KIDS & FAMILY

Quality and affordable programs for infants, toddlers, children, and families.

  • The SYJCC Early Learning Center provides flexible and affordable daycare/preschool programs for infants, toddlers, and children. Our well-rounded curriculum prepares children to succeed in Kindergarten and offers added bonus programs including yoga, cooking, science, gym, swimming and an opportunity to learn a second language.

  • The Kidsplace program serves as an option for before- or after-school care providing social, educational and recreational activities for school-aged children.

  • The Butler Center provides recreational, educational and social opportunities for individuals living with special needs after school and on weekends.

  • Various parent-child programs, special programs when public school is closed and enrichment classes for toddlers to teens are offered throughout the year.

SYJCC EARLY LEARNING CENTER

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A Place Where Children Flourish

When you walk through our doors, your family is invited into a vibrant, welcoming learning community where children 3 months through 5 years are happy, have friends, develop self-confidence and learn everything to succeed in Kindergarten. With over three decades of experience, no other early childhood center can match our combination of caring, expertise, modern facilities and huge offerings. We strive to ensure that your child enjoys the best possible learning and developmental experience.

Philosophy

Quality child care and education depends on caregiving in a friendly, loving atmosphere. Children learn and grow best in a warm, safe, nurturing environment where they are encouraged both individually and in groups to experiment and make discoveries. Our center places children by age and developmental needs. These groups function independently but cooperatively, following routines appropriate to the development of each child.

Learning occurs in a variety of ways, both planned and spontaneous. The center’s program is designed to incorporate many possibilities. We encourage children to make choices and to discuss the activities in which they have participated.

There are opportunities for age appropriate indoor and outdoor play, story time, and routines of physical caregiving, health and competence. Experiences with music & movement, athletics, swimming, arts & crafts, and language and social development are abundant.

The Early Learning Center provides an environment in which children and their families feel at home and comfortable. An integral part of our philosophy is that we work in partnership with families so that we support their needs, child rearing practices and family values. Our program is based on practices supported by research in Early Childhood Education. Children learn by doing. We have created an environment and curriculum that is developmentally appropriate, supports children’s individuality and provides space, materials and activities through which we guide children’s learning.

Children are engaged in experiences that promote self-worth, self-esteem and self confidence, while learning to be responsible for themselves and their actions. They are taught to cooperate with their teachers and peers, while understanding their feelings and learning to express those feelings in an appropriate manner. Children grow and feel secure while learning about the world around them.

We Give You Flexibility

At SYJCC we understand that there are challenges in raising a family and managing everyone’s busy schedules. We give you the flexibility to schedule your children according to your family’s needs. For your convenience, we offer extensive hours – open from 6:30am to 6 pm, five days a week, including many school holidays. You can choose from:

  • Choose 3, 4, or 5 days
  • Choose 4, 6.5 or 8-11.5 hours per day
  • You can even add a day as needed

No need to prepare lunch – it’s provided to your child!

An Active Learning Environment
Recent studies have confirmed what we have known for years; preschool children learn best through active exploration rather than drills and memorization. Visualize your child making friends during circle time, learning new words in a story, mixing colors while painting, experimenting in a science lab, clicking icons on a computer or Smart Board, playing in the tumbling room and more…..

Children of all ages are nurtured and will grow in their self-concept, emotional, social, language, physical and cognitive development.

Weekly specials include Swimming, Physical Education, Music & Movement, Library & S.T.E.M. Lab: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Teachers and school administrators tell us that SYJCC graduates arrive well prepared to excel in school both academically & socially.

 

For fees & more information contact Miriam Truss, (631)462-9800 x114

EARLY LEARNING CENTER

Our SYJCC Early Learning Center is Here4You! With our enhanced COVID-19 health & safety protocols in place, our Center is open and ready to support working families with children, ages 3 months through Pre-K.  Our Center follows a UPK curriculum and offers many specials, including swim instruction, music, STEAM, Hebrew Language, Jewish Culture and more.  Take a virtual tour of our facility today!  Contact Miriam Truss.
Limited space is available.

