School Age Programs at the JCC
School Age programming at the J is home base for Camp JCC, After School Care (ASC), Nights Away at the J, School’s Out Days, and more! We help shape the minds and bodies of our youth using the entire 40-acre campus. Arts, education, sports, and games are all parts of our building process.
Benefits of After-School Care at the JCC
Our Night Away at the J evenings include activities such as art projects, playing indoors, organized group games, and athletic activities that help stimulate the social, emotional, and physical development of your child. The goals of our after-school program include all areas of development:
- Social: To help children feel comfortable, trust their environment, make friends, and feel they are part of the group.
- Emotional: To cultivate in our children self-confidence, independence, self-control, and a positive attitude towards life.
- Physical: To help children feel confident about what their bodies can do.
Our After School Care staff plan and manage all of our Nights Away at the J. They strive to make all children feel welcome and comfortable. Staff focuses on the individual needs of each child, their interests and talents, and encourages curiosity, creativity, and positive communication.
Our staff is well-trained (and retrained each year) in the areas of child development and health and safety standards. The JCC is also a Darkness to Light Partner in Prevention committed to the time and effort necessary to be educated on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Our entire facility is available for youth in our programs. We play sports and games in our gymnasiums, and youth also have access to our indoor pool.
While we recognize that many children in our program are not Jewish, the values we teach apply to all equally.
What to Expect
4–10 pm. Drop off and pick up at the Kraft Youth Wing.
During the school year, while school is in session, we offer after school care, and on days off we offer School’s Out Days. See the After School Care page for details and pricing. With one of the options, all School’s Out Days are included. When school is out for summer, we offer Camp JCC for K-9th grade. For schools with different schedules, we offer pre- and post-camp days before and after camp.
A typical Night Away at the J would look like:
4 – 4:30 Arrive
4:30 – 5:30 Swim
5:30 – 6:15 Dinner
6:15 – 6:45 Active Choice
6:45 – 7:15 Craft Choice
7:15 – 7:45 Active/Passive Choice
7:45 – 9:30 Movie
9:30 – 10 Pick Up
Click here for the current Youth Calendar.
Youth should bring:
- A swimsuit and towel
In order to provide a place where all children can feel safe and happy, both physically and emotionally, we take a proactive approach to bullying and have an Anti-Bullying Policy, using guidelines set forth by the American Camping Association (ACA). Bullying is when one or more people exclude, tease, taunt, gossip, hit, kick, or put down another person with the intent to hurt that person. Our staff is trained to prevent bullying and raise awareness by using different techniques and tools to help avoid such behavior.
The JCC is committed to programs that are inclusive. A child’s special needs should be communicated and included with your enrollment documentation. ASC may request a meeting with parents prior to the child’s start date and/or ask parents to observe our program in advance to determine if it is a good fit for their family. If your child has a Behavior Intervention Plan, a meeting with the program director to go over the plan will be required prior to the child’s first day of attendance at ASC. This plan must be submitted along with your child’s ASC Registration and Health & Medical forms.
For details about all the J’s policies for its after-school program, including Nights Away at the J, e.g., data privacy and confidentiality, behavior and discipline, cell phone policy, personal items, child abuse reporting, etc. download our Parent Handbook.
Participation in Nights Away at the J is open to all youth in grades K-5, members and non-members.
The cost to participate in Nights Away at the J is $60 for one child and $35 for each additional child (sibling). JCC members receive a discount as a benefit of membership and pay only $40 for one child and $25 for each additional child (sibling). View our Membership page to become a member and receive discount pricing.
Please note: Nights Away at the J are separate from School’s Out Day programming, and as such are not included in 5+ After School Care rate plans
The following forms must be completed prior to your child’s participation in the J’s after school care program:
- ASC Health & Medication Form. Return completed forms to the Director of Camp JCC and Youth (cannot be accepted at the Welcome Desk).