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Shames JCC VOD!

Shames JCC VOD!

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Childcare • Early Childhood

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Parents and New Babies with Jennifer Convissor, LCSW

Infants (up to 9 months) and their parent(s)

Spring 2020
January 10 – March 6
8 Fridays, 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
No class on February 21
Members: $45; Non-members: $85

March 13 – May 8
8 Fridays, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
No class on April 10
Members: $45; Non-members: $85

Summer 2020
July 8 – 29
4 Wednesdays, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Members: $20; Non-members: $40


A baby changes our lives in expected ways (Diapers! Crying!  Bottles!), but also in ways that catch us completely unprepared.  For all these reasons and more, new parents need to connect with other new   parents – Sometimes the only ones who can truly understand, are those who are also in the thick of it.  This family program at Shames JCC on the Hudson brings new parents together to make personal connections, learn from each other’s experiences and create the opportunity for pre-crawling babies and parents to socialize in a safe, fun environment.  These groups are facilitated by Jennifer Convissor, LCSW. Contact Jennifer for more information: jconvissor@shamesjcc.org, 914-366-7898 x 1162.



6 months-8 years

Hours of Operation/Phone Call Reservation Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Email Reservation Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday-Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Pre-registration is required. Please email kidspace@shamesjcc.org or call 914-847-9088 to reserve a spot for your child. Space is limited.

Members Only: $8.00/hour;
1-hour minimum, 2 hours maximum/day*

*For children under the age of 1 year old, the maximum stay is 1.5 hours.


Whether you are taking a fitness class, need to drop off your child as you run errands or simply want some down time, Kidspace is here for you. Children play and socialize under the nurturing care of a highly-trained, professional staff.


Kidspace Policies
  • Kidspace is for children ages 6 months – 8 years.
  •  Kidspace is a service provided for Shames JCC MEMBERS only.
  •  Outside food is NOT permitted in Kidspace.  The only exceptions are bottles,       sippy-cups and pre-packaged, commercially prepared baby food.
  •  As is age-appropriate, and unless otherwise informed in writing, Kidspace staff     may offer kosher, nut-free snacks (e.g., animal crackers, gold fish, or pretzels) to participating children.
  • For the safety of our children and staff, those who are sick may not participate in Kidspace.
  • Parents will be contacted to pick-up children who display extreme difficulty adjusting to the Kidspace environment.



In order to ensure the best experience for children in our Kidspace program, we maintain appropriate staff to child ratios based on the ages of the children at any given time.  This is why reservations are so important and why we ask families to adhere to our reservation policies (below). The safety and positive experience of our Kidspace participants is dependent on our ability to plan in advance.

Furthermore, our Kidspace program is in high demand and slots fill up quickly. Please help us accommodate as many families as possible by maintaining your reservations and dropping off and picking up on time. Any missed reservations, including reservations canceled less than 24-hours before drop off time may be charged for scheduled times. Families that exhibit a pattern of late pick-ups and missed reservations, will not be able to take advantage of our Kidspace program.

  • No walk-ins are permitted
  • Reservations are charged by the hour with one hour minimum and two hour maximum stay
  • Reservations canbe made by:
  1. Emailing Kidspace@shamesjcc.org
  2. Calling ext. 1152, during Kidspace operating hours
  3. Speaking with a Kidspace staff member in-person in advance of drop-off
  • Reservations may be made in advance of a specific day or as part of a repeating weekly reservation list.
  • Reservation requests must be formally accepted and confirmed by Kidspace staff prior to arrival
  • Reservation requests made outside of reservation hours will be responded to in the orderthey are received when Kidspace re-opens
  • Pick-up and drop-off must be in accordance with confirmed reservation times.  If a member is late dropping off a child, the time cannot be extended at pick up.
  • A 15-minute window will be provided for late pick up at an additional charge of $8.00



Beginning March 1, 2020, cancelations/modifications to all reservations must be made 24-hours in advance to avoid being charged. All cancelations or reservation changes should be made at least 24 hours in advance by emailing kidspace@shamesjcc.org

Three missed reservations will result in removal from the weekly reservation list and will require daily reservation requests.



  • Recommended method:  Purchase a package of 30, one-hour slots at a discounted rate  of $210 and SAVE $30!  This package automatically renews when additional hours are needed.
  • Without the 30 slot package, members will be charged $8/hour per child after reservations are confirmed.  Credit cards must remain on file for late service and cancelation fees.
  • Kidspace is charged by the hour.  All reservations and late fees will be rounded up to the hour (Example:  A drop off at 8:30am and pick-up at 9:47am will be charged for a 2-hour stay).



To better assist in the high-quality care of your children and to respect your preferences as a parent, please keep us up-to-date and let us know if your child:

  •  Is in the process of toilet training
  • Has allergies or sensitivities
  • Is not allowed to have screen time or has screen time restrictions
  • Requires special help or attention


To better assist and provide quicker response to emails, please be sure to email kidspace@shamesjcc.org rather than individual staff email addresses.  Using this email address will lead to the fastest response.