FULL DAY AT THE J!

A place for your children to work and play!  School is almost here and every district has their own plan with many doing a hybrid model of virtual and in-person learning, or just one or the other. NOT TO WORRY!  The SYJCC has got you covered with Full Day and Half Day options, as well as A/B cohorts.  This program is offered for grades K-6, and will provide your child a safe place to do online virtual learning as well as participate in fun activities.   Limited spaces are available. For more information, contact Miriam Truss or click here to register today!

KIDS PLACE (BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CARE AT THE J)

Kids Place is a fun and safe recreational program offered before and after school, Monday through Friday, for school-aged children, grades K-6.  Your child will enjoy time with friends, play sports, cook, make crafts, and have homework help available daily.   Breakfast & snacks are provided.  Transportation is available to Commack and Elwood School District.   For more information, contact Ron Hayden.  To register, click here!

PARENT-CHILD PROGRAMS

They say it takes a village to raise a child.  Join us at the SYJCC and build yours.

For information about our parent/tot programs, contact Aimee Walter, 631-462-9800 x135 or awalter@syjcc.org.

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN 2 TO 5 YRS.

Check back soon for a list of upcoming classes, or email Aimee Walter, awalter@syjcc.org

SCHOOL CLOSING CARE

Holiday Programs (Available most school holiday closings)

Grades K-6

No school?  No problem!  The Suffolk Y JCC offers a full day of fun programs for your child during public school holiday closings. Children are grouped by age & participate in a number of activities including day trips, assembly programs, gym activities, swim time and arts & crafts.  These programs are open to members and non-members. Children not currently enrolled in Kids Place or SYJCC Summer Camps will need to submit additional paperwork before attending the programs.

Holiday Program Extended Day
Need some extra coverage for your child during school break before or after the program? Sign up for extended hours to add to the holiday program experience, 7:00 – 9:00am or 4:00- 6:00pm.  Hours must be prepaid at the time of registration for the program. (No additional fee for children currently registered in Kids Place.)

For more information contact Ron Hayden, (631)462-9800 x120.

BUTLER CENTER

Butler Center Programs

After-School Program Ages 13 – 18 years

Monday – Friday, 2:30-6:00pm

This fun filled program fosters group interaction while children may improve their motor skills, speech, language & independent living skills. A typical day may include, homework help, monthly edible projects, art projects, gym & fitness, swim programs that could include instruction, fun activities and more!  Click here to register.

The Butler Special Needs Center follows the Commack School District calendar. If school is not in session there will also be no after-school program that day. Light snack provided.
For more information, contact Stacey Astachovsky, x142.

After-School Classes  Ages 18-Adulthood

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 3:30-5:30pm

This program is intended for students attending an academic school day and would like to join our Grow 2 Discover classes.  Click here to register.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact Stacey Astachovsky, 631-462-9800 x142 or sastachovsky@syjcc.org

Sunday Social Group (Ages 13-29 years)

Sundays, bi-weekly, 12:00-1:30pm

Join our recreational groups for children and adults with learning differences & special needs. Led by trained staff, participants will build social, self-advocacy & effective communication skills while engaged in recreational activities with others. Swim and light snack included!

Sunday Lunch Bunch (Ages 13-29 years)

Sundays, bi-weekly, 1:30-3:00pm

Join us for lunch!  Attendees learn to prepare meals, cook, indulge & work together as a team.

Sunday Here With Us Art Class (Ages 13-29 years)

Sundays, bi-weekly, 3:00-4:30pm

Learn about the different elements of art and create a masterpiece!
Materials provided by the Here With Us Foundation.

Click here for more information about our Sunday Classes.

