Early Childhood Activities & Enrichment Classes

 

Parent and Me   Sports & Fitness   |  STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics  Dance & Arts Center  |  Aquatics  JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Add-on Programs  |  Drop-off Classes  |  Pre-school Vacation Days

 

Parent & Me Classes

(Caregivers welcome)
ages birth – 5 years

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Playtime with Sandi
Birth – 2 years (with parent)
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. For more information or to register, please contact Sandi Waldstreicher at 203.322.6541 or swaldstreicher@stamfordjcc.org.

Thursdays, 9:15 – 10 a.m.
Sept. 26, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19
Members $40 / Community $48 (4 sessions) 

 

Shabbat with Sandi
Birth – 2 years (with parent or caregiver)
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 swaldstreicher@stamfordjcc.org or 203.322.6541.

Fridays, 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6
FREE

 

Musical Tuesdays with Miss Jordana
Birth – 2 years (with parent or caregiver)
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.
Sept. 17, Oct. 29, Nov. 12
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.

 


 

Drop-off Classes

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. Children must be walking to participate in program. Class is held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Mondays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 16, (No class Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Nov. 11)
Members $660 / Community $825 (11 sessions)

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

 


Pre-School Vacation Days
Ages 3 – 5
All vacation days include arts and crafts, free swim and a variety of games and activities. Snack will be provided; children should bring a bag lunch. Pre-School Vacation Days will take place at the Stamford JCC.

Tuesday, November 5 • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fall Fun • Members $60 / Community $80

Monday, November 11 • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Animal Adventures • Members $60 / Community $80

Monday, December 23 • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Danny Magic • Members $60 / Community $80

Tuesday, December 24 • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Winter Wonderland • Members $60 / Community $80

Thursday, Dec 26 • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  
Kooky Cooking Creations • Members $60 / Community $80

Friday, December 27 • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pajama Day • Members $60 / Community $80

Monday, December 30 • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Slimy Science • Members $60 / Community $80

Tuesday, December 31 • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
New Year’s Party • Members $60 / Community $80

  


 

Sports & Fitness

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

  

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. 8 – Oct. 27
Member $168 / Community $200 (8 sessions)

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Dec. 17 (No class Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Nov. 5)
Member $231 / Community $275 (11 sessions)

 

Pee Wee Sports*
3 – 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.

Mondays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 16 (No class Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Nov. 11)
Member $231 / Community $275 (11 sessions)

Thursdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Nov. 28)
Member $294 / Community $350 (14 sessions)

 

Basketball FUNdamentals*
3 – 5 years
Learn the basic skills and fundamentals of basketball through fun games and drills with the JCC coaching staff.

W  Sundays, 11 – 11:45 a.m.
Sept. 8 – Oct. 27
Member $168 / Community $200 (8 sessions)

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

    

Tennis for Tots with Shane O’Reilly*
4 – 5 years
Have fun while learning tennis, with emphasis on proper technique. Shane is a USPTA certified tennis instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience. Class is limited to 12 students, so sign up right away!

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 13 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 11, Nov. 29)
Member $312 / Community $351 (13 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 secure a spot.

 


 

STEAM  Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics

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NEW! Art Explorers
3 – 4 years
Children will explore a variety of art media including paint, clay, paper, beading and more. Each week will bring a new art experience. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Mondays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 16 (No class Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Nov. 11)
$242 exclusively for members (11 sessions)

 

NEW! Hola Amigos
3 – 4 years
Through songs, games and poems children will gain basic conversational Spanish as well as vocabulary for colors, numbers, foods and more. This is a full Spanish immersion class. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Wednesdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Dec. 18 (No class Oct. 9)
$308 exclusively for members (14 sessions)

 

Incredible Edibles!
3 – 4 years
Get your creative juices and appetites ready as children will cook and create in this fun class. Each week will bring a new adventure with food. Led by Sharon Deluca. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Tuesdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Dec. 17 (No class Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Nov. 5)
$242 exclusively for members (11 sessions)

 

Adventure in Math and Science
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, as well as exciting math activities such as making predictions, working with manipulatives and more. Led by Sharon Deluca. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Thursdays, 1 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 12 – Dec. 19
$308 exclusively for members (14 sessions)

 


 

Dance & Arts Center

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NEW! Creative Movement
3 – 5 years
In Creative Movement students will learn the foundations of contemporary dance through a Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) framework. We relay this framework to make dance accessible to all students. They will learn to explore different levels, shapes, and dynamics with the help of musical cues and improvisational prompts. A scaffolded learning process allows students to feel supported while exploring a myriad of themes and topics through movement.

