latest events, programs, lectures, and much more!





My name is Liza Fahey and I am the new inclusion coordinator at the Stamford JCC. I graduated from Syracuse University where I majored in child and family studies and minored in psychology. For the last three summers I have worked with Hand-in-Hand here at the JCC, and this past summer served as the assistant director. 






My name is Hannah Goldstone and I am the JCC’s early childhood inclusion coordinator. I received my bachelors of science degree in health sciences, with a minor in special education, at James Madison University. I work with JumpStart, our therapeutic early childhood classroom for two-year-olds with special needs, and also work with children on the autism spectrum and their families.



Teamwork & Social Skills Building


Part of our family of early childhood education programs, JumpStart is a therapeutic early childhood classroom experience for 2-year-olds with special needs. The JumpStart classroom follows the pattern of a typical nursery school classroom, offering invaluable social and educational experiences in a group setting. For more information, see page 1 or please contact JumpStart Director Jane Faherty at 203.487.0980 or

Hand in Hand at Day Camps@The J
Grades Pre-K – K, Grades 3 – 8

Two 3-week sessions: 
June 26 – July 14 and July 17 – August 4
Pre-K: Mon. – Fri., 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kindergarten: Mon. – Fri., 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grades 3 – 8: Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hand in Hand (Yad B’Yad) is a division of Day Camps@The J, offering a unique summer experience to children with a variety of needs, including, but not limited to, communication and learning differences, ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, sensory motor integration challenges, and those on the spectrum. The mission of this program is to improve children’s ability to develop positive relationships and make social connections in their community and with their peers, as well as to create a fun, inclusionary summer experience!

For more information or questions, please contact Hannah Goldstone (Pre-K–Kindergarten) at 203.487.0980 or or Liza Fahey (Grades 3 – 8) at 203.487.0946 or

Hand in Hand is partially underwritten by First County Bank and the Louis J Kuriansky Foundation.

Click here to learn more about the National Inclusion Project. 



Other Special Needs Offerings at The J

Angelfish Therapy
We help children with a variety of special needs, sensory issues, and motor coordination difficulties reach their full potential through fun and challenging aquatic therapy sessions, swim lessons, and even land-based therapy. For more information, contact Aileen Tisser at 203.969.6431 or



Inclusion Classes for the Fall Semester


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


NEW! Teen Cycling
12 – 16 yrs
Cycling will get you motivated and get the endorphins flowing. Get a total body workout – not just legs – and feel the team spirit! Increase endurance and stamina with a cardio workout that is lots of fun. In partnership with The Waverly Group. To register, please contact Liza Fahey at 203.487.0946 or

Wednesdays, 6 – 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 – Dec. 20 (No class Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 11)
Members $325 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

W Saturdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Sept 9 - Dec. 16 ( No class Sept. 30, Nov. 25)
Members $325 / Community $377 (13 sessions)


Music, Movement and Yoga
Ages 3 – 5
This practice is fun and interactive! Through meditation, movement, and chants instructors provide techniques to work on improving concentration, self-control, mindfulness, and relieving anxiety, as well as improving hand-eye coordination and thoughtful breath. Classes are kept small in order to modify and accommodate individual needs. To register, please contact Hannah Goldstone at 203.487.0980 or

Tuesdays, 4 – 4:45 pm.
Sept. 12 – Dec. 12 (No class Nov. 7)
Members $260 / Community $325 (13 sessions)


ArtWorks: Arts for Healing
Grades 2 – 8 and High School/Young Adult
Enjoy the benefits of creating art! ArtWorks takes place in a small group setting and is designed to help artists of various ages and abilities express themselves through art. The class also helps improve communication skills (expressive and receptive), social interaction, enhance motor function, stimulate emotional development, and foster self-expression. Materials including paint, clay, collage, drawing pens, markers, pastels, and charcoal give group members a wide variety of choices for personal expression. The group leader is a professional artist and art therapist who brings original and unique ideas to encourage individual creative expression. To register, contact Liza Fahey at 203.487.0946 or

Grades 2 – 8
Tuesdays, 4 – 4:40 p.m.*
Sept. 12 – Dec. 12 (No class Nov. 7)
Member $260 / Community $325 (13 sessions)

High School and Young Adult
W Sundays, 10 – 10:40 a.m.*
Sept. 17 – Dec. 10
Member $260 / Community $325 (13 sessions)

* Register early if you need the JCC van to pick your child up from Stamford Public Schools!


R&R (Recreate & Relate)
Grades 6-8 and High School/Young Adult
R&R is an active social program that meets during the academic year. We meet at the JCC to participate in activities together such as cooking, seeing theater performances, varied sports events, pool parties, volunteering, and much more, which are not only fun but also enhance team-building skills. The social groups provide youths with a structured and safe environment to develop their social skills and build relationships. The goal of R&R is learning to work together! To register, please contact Liza Fahey at 203.487.0946 or

Grades 6 – 8
Wednesdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m.* and Sundays, 12 – 2 p.m.**
Oct. 18, Oct. 29, Nov. 1, Nov. 12, Dec. 6, Dec. 17
Member $120 / Community $150 (6 sessions)

High School and Young Adult
W Sundays, 1 – 3 p.m.*
Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Dec. 10
Member $120 / Community $150 (6 sessions)

** Register early if you need the JCC van to pick you up from Stamford Public Schools on school days! Admission fees to all Sunday trips must be paid separately.


Classic Cooking
Teens and Young Adults
Collaborate on fun recipes while learning basic cooking skills and kitchen safety. After preparing food together participants will sit down to enjoy the food they have prepared while conversing with one another with the support of the inclusion coordinator. Each week an ingredient will be assigned to bring to the class. To register, please contact Liza Fahey at 203.487.0946 or

Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 21, Oct. 5,
Oct. 12, Nov. 23)
Members $180 / Community $240 (12 sessions)



Save the Date for our Fall Inclusion events:

Thursday, September 28 • 7 – 9 p.m.
Understanding the Link Between Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Learning

Thursday, November 9 • 7 – 9 p.m.
Special Education Law


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Fitness center, gym & pool open 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. JCC administrative offices closed. Join us for the Give a Child a Jumpstart 10th Annual 5K/10K Run/Walk Click here to register today! Check back for group fitness class offerings.