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Kids’ Place After-School Program

After-school means something cool for the kids who comes to Kids’ Place at the Weinstein JCC. For kids in grades K through 8, there’s always something interesting going on here.

In gardening, kids can dig in the dirt, plant, grow and taste organic and nutritious vegetables and plants in the Weinstein JCC Edible Schoolyard. Kids can also harvest vegetables and use them as they learn to cook with PJ in the Kids’ Place Kitchen. Or, they can hit a homerun, score a touchdown and become an MVP in a variety of sports in our gym and outdoor playgrounds. Kids can also create masterpieces and unleash their artistic talents in our art room or learn coding or golf skills in some of our Enrichment classes, or go for a swim and down the slide in our therapeutic pools.

Kids’ Place includes activities, a daily snack, educational Judaic programs, flexible hours, age-appropriate enrichment activities and homework time. We offer full-day programming on School’s Out days too, including winter and spring breaks as well as Kids' Place camp in the summer. Kids’ Place is open from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on School’s Out days. 

When school is “in,” transportation is provided from Henrico County, Richmond City and Chesterfield County schools, as well as many private schools. Special arrangements can be made for any transportation beyond these areas. We pride ourselves on a low child-to-counselor ratio (9:1), a dedicated and caring, professional staff, and serving children with special needs.

Check out our video recap of this past year in Kids' Place!

Kids’ Place “All Day at the J” 2020-21

To respond to the new needs of our community, we are excited to offer a brand-new program: Kids' Place "All Day at the J". Kids' Place is committed to partnering with our families to provide a safe space for students to do their virtual learning through their respective schools, while maintaining the normalcy of being in a nurturing, fun, and caring program with friends. Details of this new and exciting program are below. Your school's doors may be closed, but ours are open! 

I want to thank you and your staff for all you are doing for our students.  I get a little window into many daycares and learning pods, and the JCC stands out as superior.  I appreciate your dedication to making virtual learning for our shared students a success. -Local Elementary School Teacher

Why spend all day at the J? We will take care of everything! Our staff will create and keep consistency in your student's routine, as well as provide enriching activities each day. We will have continuous staffing, all of whom have been trained to maintain the highest level of safety standards and have already been implementing COVID safety protocols during our summer program. We are passionate about seeing your students continue to grow, not only in their education, but also in their socialization. Our licensed childcare program, led by experienced programmers, will take the set curriculum provided by your student's specific school and ensure they are maintaining their progress in those virtual studies. Parent's only responsibility is to provide their students with the resources necessary to complete their studies (school supplies, laptops/Chromebooks, headphones, schedules, assignment deadlines, etc).

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Session 1(corresponds with 1st marking period): September 8 – November 13
Session 2 (corresponds with 2nd marking period): November 16 – January 29
Winter Break Week 1: December 21 – 24
Winter Break Week 2: December 28 – 31
*Please Note: This program will be closed on: September 28, November 3, 26 and 27, December 25 and 31.
Program Fees:  
Session 1: $3750 
Session 2: $3375 
Winter Break Week 1: $375 for members, $390 for non-members
Winter Break Week 2: $375 for members, $390 for non-members

Only a few spaces in the K-1 Group! 

Click here for the All Day at the J application.

Kids’ Place Tutoring

Kids' Place is excited to offer professional tutoring for the 2019-20 school year! Whether your child needs assistance with understanding and completing assignment, help with study skills, and/or organizing written responses to assignments, studying for tests, or learning spelling rules and generalizations, help is on the way!

Tutoring Schedule/Availability

Tutoring sessions will be available every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. Scheduling sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis; each student must commit to his/her scheduled tutoring time, as there will be little flexibility in the schedule to change time slots. *If the tutor has to cancel a session, it will be made up at an agreed time and day without charge.

Cost: $40.00 per 30-minute session

Parents can choose as many 30-minute weekly sessions as they would like per month. In order to accommodate 6 students per tutoring day, we request that parents refrain from booking hour blocks at a time, unless there is availability in the schedule to accommodate the request. Students who are unable to be scheduled for September will be put on a waiting list. 
Payment for the number of sessions requested will be charged the beginning of each month to your credit card on file. 

About the Instructor

Susan Mossem is an Orton-Gillingham tutor specialized in working with students who struggle to read fluently, spell, and who have trouble composing written work. She is presently self-employed as a private tutor. Susan has spent the last 6 years working part time at Linwood Holton Elementary School conducting small group tutorials for grades K-5. Her training in the Orton-Gillingham method was completed at Riverside School where she was employed as a Language Fundamentals teacher for 14 years. Prior to her employment at Riverside School, Susan worked as an educational aide and tutor at Santa Barbara City College and Santa Barbara Center for Educational Therapy.

To reserve a spot for a session, please contact Susan Mossem at or by phone or text at (804) 200-8814. 

Outdoor Classroom

Our Edible Schoolyard

The Edible Schoolyard at the Weinstein JCC is a place where the whole center can go to learn, explore, eat and get dirty! We have 14 growing areas, including two raised beds with benches for easy sitting and gardening. Our gathering circle is made of boulders, and we gather there for class discussions and storytimes. Our greenhouse gives us the ability to get a head start on the seasons as well as a warm place to eat a snack and listen to the rain. It's the perfect place for a picnic and in-depth investigations.

We use the garden to produce food that the children eat during class lessons and in our snacks as well as donations to our on-site food pantry. We hold classes and volunteer days to involve the larger community, and we love seeing children showing their parents around the garden after they've been picked up from preschool or Kids' Place. Our Edible Schoolyard is a really special place, and we work very hard to care for it. We hope you'll come see for yourself how wonderful our garden space is!

As part of the weekly Kids’ Place activity schedule, we integrate gardening, harvesting and cooking activities into the regular classroom curriculum to support the development and education for a well-rounded child. Yielding seed-to-table learning, this outdoor and hands-on approach teaches kids the fundamentals of gardening, along with crucial life lessons about interdependence, caring for the environment and the value of hard work.

For more information about our facilities & outdoor classrooms, contact Garden Education Coordinator Amanda Montgomery at

Special Needs & Inclusion

The Weinstein JCC is committed to serving the unmet needs of individuals with developmental disabilities through social, educational and recreational opportunities. Along with our inclusive Preschool and After-school programs, we offer wonderful friendship and enrichment programs for both children and adults with special needs throughout the year.


Every child, age and ability is supported at the Weinstein JCC.

The Weinstein JCC is an inclusive organization that welcomes people of all abilities and is committed to serving the unmet needs of individuals with developmental disabilities through social, educational and recreational opportunities.

We strive to enhance the lives of children with special needs by providing opportunities for personal and educational growth in our Preschool, Childcare, After-school and Summer Camp programs. Our programs for teens and adults are designed to engage those with cognitive and physical disabilities through social, educational and recreation opportunities. And we’re committed to promoting full accessibility, with features that include a wheelchair-accessible van for transportation to and from activities.

For questions regarding our inclusion programs, please contact Director of Inclusion & Support Services Melissa Bunce at (804) 545-8658 or

Due to limited space and availability, registration for Kids’ Place is handled directly with staff. If you are interested in signing your child up for Kids’ Place, please contact Kids' Place Director LaVenus Harried at (804) 545-8639 or