Session A
Sundays, 2 – 2:45 p.m.
Sept. 8 – Oct. 27
Member $168 / Community $200 (8 sessions)

Session B
 Sundays, 2 – 2:45 p.m.
Nov. 3 – Dec. 22 (No class Dec. 1)
Member $147 / Community $175 (7 sessions)

Register for the Full Session and receive 10% off. Discount reflected in prices.
 Sundays, 2 – 2:45 p.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 22 (No class Dec. 1)
Member $283 / Community $337 (15 sessions)

 

Preschool Acrobatics & Tumbling
3 – 5 years
Calling all kids who love to jump, leap, and tumble! Preschool Acrobatics is an introductory-level class where students will learn safely the proper techniques of basic acro and tumbling! We begin each class with stretching and conditioning exercises to warm up and strengthen our muscles. For the remainder of class, students will use the balance beam, spring board, wedge mat, and other gymnastics equipment to help them acquire the technique and muscle memory required for all skills and tricks! Students will increase flexibility, balance, strength, technique and body awareness through the fundamentals of acrobatics.

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 13 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 11, Nov. 29)
Member $273 / Community $325 (13 sessions)

 

Preschool Hip-Hop
3 – 5 years
Preschool Hip-Hop invites students to express themselves creatively through the basic moves and grooves of Hip-Hop dance! As they dance along to the latest, age-appropriate tunes, students will learn elements of grooving, popping and waving, while also gaining an understanding of rhythm and musicality. Through fun games and creative exercises, students will fine-tune their improvisational skills and imaginatively explore new approaches to movement-based expression.

Mondays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 16 (No class Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Nov. 11)
Member $231 / Community $275 (11 sessions)

 

Preschool Ballet
3 – 5 years
In Preschool Ballet students will begin to develop dance technique through ballet, the foundation of all movement. Class consists of a center floor warmup, 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.

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

 


 

Aquatics

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Early Childhood Swim Program 
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. 

Now there’s more to do on the weekends @ the J!
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Parent & 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 with bathing suit required.

6 – 18 months
W  Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 22 (No class Dec. 1)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

18 – 36 months
W  Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m., 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 22 (No class Dec. 1)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

6 – 36 months
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Sept. 3 – Dec. 17 (No class Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Nov. 5)
Member $264 / Community $360 (12 sessions)

6 – 18 months
W  Saturdays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Sept. 7 – Dec. 21 (No class Nov. 30)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

18 – 36 months
W  Saturdays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 7 – Dec. 21 (No class Nov. 30)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 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 and swim diaper with bathing suit required.

W  Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m., 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 22 (No class Dec. 1)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

Tuesdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 3 – Dec. 17 (No class Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Nov. 5)
Member $264 / Community $360 (12 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Sept. 7 – Dec. 21 (No class Nov. 30)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 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 bathing suit required.

 Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 22 (No class Dec. 1)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

 

Private & Small Group Swim 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 students’ ability and plan lessons around their specific needs. Lessons are 30 minutes and are sold in packages of 10 lessons and 5 lessons. All prices are per person. For more information, contact Alex Tkachuk at 203.487.0990 or atkachuk@stamfordjcc.org.

Private Lessons (1 person)
1 lesson Member $50 / Community $60
5 lessons Member $225 / Community $275
10 lessons Member $400 / Community $500

Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
1 lesson Member $40 / Community $48
5 lessons Member $175 / Community $215
10 lessons Member $310 / Community $380

Group Private (3 or more people)
1 lesson Member $38 / Community $44
5 lessons Member $160 / Community $190
10 lessons Member $280 / Community $340

 

Click here to register online.

