Children & Youth

Dance Director, Carlee Sachs-Krook

Carlee Sachs-Krook moves fluidly between the roles of dance educator and scholar. An ecletic groover with a background in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, creative dance, and Pilates, she holds a BFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University and an MA in American Dance Studies from Florida State University as well as Balanced Body Pilates certification. She has taught various dance styles to children and adults for over ten years across studio, community, and collegiate settings. Grounding in culturally reflexive and student-centered approaches to learning, she strives to nuture her students' curiosity, sense of play, and creativity. Her teaching practice guides her research interests, which lie at the intersection of dance, pedagogy, popular culture, and social justice. Her research appears in the textbook Dance and US Popular Culture edited by Dr. Jennifer Atkins and The Dancer Citizen.

For more information, please contact Nicolle at For registration questions, contact Barbara Zalesch at (203) 387-2424 x250 or

Summer After Camp at the J (Ages: 4-15)

Mon-Fri | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 


The Sports and Recreation department will run an After Camp program to extend the camp day! The perfect opportunity for campers who want to spend more time with friends, are looking to participate in afternoon activities, and to help parents who need care after 4:00pm. Families can register for any days needed and activities will last as late as 6:00pm. Activities will include outdoor play, water games, crafts, GAGA, free swim (Fridays) and many more pre-planned activities fun for all ages.


Transportation will be provided by staff from JCC Day Camps to 4:00pm classes for Dance, Karate and Swim Lessons.


Please note: After Camp is only open to JCC Day Camps campers.


Questions? Contact Kelly Dinapoli at

Kids Klub at the J (Ages: 4-12)


Join us after school at the JCC! Activites include homework help, playground and outdoor Gaga, gymnasium play, swimming in our indoor pool, arts and crafts in our makerspace, and so much more! 


Mon-Fri | 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM | September - June 2024

PJ Library

PJ Library is a national Jewish family engagement program that mails free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music to families on a monthly basis.


Greater New Haven’s PJ Library program is open to any Jewish children from ages 6 months to 8 years old. PJ Library and the JCC Family Center also offer family programs & events including author readings, story times, holiday celebrations, and Shabbat Friends - a weekly cooking series for children and their caretakers.


Kids and parents can expect to receive their books within six to eight weeks. Sign up online or contact Kayla Bisbee, Director of Jewish Family Engagement, at




PJ Library Storytime

Beckerman Lender Jewish Community Center 360 Amity Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525



Shalom Baby Cafe

JCC of Greater New Haven 360 Amity Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525