After-school childcare program for children in the Irvington and Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown school districts.
Almost Home is the JCC’s after-school childcare program for children in the Irvington and Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown school districts (K-6). Buses directly bring students to the Shames JCC for a supervised afternoon, including snack (provided), time for homework, socialization, and a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.
Included in Almost Home tuition are weekly in-program enrichments such as yoga, soccer, theater, and karate. Additional information will be available in the Almost Home Parent Handbook.
Children in Almost Home may also enroll in our robust extracurricular programs at a discounted price.
Almost Home is a welcoming, inclusive environment, supportive of children with diverse needs. And, we are best able to promote children’s success in Almost Home with complete, open communication from the child’s family.
Upon enrollment, families are asked whether their child has any supportive needs around which AH staff should be aware (e.g., IEP or 504 plan, anxiety, mobility restrictions, sensory processing challenges, other). Those who answer “yes” to this question will be asked for additional information and will be contacted by an Almost Home Director to further discuss. Information will be shared only with those who need to know, in order to support your child. Through conversation with families, we aim to learn more about any specific needs and to collaborate regarding alignment of the AH program and what is most comfortable and appropriate for your child.
Almost Home is a 10-month program; the total fee is divided into installments that are paid monthly beginning August 1 and ending May 1.
Upon enrollment in Almost Home, you will be charged a $500 non-refundable deposit, per child. Deposits will be applied to your first monthly installment, due August 1 as noted above.
Withdrawal from Almost Home requires 30 days notice. Upon notification, any installments payable within the following 30 days will be charged in their ordinary course. Subsequent installments will be cancelled.
Almost Home will operate consistent with the academic calendars provided by the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow and Irvington districts. Childcare is provided from the time your child’s bus arrives at the JCC through 6 PM, even on days when there is early dismissal from school!
Specifically, Almost Home accommodates all early dismissal and half days from both districts. When there is a scheduled school closure in only one district, Almost Home will still run as scheduled and students from the closed district can be dropped off starting at 2:00 pm (because there will be no school transportation).
New this year, and subject to minimum enrollment, parents may elect extended coverage through 6:30 pm by enrolling in “Almost Home After Hours.”