 

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

 

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.

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, our curriculum is built in such a way that children will be excited to advance through each level. Every swimmer will receive a certificate 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.

 

Level 1 – Minnows
(Early Childhood)
Light Blue Swim Cap
Beginning swimmers learn the basics of water comfort and safety as they blow bubbles, put their faces under water, float, and flutter kick in prone and supine positions.

W  Sundays, 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 22 (No class Dec. 1)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

W  Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 22 (No class Dec. 1)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

Mondays, 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 16 (No class
Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Nov. 11)
Member $242 / Community $330 (11 sessions)

Wednesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 4 – Dec. 18 (No class Oct. 9)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sept. 7 – Dec. 21 (No class Nov. 30)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 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, flutter kick, and arm stroke. Students will be introduced to freestyle, backstroke, retrieving objects and jumping into water over their heads.

W  Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 22 (No class Dec. 1)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

W  Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 22 (No class Dec. 1)
Member $330/ Community $ 450 (15 sessions)

Mondays, 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 16 (No class
Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Nov. 11)
Member $242 / Community $330 (11 sessions)

Wednesdays, 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 4 – Dec. 18 (No class Oct. 9)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Sept. 7 – Dec. 21 (No class Nov. 30)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

 

Level 3 – Tadpoles
(Early Childhood)
Yellow Swim Cap
Children should be able to swim without support for 15 feet and have efficient freestyle kick in this level. Rotary breathing, diving and butterfly kick will be introduced. This class will prepare children to enter or our pre-team program or more advanced swim school classes.

W  Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 8 – Dec. 22 (No class Dec. 1)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

Mondays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 16 (No class Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Nov. 11)
Member $242 / Community $330 (11 sessions)

Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Sept. 4 – Dec. 18 (No class Oct. 9)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 9 – 9:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 – Dec. 21 (No class Nov. 30)
Member $330 / Community $450 (15 sessions)

 

Click here to register online.

 


 

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 child’s ability and plan lessons around his or her specific needs. Lessons are 30 minutes and are sold in packages of 10 lessons and 5 lessons. All prices are per person. Contact Aquatics Director Alex Tkachuk at 203.487.0990 or atkachuk@stamfordjcc.org, for more information.

Private Lessons (1 person)
1 lesson: Member $50 / Community $60
5 lessons: Member $225 / Community $275
10 lessons: Member $400 / Community $500

Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
1 lesson: Member $40 / Community $48
5 lessons: Member $175 / Community $215
10 lessons: Member $310 / Community $380

Group Private (3 or more people)
1 lesson: Member $38 / Community $44
5 lessons: Member $160 / Community $190
10 lessons: Member $280 / Community $340

  


 

JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Add-on Programs Extend Your Child’s Day!

Twos Extended Day at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School
2-year-olds
Children enrolled in the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Twos program can stay for an additional hour of play.

Mondays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Sept. 16 – Dec. 16 (No class Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Nov. 11)
$200 exclusively for members (10 sessions)

Tuesdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Nov. 5)
$200 exclusively for members (10 sessions)

Wednesdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Sept. 18 – Dec. 18 (No class Oct. 9)
$260 exclusively for members (13 sessions)

Thursdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Sept. 19 – Dec. 19 (No class Nov. 28)
$260 exclusively for members (13 sessions)

 

Friday Twos
2-year-olds
Add one more day a week of fun at school for your two-year-old. Children will have story time, craft projects, playground play and more. Children must be enrolled in the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Twos program to participate.

Fridays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Nov. 29)
$858 exclusively for members (13 sessions)

 

Morning and Afternoon Fun – Flexible Extended Days at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School
3 – 4 years
Let the fun continue at school. Mornings and afternoons will include quiet story times, playground play, craft projects and more. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Monday – Friday from 8:15 – 9 a.m. ($12/hr)
Monday – Thursday from 1 – 4 p.m. ($16/hr)
Register at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School office. or call 203.322.6541.

  

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