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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.

While Gardening with Amanda, 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 our Enrichment classes, or go for a swim and down the slide in our therapeutic pools.
 

Need a tutor or a little extra help on homework? We have that covered, too. Our Homework Club run by Little Scholars focuses on homework completion, test prep and small group tutoring. Life skills and teambuilding activities teach children how to lead others and accomplish personal goals. 

Kids’ Place includes creative activities, a daily snack, educational Judaic programs, flexible hours, age appropriate classrooms and mandatory homework time. We offer full-day programming on School’s Out days, too, including winter and spring breaks. 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 and Richmond City 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.

Click here to view some of our archived Kids' Place newsletters.

And, check out our video recap of this past year in Kids' Place!

Hours of Operation

Monday–Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

“School’s Out” Days: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Youth Programming at the Weinstein JCC is supported in part by: Rhona and Ric Arestein Youth Enrichment Endowment Fund, Bernard D. Packer Children's Endowment Fund and Simon Family Endowment Fund for JCC Youth.

Middle School Program

Kids' Place Middle school program is designed for kids in grades 5 - 8. Our program focuses on leadership development and enables this age group to participate in a wide range of activities designed to strengthen their social skills as well as their independence and confidence.  They will have a chance to volunteer within the community in addition to contributing to different programs happening at the Weinstein JCC. This includes but is not limited to volunteering, assisting with special programming, working in the fitness center and assisting with preschool/childcare classes.  

This year, our kids have already participated in a bunch of fun and enriching activities and programs:

  • Participated in sign language classes
  • Volunteered at the Virginia Home and the Ronald McDonald House
  • Learned about fitness and nutrition, including healthy habits and how to make healthy choices
  • Participated in some hands-on cooking classes with PJ
  • Incorporated Chrome Books into their homework routines
  • Visited Maymont

Activities will change throughout the school year, and we've got plenty more activities, programs and services in the works for the next several months!

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 amontgomery@weinsteinjcc.org.

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 mbunce@weinsteinjcc.org.

Kids’ Place Job Opportunities

Kids’ Place at the Weinstein JCC is now hiring for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. Applicants must be 18 years or older and have some experience working with children. We are hiring van drivers and counselors. Van drivers must have a clean driving record and must be 21 years or older.

Kids' Place provides a safe and caring environment filled with fun and exciting daily activities such as: cooking , gardening, swimming, arts and crafts, pottery, gym activities, enrichment activities, home work, etc. Applicants should be ready to work in a fast paced after-school setting with children grades K-8.

For an application or for more information, please contact Kids' Place Director LaVenus Harried at 545-8639 or lharried@weinsteinjcc.org.

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 lharried@weinsteinjcc.org.