As the end of summer nears, it signifies the start of another school year. It’s a time when families settle into new routines, children meet their new teachers, and the JCC provides a variety of programs and activities for the fall. 

Children ages 6-weeks to 5-years-old, can embark on their first year of pre-school or enter a new classroom through the Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP). In addition to meeting new teachers and friends, children are given the opportunity to explore their interests while they learn new skills — allowing them a safe and supportive environment to flourish. 

Each classroom caters to the needs of the group to develop hands-on and interactive activities to support each child’s development. At the start of each year, the teachers get to know their students and their interests to create engaging units of study and help expand on their learning. All children 18-months and older attend physical education class each week to continue to develop their gross motor skills.

“September is one of our favorite times of year when children are all starting new adventures in their new classrooms,” said Pam Ranieri, director of Children’s Programming at the JCC. “ We spend time in the beginning of the school year getting to know the new children in our classrooms and helping them to learn routines and rules and make new friends.”

For children older than 5 who are enrolled in kindergarten through 6th grade, the JCC also offers Before and After care, which begins Sept. 6. Children enrolled in Jamesville-DeWitt elementary schools can be dropped off as early as 7 a.m. for Before School Care.

The JCC primarily serves children from the Syracuse Hebrew Day School, Jamesville-DeWitt and Fayetteville-Manlius school districts for After School , but is also looking into adding other schools. The After School program runs from 3pm to 6pm Monday through Friday. The JCC’s bus provides transportation for all Fayetteville-Manlius students, while Jamesville-DeWitt buses bring After School participants directly to the JCC from each elementary school.

Snacks will be provided and children are offered choices for afternoon activities. There are activity areas for all ages and interests, including the gym, playground, lounge for games, the children’s room for crafts and a homework room for those eager to complete homework assignments or who may need some extra help. Both programs offer a great opportunity for children to learn new skills and socialize with others in the community.

Enrichment classes will also be available for children ages 3-14, beginning Sept. 11. The goal is for children to get active, meet new people, and get all the benefits sports have to offer. Classes include gymnastics, dance, rookie sports, and school age karate. 

For more information and to register visit the JCC’s website jccsyr.org or reach out to Pam Ranieri at 315-445-2360 or [email protected]