Inclusion Programming

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 Hannah Goldstone at 203.487.0996 or to discuss the details of what the class or program offers and if it is a good fit for you and your child’s needs and abilities. 




My name is Hannah Goldstone and I am the Director of Inclusion. 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, click here or please contact JumpStart Director Jane Faherty at 203.487.0980 or


Hand in Hand (Yad B’Yad)
Hand in Hand (Yad B’Yad) is a division of Day Camps@The J, offering a unique summer experience for rising Pre-K – 8th graders 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 each child’s ability to develop positive relationships and make social connections in his or her community and with peers, as well as create a fun inclusionary summer experience! For more information, click here or contact Hannah Goldstone at 203.487.0996 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. 



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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!

Middle School
Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 18
Member $160 / Community $200 (8 sessions)

High School and Young Adult
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17
Member $200 / Community $240 (8 sessions)


Exploring Science through our SENSES
Ages 5-10
Messy play is a key component to develop children’s fine and gross motor
and coordination skills. Through the children’s 7 senses we will explore different ways
to help them learn and grow. We will be creating and working with different textures
and materials each week. Whether it’s making Play-Doh, calming bottles, or fun gooey slime,
the children will have fun experiencing their 7 senses (taste, smell, sight, touch, hearing,
vestibular [balance], and proprioceptive [joint movements]) in their own way.

Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.
Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 16
Member $160 / Community $200 (8 sessions)


Everyone’s an Artist
Individual art is a vehicle for communication and self-expression through a variety of art mediums. This process-oriented experience allows the child the freedom to explore feelings and ideas, while establishing a good relationship with the instructor and peers.

Mondays, 4-4:45 p.m.
Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Dec. 6
Members $180/ Community $225 (9 sessions)



Calm & Connected: Parenting Kids with ADHD©
Workshop For Parents
Is there too much conflict and chaos in your home? Are you tired of the frustration? Need help setting boundaries and motivating your child? Wondering about how medication impacts ADHD©? Join Certified ADHD© Parent Coach Melissa Bildner for this popular 7-week program.

Oct. 19: Session 1 – Understanding ADHD©
Oct. 26: Session 2 – Remaining Calm and Connected
Nov. 9: Session 3 – Improving Communication
Nov. 16: Session 4 – Encouraging Collaboration
Nov. 30: Session 5 – Achieving Clarity & Consistency
Dec. 7: Session 6 – Enforcing Consequences
Dec. 14: Session 7 -  Making Better Choices 

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.
Member $175 / Community $210 (7 sessions)


Click HERE to register online.
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Finding Your Voice as a Parent Workshop
Monday, Oct. 25 • 7 p.m.
Virtual Event

Special Education Law and Advocacy Community Roundtable with:
• Attorney Lawrence Berliner, Special Education Law and Advocacy
• Jane Faherty, Director of Jumpstart, Stamford JCC and Special Ed Advocate
• Allie Grafman, Educational Consultant and Special Ed Advocate

A Parent Forum to Discuss:
• Taking ownership of your child’s educational journey
• Continuing the transition to back to school and beyond
• Parent observations, input and concerns in assessing their child’s progress
• Preparing for the PPT meeting
• Comprehensive evaluations and the IEE, review of progress and accountability
• School recovery and compensatory services
• Starting the framework for collaboration and communication with your child’s school
• Turning Point: Next Steps – What to do if your child is struggling and the school is not responding to your child’s needs
• Q&A: We know you will have questions, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us ahead of time! Let us know your questions, your concerns and your experiences. Please send your questions to Rachel Berliner at

Click HERE to register.


Click HERE to check out our Video Archive of past workshops.



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



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