Early Childhood Activities & Enrichment Classes

 

Parent and Me   Sports & Fitness   |  STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics  Performing Arts  |  Aquatics  |  JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Add-on Programs

 

Parent & Me Classes

(Caregivers welcome)
ages birth – 5 years

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Parent & Me Infant Playgroup
Birth - 14 months
Bring your baby and join other parents at a fun get-together with music and movement. Being a new parent 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.
Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18, Mar. 4, Mar. 18, Apr. 1
Member FREE / Community $5 per session

 

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.

Friday, 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
May 3
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.

Tuesday, 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
May 21
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.

 

  


 

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.

 

Golf for Tots with TGA*
3 – 5 years
Teach, Grow, and Achieve (TGA) National Golf Enrichment Program provides youth the opportunity to learn the game of golf in a fun, safe and nurturing environment while instilling life values and educational concepts.

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
May 3 – May 31 (No class May 17)
Member $96 / Community $108 (4 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.
Apr. 28 – Jun. 2 (No class May 26)
Member $105 / Community $125 (5 sessions)

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 30 – Jun. 4
Member $126 / Community $150 (6 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.
Apr. 29 – Jun. 3 (No class May 27)
Member $105 / Community $125 (5 sessions)

 

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

Wednesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
May 1 – May 29
Member $105 / Community $125 (5 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!

Thursdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
May 2 – May 30
Member $125 / Community $140 (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. Swim cap required.

Fridays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
May 3 – May 31 (No class May 17)
$92, exclusively for members (4 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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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.
Apr. 30 – May 28
$110 exclusively for members (5 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.
May 2 – May 30
$110 exclusively for members (5 sessions)

 

 


 

 

Performing Arts 

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NEW! Preschool Acrobatics*
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 needed 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.
May 3 – May 31 (No class May 17)
Member $84 / Community $100 (4 sessions)

 

Preschool Hip-Hop Grooves*
3 – 5 years
Hip-Hop Grooves 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.
Apr. 29 – Jun. 3 (No class May 27)
Member $105 / Community $125 (5 sessions)

 

Preschool Breakdance*
3 – 5 years
Introducing the wildly fun and entertaining style of Breakdance! In this class, students will learn the basics of breaking, one of Hip-Hop’s most iconic and impressive dance styles. From the Top-Rock, to the Six-Step, students will learn the fundamental introductory skills that will build and condition their muscles, while exposing them to a new approach to floorwork.

Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
Apr. 30 – Jun. 4
Member $126 / Community $150 (6 sessions)

 

Preschool 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.

Wednesdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
May 1 – May 29
Member $105 / Community $125 (5 sessions)

 

Preschool Musical Theater*
3 – 5 years
Musical Theater is the perfect class for any student with a passion for singing, dancing and theater arts! Students will participate in performance-driven games and exercises that involve basic dancing and singing techniques accompanied by tracks from their favorite movies and musicals. Students are inspired and challenged to tap their imagination and put their creativity to work.

Thursdays, 1:15 – 2 p.m.
May 2 – May 30
Member $105 / Community $125 (5 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!
W - Look for the symbol for weekend class offerings.

 

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.
Apr. 28 – Jun. 2 (No class May 26)
Member $110 / Community $150 (5 sessions)

18 – 36 months
W  Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m., 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Apr. 28 – Jun. 2 (No class May 26)
Member $110 / Community $150 (5 sessions)

6 – 36 months
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Apr. 23 – Jun. 11
Member $176 / Community $240 (8 sessions)

6 – 18 months
W  Saturdays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
May 4 – Jun. 8 (No class May 25)
Member $110 / Community $150 (5 sessions)

18 – 36 months
W  Saturdays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
May 4 – Jun. 8 (No class May 25)
Member $110 / Community $150 (5 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.
Apr. 28 – Jun. 2 (No class May 26)
Member $110 / Community $150 (5 sessions)

Tuesdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Apr. 23 – Jun. 11
Member $176 / Community $240 (8 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
May 4 – Jun. 8 (No class May 25)
Member $110 / Community $150 (5 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.
Apr. 28 – Jun. 2 (No class May 26)
Member $110 / Community $150 (5 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.
Apr. 28 – Jun. 2 (No class May 26)
Member $110 / Community $150 (5 sessions)

W  Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Apr. 28 – Jun. 2 (No class May 26)
Member $110 / Community $150 (5 sessions)

Mondays, 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Apr. 22 – Jun. 3 (No class May 27)
Member $132 / Community $180 (6 sessions)

Wednesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 24 – Jun. 12
Member $176 / Community $240 (8 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.
Apr. 28 – Jun. 2 (No class May 26)
Member $110 / Community $150 (5 sessions)

W  Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Apr. 28 – Jun. 2 (No class May 26)
Member $110 / Community $150 (5 sessions)

Mondays, 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Apr. 22 – Jun. 3 (No class May 27)
Member $132 / Community $180 (6 sessions)

W  Saturdays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
May 4 – Jun. 8 (No class May 25)
Member $110 / Community $150 (5 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.
Apr. 28 – Jun. 2 (No class May 26)
Member $110 / Community $150 (5 sessions)

Mondays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 22 – Jun. 3 (No class May 27)
Member $132 / Community $180 (6 sessions)

Saturdays, 9 – 9:30 a.m.
May 4 – Jun. 8 (No class May 25)
Member $110 / Community $150 (5 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.
Apr. 15 – Jun. 3 (No class Apr. 22, May 27)
$120 exclusively for members (6 sessions)

Tuesdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Apr. 16 – May 28 (No class Apr. 23)
$120 exclusively for members (6 sessions)

Wednesdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Apr. 17 – May 29 (No class Apr. 24)
$120 exclusively for members (6 sessions)

Thursdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Apr. 18 – May 30 (No class Apr. 25)
$120 exclusively for members (6 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.
May 3 – May 31
$330 exclusively for members (5 sessions)

 

Afternoon Fun – New Flexible Extended Days at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School
3 – 4 years
Let the fun continue with 2 additional hours at school. Afternoons will include quiet story times, playground play, craft projects and more. Held at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School.

Offered Monday – Thursday from 1 – 2 p.m. and 2 – 3 p.m. Fee is $16/hr.
Register at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School office. or call 203.322.6541.

 

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