 

BSNC Holiday Programs

School Aged Children (5 – 18)

The Butler Center offers programs on most days when school is closed. Ages 5 – 18, up to 21 based on special consideration.   From 9a – 3p, join in on the fun in taking trips, swim, gym and tons of fun activities.

 

Adults (21+)

Know adults attending Day Services Programs that close for holidays? Looking for something to do on these days? Come share in the fun of our Holiday Programs! Come with old friends, make new friends and have a blast going out into the community, swimming and fun in the gym at your local Suffolk Y JCC. We ask that you bring a peanut free lunch, bathing suit and towel, and wear your sneakers. We look forward to meeting you at the next Holiday Program!

 

The Butler Center Grow 2 Discover Community Classes are now VIRTUAL!

These classes are open to the public and for multiple age groups.

Click here for virtual class details.

Fit-tastic Exercise
Exercise classes that teach healthy lifestyle, physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance general awareness.  Classes may include Zumba, Yoga, meditation,  Hip Hop, Tai Chi, and other genres of fitness and exercise.

Web Design
Learn the in’s and out’s of all levels of web design with our SYJCC web design instructor. Participants will build their own website, create presentations through Microsoft Office and more.

Theater Class
Learn the fundamentals of acting, singing, dancing and the basics of theater production.  Participants will act out monologues while learning voice infliction and enhance vocabulary through acting out words.

Fine Arts University
Learn all the different fundamentals and elements of art and genres of music.  Participants will be drawing, sketching, painting, and other STEM type creative art activities as well as identifying different types of music genre, instrumental sounds and the basic fundamentals of music itself.

Nutrition Through Cooking
Learn how to prepare light meals in your own kitchen.  Participate in activities related to learning cooking utensils, small appliances, recipes and other life skills needed to prepare a meal.

Social Sharpener
Learn effective communication and daily living strategies that may help reduce anxiety around peers and in the community while engaging in role playing and other similar activities that help identify proper responses through problem solving and body language.

Build your virtual personal schedule with us!  Various individual class sessions available in 15 minute intervals.

Fees for individual class options:

15 minutes: $15/NM, $10/M

30 minutes: $30/NM, $25/M

45 minutes: $45/NM, $40/M

60 minutes: $60/NM, $55/M

For more information, contact Stacey Astachovsky, sastachovsky@syjcc.org or Savanah Todaro, stodaro@syjcc.org

Butler Center Resources for COVID-19

The BSNC would like to share this suggested list of resources:

For more information contact Stacey Astachovsky, (631)462-9800 x142 or email sastachovsky@syjcc.org

CLASSP Intern Program

High School & Undergraduate Internship Opportunities – Consortia for Learning and Services to Special Populations (CLASSP)

Thanks to the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, Ramapo for Children Services and UJA – Federation of NY, the Butler Special Needs Center can offer you the internship of a lifetime! Working with children and adults with special needs is not only rewarding but also an incredible learning experience. Become a part of a team with your peers here at the Butler Special Needs Center. With plenty of programs running each day of the week, there are plenty of scheduled hours to choose from! Are you looking for something meaningful to do during school breaks? Then, this is the perfect place! SYJCC job opportunities may follow upon completion of program requirements.

For more information contact Stacey Astachovsky, (631)462-9800 x142 or email sastachovsky@syjcc.org

KAMP HOPE

Inspiring Hope for Families Living with Cancer
According to the National Cancer Institute, 24% of adults diagnosed with cancer have one or more children under the age of 18. This equates to nearly 3 million children in the United States living with a parent diagnosed with cancer. Patients with young children face even greater challenges with frequent separation, diminished levels of energy, financial hardship & physical changes in a parent’s appearance due to the unwelcomed side effects of most treatments. Cancer robs a child of the chance to be “just be a kid”. Kamp Hope provides opportunities for a positive, safe, supportive & fun day that lifts the spirits of the entire family.

For more information, or to make a tax-deductible financial gift, please contact Nancy Briel: nbriel@syjcc.org or (631)462-9800 x118