Per Connecticut state guidelines and to support the health and safety of our community, we have postponed all indoor classes until further notice. Visit the JCC Reopening Hub to stay up to date with our latest announcements. 

Children & Youth



Announcing JCC Backyard

Drop your child off to enjoy games, arts & crafts, science, and nature exploration. Low attendance numbers and half-day options ensure safe social distancing throughout the day.
Morning Session (Ages 5-7)

Mon-Thurs.* 9:30 AM-12:30 PM 7/6-8/20

M: $120/week | C: $140/week

*Friday rain make-up days will be available 

Registration is now CLOSED





Outdoor* Ninja Karate (Ages 5-6)

*held on the Norman Hurwitz Terrace Room Patio. (If it rains we will host a virtual zoom session)


  Time Dates Price
Thurs. 4:15 - 4:45 PM 7/9-8/13 M: $80 | C: $100


Traditional Karate for ages 5-6. Students will have the opportunity to test for belt ranking at the end of the session. 

Outdoor* Karate (7+)

*held on the Norman Hurwitz Terrace Room Patio. (If it rains we will host a virtual zoom session)


  Time Dates Price
Thurs. 5 - 5:45 PM 7/9-8/13 M: $80 | C: $100


Traditional Karate for all ages (7+). New & experienced students welcome. Test for belt ranking at the end of the session. 


Dance Classes:

Postponed unitl further notice

Creative Dance


A pre-ballet and tap class to teach our tiny dancers the basics of each style. In class they will be doing things such as warm-up exercises, musical games, patterns across the floor and small dance combinations. Ballet and Tap shoes required, Recital participation optional.



Registration Closed

Ballet/Tap (Level 1) 


Designed for our dancers to learn the basic placement of the hip and the line of the leg. We will be working on the positions of the feet and arms through developmental games and exercises and learning many new movements across the floor.


Ballet/Tap (Levels 2-3)


A continuation of our beginning class with an emphasis on strength, balance and flexibility. We will begin working at the barre and will have great fun combining movement patterns to go across the floor.


Registration Closed

Little Scientists® 

Postponed unitl further notice


The goal of Little Scientists® is to excite all children about the world of science, using innovative educational techniques. Coupling interactive projects, entertaining demonstrations and simple experiments with children's natural curiosity, Little Scientists® introduces children to the thrill of scientific discovery. Ages 3.5-5.

Registration Closed

Conversational Hebrew for Kids

Check back for upcoming dates


Kids' Ulpan! Give your child a chance to learn conversational Hebrew with our fun and lively Israeli emissary Lion Avraham. Ages 5+.


Registration Closed


Postponed unitl further notice


Time to get crafty! Students will work with a variety of materials to complete a different craft each week to take home. Grades 2-5.


Registration Closed

Crafternoons Jr.

Postponed until further notice.


Time to get crafty! Students will work with a variety of materials to complete a different craft each week to take home. Grades K-2. 


*Class will NOT be held on:

January 20 (session 1)

February 27 (session 2)

Registration Closed

Drop-in Options:

Postponed unitl further notice

Babies & Bagels (Ages: Birth-18 months)

Postponed unitl further notice


PJ Library’s educator and mindfulness teacher Stacey Battat (also a mom) will facilitate discussion around the season, the joys, the challenges and whatever else parents want to discuss at Bagels & Babies, which will take place alternate Wednesdays this winter. Meet at 11 AM in the Terrace Room behind Cafe 360 at the J, and we will move to the babysitting room for activities for older toddlers at 11:30. Free and open to all!


*Attend one or all playdates. 


Questions? Contact Stacey Battat at



Registration Closed

Sticky Fingers (Ages 2-5)

Postponed unitl further notice

Dress for a mess! Join us for hands-on fun with your toddler! Each session, a fun, kid-friendly recipe with be explored and enjoyed! Appropriate for ages 2+. Join us for one or all sticky finger sessions.

Questions? Contact Nicolle Camara at (203) 387-2424 x306 |

Registration Closed

Individual Piano Lessons with Yelena Gerovich (All Ages)

Lessons are available in the following time allotments, seven (7) lessons at a time. 

Seven 30 min lessons: Members: $250 | Community: $300
Seven 45 min lessons: Members: $350 | Community: $400
Seven 60 min lessons: Members: $400 | Community: $450

If students wish to take a trial lesson before committing to seven (7), rates will be prorated

By appointment only.


Please contact:


Barbara Zalesch at

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 Stacey Battat, PJ Library Program Manager for Greater New Haven, (203) 387-2424 x317,

School Vacations

K-8 | M: $57 | Afterschool $47 | Kids Klub $47 | C: $67

Fun-filled themed days with swimming, gym, outdoor time, arts and crafts, cooking, games and more. We provide all day care (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) with optional am and pm care available most days during school vacations.


Check here for upcoming Vacation Programs.